Amy Nicole Stewart, LMT#LA 3118
Blue Cliff College Graduate 2002
After completing massage school in 2002 Amy continued to study both Eastern and Western philosophies and still integrates both into her practice. Until 2005 she was studying pre-med in order to go to physical therapy school. However, after enduring the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina Amy found it too difficult to return to traditional colleges. Amy has since found herself continuing her education in the Eastern philosophies and traditional medicines which she has found to be more holistic and helpful.
In 2009 Amy traveled to NYC to study the Auricular Acupunture protocol for PTSD and drug addiction as set up by NADA (National Acupunture Detoxification Association) which helped her own healing tremendously after Hurricane Katrina. During that time she was dealing with her own symptoms of PTSD. Since her recovery from this tragedy, it has been amazing working with others and facilitating their recovery using this amazing protocol. In 2011 Amy completed a Level 1 200 hour program of Soma Veda at the Thai Masssage Institute with Dr.Anthony James. There she studied both the northern and southern methods of Thai Yoga Massage and everyday she continues to see the benefits that these ancient methods have in our modern lives.
In 2013 Amy spent two months in Chaing Mai, Thailand studying at the Old Medicine Hospital as well as two smaller schools with private instruction. One of those was with Pakorn Oh and his school is located inside of one of the many temples in Chaing Mai. This experience was incredible and Amy plans to return some day soon to deepen her practice. Amy has the deepest gratitude for the opportunities to travel and learn.
In 2015 Amy began studying traditional medicine with Mesoamerican Healers. She continues to study plant medicine, natural therapies, and bodywork with these healers and connects their teachings with other traditional teachings and medicines along with the Western models of bodywork and natural therapies for an Integrative and Holistic approach. Amy believes in using proper nutrition, exercise, and bodywork to take care of the everyday illness and also believes that these three things in conjunction with herbs, acupunture, and pranyama are the only medicines we need. Also, if we take the holistic approach as often as possible then one day when drugs may in fact be necessary for treatment our bodies will be able to handle them more effectively. Amy works with a large network of healers and is able to refer people out to someone else as needed. She works with acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and several other therapists and is never afraid to refer someone out if it is obvious that her services may not be exactly what the client needs.
Massage Therapy has been a very natural choice for a profession. Both of Amy's parents were in a very bad car accident before she was born and they were in physical therapy through most of her early childhood. Going with them to therapy, she used to learn techniques and go home and repeat them on her parents. She remembers how happy her mother and father would be when she would massage their neck, shoulders, or feet. Amy continued this work throughout her life and even worked on teammates injuries in high school. Never realizing that one day this would be a huge passion or career for her, it was just what she always did. Amy is very grateful and feels blessed that this has been lifelong and continues to grow for her all of the time.
New Orleans is definitely Amy's favorite place in the world and she feels lucky to have grown up so near to this beautiful city. She appreciates the culture, food, music, and dancing. Having grown up near Baton Rouge Amy was exposed to a lot of Cajun culture as well and for this she feels very fortunate to have been born and raised here in Louisiana and feels blessed to have a career where she is able to serve so many who live and visit here. No matter where she goes in this world, Louisiana will always be home and she is grateful for that.