Axelrod, NCMT, RMT, CR 'Hot Stone
After working more than 20+ years in education
and the corporate world, Mary decided that she wanted to assist people in a way that would promote
health & wellness -- a more ‘hands-on’ approach in making a difference in people’s lives.
During her previous career she saw so many people who lived with chronic headaches, back pain and
other pain and they believed there was nothing they could do but live with it. She observed that
regular self-care, preventive medicine and a holistic health approach were not part of
many lives and over the years thhere was growing interest in health and
As an educator and business professional, Mary understands first hand how important is to manage
the high stress in our busy lives and work with therapeutic massage and bodywork therapies,
healthy habits for stress management and wellness tools to release the negative effects of stress
on the body and mind.
Mary is a board certified massage therapist and licensed to
practice therapeutic massage in Colorado. A board certified massage
therapist holds the highest standard
of practice for massage therapists, ensures a code of ethics and requires continuing education
for updated and safe practice. She is
also a certified reflexologist and an aromatherapist.
She has a
very successful private therapeutic bodywork practice in Fort Collins, Co, and was voted BEST
massage therapist in Fort Collins! Her clients range in age from 9 to 90 in all walks of life
--including doctors, nurses,
chiropractors, other massage therapists, business professionals, retirees, mothers, fire fighters,
musicians, chefs, engineers, computer professionals, accountants, designers, factory workers,
students, construction workers and teachers!
In addition to her private practice, Mary is an instructor for the
Holistic Health Program at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Fort Collins,
She fully supports and upholds the professional code of ethics (see
below) for her profession.
- Mary Axelrod is a Board Certified Massage
Therapist (BCMT) who runs
her private practice for
Massage & Reflexology Therapies. This is the highest standard of certification
for massage therapists in the United States and involves maintaining a high standard
of ethics as well as taking regular continuing education classes. Board certifcation from the NCBTMB -National Certification Board For Therapeutic
Massage and Bodywork.
- Licensed to practice massage therapies in the
State of Colorado.
Registered Therapist in the State of Colorado - exceeding all state
standards for training. licensure, certification and standards of
- Current Instructor for the
Certificate Program, Aromatherapy classes, Ethics for Holistic Therapists,
Creating a Holistic Business and other holistic classes including the new Massage
Therapy program in the
Holistic Health Program at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins,
- Member of the Reflexology Association of
- Member of the Associated Reflexologists
- Former Certified Instructor for
Phenomenal Touch® Massage from
the Institute of Phenomenal
Touch (Eldorado Springs, Co). Completed a 560 hour 2-year training for
certification to teach at the Institute as well as independent classes in the US and
overseas that are sponsored by the
- Certified Master
Practitioner of Phenomenal Touch® from the Institute of Phenomenal
Touch® (completed 400 hours) taught by Leslie Bruder in Eldorado Springs, CO. Phenomenal Touch techniques
incorporate aspects of
other healing modalities such as Trager, Ah-Shiatsu, Watsu, cranial sacral, yoga, aikido and
Esalen massage -- all done within a loving, flowing, beautiful massage on the massage
- Former Instructor in the Massage Therapy Degree
Program at the Institute for Business and
Medical Careers - IBMC a private college in Fort Collins,
- Completed certification in
Advanced Materia Medica Aromatherapy from the American College of Health Care
Member in good standing: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
a national organization for certified massage
therapists & body workers with strict educational requirements and ethical
- Graduate of
the Healing Arts
- Certified Reflexologist in the State of
- Holds 3rd Degree Reiki Master Level
certification in both Usui (Tibetan) and Karuna Reiki Natural Healing Systems
- Vibrational Sound Healing Therapy -
training with Richard Rudis in Tibetan Singing Bowls & Sound Healing Therapy, Denver
Colorado. In earlier years, Mary was a musician with years of formal music training from
childhood. She sang and played piano, guitar and violin. She loves incorporating the wonderful
benefits of sound therapy into her practice.
- Masters of Business Administration - MBA,
University, Fulton, Missouri
- Bachelor of Science - BS, Computer Information Systems, Sterling
- Associate of Applies Science - AAS, Compuuter Information Systems,
Three Rivers Community College,
Poplear Bluff, MO
Professional Code of Ethics
I am a member of several professional associations for massage and bodywork. All have codes of
ethics similar to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and I hereby
pledge to abide by these Codes of Ethics as outlined below:
§ I shall endeavor to serve the best interests of my clients at all times and
to provide the highest quality service possible.
§ I shall maintain clear and honest communications with my clients and shall
keep client communications confidential.
§ I shall acknowledge the limitations of my skills and, when necessary, refer
clients to the appropriate qualified health care professional.
§ I shall in no way instigate or tolerate any kind of sexual advance while
acting in the capacity of a massage, bodywork, somatic therapy, or esthetic
§ I shall maintain the highest standards of professional conduct, providing
services in an ethical and professional manner in relation to my clientele, business
associates, health care professionals, and the general public.
§ I shall respect the rights of all ethical practitioners and will cooperate
with all health care professionals in a friendly and professional manner.
§ I shall refrain from the use of any mind-altering drugs, alcohol, or
intoxicants prior to or during professional sessions.
§ I shall always dress in a professional manner, proper dress being defined as
attire suitable and consistent with accepted business and professional practice.
§ I shall not be affiliated with or employed by any business that utilizes any
form of sexual suggestiveness or explicit sexuality in its advertising or promotion of
services, or in the actual practice of its services.
Scope of Practice / Appropriate
§ I shall provide services within the scope of the ABMP definition of massage,
bodywork, somatic therapies, and skin care, and the limits of my training. I will not
employ those massage, bodywork, somatic therapies, or skin care techniques for which I
have not had adequate training and shall represent my education, training,
qualifications, and abilities honestly.
§ I shall be conscious of the intent of the services that I am providing, and
shall be aware of and practice good judgment regarding the application of massage,
bodywork, somatic therapies, or skin care techniques utilized.
§ I shall not perform manipulations or adjustments to the human skeletal
structure, diagnose, prescribe, or provide any other service, procedure, or therapy which
requires a license to practice chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, podiatry,
orthopedics, psychotherapy, acupuncture, dermatology, cosmetology, or any other
profession or branch of medicine unless specifically licensed to do so.
§ I shall be thoroughly educated and understand the physiological effects if
the specific massage, bodywork, somatic, or skin care techniques utilized in order to
determine whether such application is contraindicated and / or to determine the most
beneficial techniques to apply to a given individual. I shall not apply massage,
bodywork, somatic or skin care techniques in those cases where they may be
contraindicated without a written referral from the client’s primary care
Image / Advertising Claims
§ I shall strive to project a professional image for myself, my business or
place of employment, and the profession in general.
§ I shall actively participate in educating the public regarding the actual
benefits of massage, bodywork, somatic therapies, and skin care.|
§ I shall practice honestly in advertising, promote my services ethically and
in good taste, and practice and / or advertise only those techniques for which I have
received adequate training or certification. I shall not make false claims regarding the
potential benefits of those techniques rendered.