Kathie Bright received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications, and another in Media Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. After working in the audio industry for 15 years, she decided to work in Bodywork, Health and Exercise.
Exercise came first, and Kathie received her Aquatic Exercise Association Aquatic Exercise Certification in 1992. Next was the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Certification in 1993. Kathie has been a workshop presenter at various Conferences, including the International Aquatic Fitness Conference and The Health Instructor Network.
Massage Therapy came next. Kathie graduated from the Carolina School of Massage Therapy in 1995, becoming Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork the same year. While in school, Kathie worked as a trigger point therapist at a physical therapy clinic for 9 months. In 1996 she was asked to assistant teach at CSMT, and an Instructor position at Durham Technical Community College for community Massage classes soon followed.
Her next trainings included Connective Tissue Massage/Fascia Work, Stone Healing, Kinesiology, and continuing studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Science, Pain Management and Energetic Healing.
Kathie became an Usui Reiki Master in 1997, and completed over 3 years of study to become a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner in 1999.
When licensure became a reality in North Carolina, Kathie became the 797th Practitioner to be given a License for Massage and Bodywork Therapy.
There are always wonderful volunteer opportunities for Massage Therapists to be a part of. While there are too many to list here, the following are some of the highlights:
In 2001, Kathie had the privilege of becoming a member of the Carolina Emergency Response Massage Team. Her first deployment was to join the team in New York following the tragedy of September 11th. Kathie worked with social workers at Safe Horizon, as well as firefighters, police, sanitation workers and construction workers who were working tirelessly at Freshkills Landfill and St. Paul's Church at New York's Ground Zero. In 2003, Kathie and the team worked with emergency personnel at Kinston, NC and at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh following Hurricane Isabel.
In 2005 after Hurricane Katrina (and during Rita) Kathie and the team brought relief to gulf coast workers in Mississippi. CERMT was deployed by the NC State Government to provide Critical Incident Stress Management to the workers there. The teams brought relief to firefighters, law enforcement, search and rescue teams, National Guard, coast guard, emergency operations personnel, mortuary workers, MEMA and FEMA workers.
Volunteering at Farm Aid in 2014 was another absolute privilege. Several Massage Therapists gave chair massages to farmers from all over the country to help show our appreciation for all that they do.