John has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Michigan with published writings on the methodology of the life sciences, and an HHP license from the city of San Diego. He is also CAMTC-certified, a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais teacher, and a Certified Structural Integrator. He is also certified in Thai massage by the Changmai School and studied tui na in China with an AMTA grant. He was a member of the graduate faculty in Philosophy at the University of Illinois in Chicago for 15 years, and taught at the University of New Hampshire, the Aslo Conservatory at the University of South Florida, and San Diego State.
He is presently core adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at National University, guest faculty at Healing Hands, and has a private practice in San Diego. He was on the staff of the Gero-Psychiatric Ward at Mission Bay Hospital for many years as well as teaching in the Integrative Medicine Unit at Scripps. He has taught taiji, meditation, and stress reduction techniques at many venues around the country and has practiced Zazen and Transcendental Meditation for 40 years. He continues his education with recent work over the past 3 years in orthopedic/medical massage, sound/dance/art therapies, and recent pain science developments.
John has taught a wide variety of massage classes, ranging from Thai massage and taiji to structural integration, kinesiology, and orthopedic massage, at numerous massage schools locally over the past 35 years including IPSB, SOHA/ICOHS, and the California College of Holistic Health, as well as having designed several educational programs and served as Ethics Liaison for many years at the School of Healing Arts (SOHA). He continues to mentor students from the massage and Feldenkrais communities, loves traveling and a good road trip, listens to music, and remains an analog island in an increasingly digital universe (which includes his ever-expanding vinyl collection)
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