Massage, Somatic Unwinding®, The Grief Recovery Method®

About The Practitioner

"All we have to do is preserve our personality, to live our own life, be captain of our own ship, and all will be well." - Dr. Edward Bach

I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, where I got my high school equivalency a few months into freshman year after discovering computers and the mid-90's hacking community. I dove head first into the workforce, beginning in fast food, and becoming Director of Operations of a retail computer store at age 17. I moved to Seattle in 1998 to test server software at Microsoft, bounding the .com boom into y2k. 

In 2003, I left the technology field to literally join the circus as a stage manager, eventually becoming a performer myself, as well as an aerial circus coach. I performed internationally, directed performances, and found through the practice of circus as well as theater that I particularly excel at teaching fundamentals to intrepid beginners.

While working in medical office administration in 2006, I chose to pursue a career in the bodywork. I was in the last graduating class of the original, world-renowned school curriculum of the Brian Utting school, who's motto was "to produce outstanding massage practitioners with a deeper sense of their humanity.". I opened my business practicing nights and weekends in City Chiropractic at the Medical Dental Building of downtown Seattle in 2008.

In 2011, I moved my practice to the historic Pioneer Building, where I really began weaving my eclectic skill set and unique life experience into the effective and memorable education that I offer my clients today. By 2012, I became certified in Somatic Unwinding® by the techniques founder, Karen Clay, unlocking one secret to gentle, effective results, particularly for the traumatized and touch-averse.

As I worked over many years and various techniques to heal from my accumulated losses, I recognized how vital, universal, and misunderstood grief is in our colonized society. After having gone through the program to great success myself, I decided I wanted to help others learn the method of grief recovery I use, and became certified to teach the Grief Recovery Method in 2014. 

In 2015, after shuttering my Pioneer Square location, I embraced an itinerant life. I roamed the country as an artist in a passenger van, touring musically and preaching proletarian feminism and social/political justice. In 3 years and 3 loops, some places called to me in some ways, but none so strongly as where I eventually landed; the City of Destiny.

I moved into my current office location in the Passages Building in Tacoma's Theater District in the fall of 2018, creating spaces for conference, treatment, connection, sharing, and art creation, stepping boldly into the next chapter for Artful Touch. I'm a breath shy of 40 now, with the language of an artist and the communication of an engineer, having developed a unique, polymathic, custom-tailored approach to offering you solutions, care, and tools to help you keep going.

We all have a story to tell. What's yours?

Take care of you,

Courtnee Fallon Rex, LMT, CGRS

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