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Brian Utting

Brian got his initial training at the Brenneke School of Massage and by apprenticing with Catherin Maxwell, ND. He practiced for several years in private, chiropractic, and clinical settings with a focus on deep tissue work and the evaluation and treatment of injuries (license #MA1011).

Brian founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (BUSM) in Seattle, WA in 1982 and was BUSM's Director, Director of Education, and a lead instructor there for 26 years. Brian developed and refined the curriculum at BUSM and taught many subjects, including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, contraindications, business skills, communication skills, hydrotherapy, and a variety of massage techniques. His 1000-hour COMTA-accredited school was considered one of the best massage schools in the country.

Brian has been teaching massage CE nationally and internationally since 1990. He designs his CE classes and programs so that the students really get the material and can take it home and apply it in their practice, rather than just being exposed to it. He teaches with a rare blend of knowledge, passion, precision, humor, common sense, and depth. In 2009 Brian was awarded the AMTA's Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2014, he was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Steve Evanko

Stephen Evanko, Ph.D, is a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and has practiced in Seattle for 12 years. He received his PhD in 1993 from the University of New Mexico, where he studied the biological properties and biochemistry of connective tissues. When he first experienced Rolfing in 1995, he was so impressed with the profound results that he decided to make Rolfing his new career. Steve currently has a full-time Rolfing practice in Seattle and serves part-time as a staff scientist at The Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle, where he studies the biological properties of connective tissue cells and extracellular matrix. He has conducted biomechanical studies on tendons and fibrocartilage and the tissue response to cyclic compression, and has published several peer-reviewed papers.

Mike Hamm

Michael Hamm, LMP CCST, maintains a full-time bodywork practice focused on orthopedic injury and trauma recovery.  He teaches anatomy, research literacy, and neurofascial bodywork in Seattle and around the US.  Mike is a Trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation and co-chair of the Foundation's Best Practices Committee.  He believes that we're witnessing a powerful moment in the history of integrative medicine, and is trying to help bodyworkers take part in the conversation.  When not practicing or teaching, Mike plays music in a Seattle band.  To learn more about Mike's work, see www.neurofascia.com .

Tanya Hughes

Tanya Hughes is a Licensed Massage Therapist (#MA17537), certified in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage, which focuses on skillful and heartfully informed bodywork. Her approach is solidly grounded in over a decade of study in soft tissue bodywork, anatomy & physiology, yoga, meditation, breathwork, and more. A believer in the healing power of consciousness through touch, Tanya focuses on inspiring increased body awareness and self-care as a pathway to optimal well-being. 

Benjamin Lee

Benjamin Lee graduated from the Brian Utting School of Massage, where he also began teaching. He is currently an instructor at the Cortiva Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music (classical guitar), and loves to weave in a sense of artistry into his work. Benjamin also has certifications in Craniosacral therapy and Reflexology, with additional studies in injury treatment, fascial release, and neuromuscular and positional release techniques (license #MA20698). Benjamin maintains a private practice in downtown Seattle. He is a self-proclaimed geek in all things bodywork, and he brings his genuine passion, knowledge, and fun into his teaching. His work is deeply informed by his own profound healing experiences through bodywork and movement therapies. He thinks exploring what it means to be an embodied human being is a kick in the pants, and he loves to dance and hike barefoot, and to feel the earth beneath his feet with all 33 joints in each foot.

Yasuo Mori

The practice of authentic Shiatsu was handed down to Yasuo Mori by his mother in Nagasaki, Japan.  Over the years he has developed his own unique style of treatment by incorporating his understanding of Japanese folk medicine, macrobiotics, exercise and massage.  Yasuo is licensed in the state of Washington and has been a member of the AMTA since 1983.  He has taught Shiatsu extensively at numerous colleges, massage schools and private workshops across the Northwest.

Pat O’Rourke, LMP

Pat O’Rourke

Pat O’Rourke (WA license #MA2029 has been an LMP since 1984 and taught at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle for 20 years. Her focus is on structural work, injury assessment and treatment, craniosacral work, and resolving pain, trauma, and discomfort.

Pat trained and certified as a teacher with Ben Benjamin for injury assessment and treatment; studied muscle energy technique with Rich Phaigh for further understanding of neurological holding and spinal dysfunction; is certified in the biodynamic model of craniosacral work, which adds a component of treating the nervous system and trauma; and is certified in structural integration through Tom Myers's KMI program. Her many years of teaching cadaver anatomy helped to round out the technical specificity necessary to understand the physical puzzle of the body.

Marv Thomas, MSW

Marv Thomas

Marv is a man who wears two hats: therapist and community builder. He dances between his passion for assisting people in therapy, and for formulating a way to make community work in our rapidly changing world. He leads workshops, lectures, and writes books. The center of his work is teaching the art of enhancing relationships. He loves life and helping others to love theirs. Marv has worked with over 10,000 individuals and couples in therapy, students in schools, and professionals in organizations. He has studied almost all the contemporary methods of psychology in addition to bodywork, dance, and drama.

Lavon Watson

Lavon (Butch) Watson (license # MA10917) is a graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage and has practiced massage since October 1997. Before becoming a massage therapist, he served as a police officer for over twenty years, spending much of his career as an investigator or supervising the investigations unit with the Redmond Police Department.

Since 2008 Lavon has combined his background in law enforcement with his knowledge of professional bodywork to try and understand issues related to illicit massage and how it affects the massage profession as a whole. He has used that knowledge to push for changes that will better distinguish legitimate business models from those who use massage as a front for illegal activities, and he now teaches a one-of-a-kind ethics class to better inform therapists about these issues and help them become safer in their practices.