American Massage Training UK was founded by Jodi Romaker to offer professional online, practical, and CPD courses in various disciplines of massage therapy.
Jodi graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona in 1989, with 1,000 hours of classroom training in massage therapy and related courses such as anatomy and physiology and sports massage. While in Tucson, she worked at five-star resorts whilst gaining experience working with professional golfers and American football players. Her sports massage experience over the years has included the International Weightlifting Championships, The International Judo Championships, Olympic athletes and Professional Golf Tournaments. As the touring manager of a dance troupe, Jodi followed the company to New York City in 1989 where her massage therapy practice focused on performing artists such as professional actors, professional musicians, and professional dancers.
Jodi left New York City to work on a five-star cruise ship as Managing Massage Therapist and Spa Manager. While aboard ship, she had the opportunity to work with professional basketball players, sponsors of the Barcelona Olympics and cruises of celebrities. After almost 2 years aboard ship, in 1992 Jodi backpacked around the world for 6 months whilst exploring various body/mind therapies and philosophies in other countries.
Since 1992, Jodi began to focus more on sports and accident-related injuries and physical rehabilitation through the referrals of physicians in the USA. She also performed on-site chair massages for corporations, including Jeep/Daimler Chrysler. Her massage practice also included working with psychologists on patients recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions, and grief/loss. In 1992 she co-founded a company called Back to Back, which employed and managed several massage therapists.
In 1997, Ms. Romaker founded Orion Institute, a successful USA nationally accredited school for allied healthcare such as Advanced Massage Therapy and Medical Assisting. Starting a school and obtaining the highest US government approvals is not an easy feat for one person, so Jodi was nominated 3 times for Entrepreneur of the year in the state of Ohio. In 2018, Ms. Romaker decided to sell Orion Institute to focus on offering massage therapy training and CPD classes in the UK as well as offering continuing education trips for massage therapists from the USA.
Jodi's continued professional development is vast and has included a certification in aromatherapy, studies in La Stone Therapy, Dr. Vodder's Lymphatic Drainage, advanced sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, positional release, postural assessment, reflexology, Indian Head Massage, and myofascial release, to name a few. Jodi also has several years of teaching experience in the field of massage therapy and curriculum development.
Her experience has included working with many types of individuals, including cancer patients, elderly persons, children, physically challenged individuals, athletes, people with emotional disorders, recovering addicts, patients recovering from accidents and/or traumas and working on dogs recovering from (IVDD) intervertebral disc disease.
In 1993, Jodi received her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and became licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio. After studying at Wittenberg University and the Ohio State University, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Supervision from the University of Toledo. In addition to teaching, she serves as a trustee and Treasurer for Windsor and Maidenhead Youth and Community Counselling Service, a voluntary organisation and charity which offers free counselling to young people and those who care for them.