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Maureen O'Rourke, LMT, a former dancer with a BFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, teaches muscular anatomy-in-clay for dancers using the Maniken model, as well as anatomy/physiology, kinesiology/injury prevention and Pilates in the college dance program at University of Florida / NWSA since 1988; and gives many lectures and workshops dealing with anatomy and injury prevention for dancers, massage therapists & Pilates teachers around the world. Ms. O'Rourke is a licensed massage therapist, certified neuromuscular therapist, and Pilates teacher, specializing in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention. In addition to working with her private Pilates & massage therapy clients in the Miami area, she heads the therapy department at the New World School of the Arts' dance division, where she works with high school, college, and professional dancers. She uses techniques from hydrotherapy such as whirlpool, ice massage and contrast baths as well as trigger point release work, connective tissue massage, postural re-alignment, Pilates, and stretching to rehabilitate injured dancers, and to teach them how to heal small injuries before they become major problems.
MEMBER: American Massage Therapy
Seminars: Jon Zahourek (Anatomy Studies with Maniken & Craniken Models - AMTA
Anatomy Summit July 1991, and continuing), Thomas Myers (Anatomy Trains), Paul
St. John & Leon Chaitow (Neuromuscular Therapy), John Barnes, Dale Alexander,
Phil Aberman & Erik Dalton (Connective Tissue Work / Craniosacral Therapy),
Bodhi Kocica (Hoshino Therapy), Ben Benjamin, Michael Loomis, & David Kasparsak
(Sports Massage Therapy), Aaron Mattes & Leonard Elbaum (Kinesiology &
Stretching), Judith Aston (Aston Patterning), Alma Shissler (Hydrotherapy),
Michele Larsson, Deborah Lessen, Kevin Bowen, Laure Sharadsky, Brent Anderson,
MASSAGE THERAPY & PILATES WORK: 1988-present: Head of Therapy Department, New World School of the Arts Dance Division 1987-present: Private massage therapy and Pilates clients in Miami area 2004-present: Pilates mat classes twice weekly at The Conservatory in South Miami 2010-present: Pilates mat classes at CGCC Wellness Center, Coral Gables 2004-2011: Pilates in the Garden mat classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden 1987-89: Doral Saturnia Spa, Studio Cosmyl 1988-89: Health Dynamics, with Paul Canali, D.C.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1991-present: Lectures, panels, master classes - “Hands-On Anatomy”, Maniken (Anatomy in Clay), Appropriate Choreography for Children, Pilates-based Exercise, LMT in Dance Medicine, Anatomy/Injury Prevention for Dancers: Tsoying Taiwan - WDA; Indonesia - DACI; Australia - NDA; Louisville & Niagara Falls, Portland - Network of Performing Arts HS’s; Miami Beach - FSMTA; Aspen -PAMA; Tampa, Miami - FDA; Miami - NHSDF & ACDFA; Miami, New York, San Francisco, West Palm Beach - IADMS; Orlando – PMA; Miami, Kendall and South Miami FL - Anatomy for Pilates Instructors (Polestar & “Hands-On Anatomy”) 1988-present: New World School of the Arts, Dance Division - Anatomy & Physiology, Maniken (Sculptural Anatomy), Kinesiology & Palpation, Injury Prevention Lectures, Anatomy for Visual Artists 1990-98: Educating Hands School of Massage Therapy - Hydrotherapy, Kinesiology & Palpation, Anatomy in Clay, Anatomy & Physiology, Commonly-encountered Soft-tissue Pathologies & Treatments 1990-2010: Florida Dance Festival, Dade County Dance Teachers Association - Anatomy, Injury Prevention & Treatment, Benefits of Massage Therapy for Dancers Lectures 1990:
PUBLICATIONS: Hydrotherapy and Heliotherapy: Natural Healing With Water, Herbs, and Sunlight, Published in