Charlene Gaffney

Hey, I’m Charlene and I'm fascinated by people and the workings of the human mind. This natural curiosity manifests in my massage career as a genuine interest in helping clients and students along their healing path.

 

The most meaningful part of my career so far has been the nine years I spent teaching massage school where I learned that a great teacher doesn’t always have an answer. I strive instead to make whatever I’m teaching relatable and take great pride in producing “ah-ha” moments that will stick with students forever.

 

Something people may not know about me is that I was a hospital candy striper for a short time in high school and worked as a baby photographer and substitute teacher after graduation. I was 19 years old when I started massage school so the majority of my adult and professional life has been working in this industry. Besides good old-fashioned hard work I believe that success in this field relies on adaptability, balance and a willingness to work on ourselves as individuals.

 

I enjoy collaborating with organizations and individuals who desire to do good, serve others and preserve the integrity of the massage profession as a whole. When I’m not involved with massage therapy I’m either traveling the world or snuggled up with my cat watching movies, reading a good book or planning my next adventure!

Professional Healing Arts Background

  • Massage Diploma (2001) Blue Cliff School of Therapeutic Massage Gulfport, MS

  • MS (retired) & TN Licensed Massage Therapist (current)

  • Resort and Day Spa Massage Experience (2001 - 2004) Bellissimo Spa at the Grand Casino Tunica, MS and Gould's Day Spa Memphis, TN

  • Board Certified Massage Therapist (2005) National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

  • Reiki Master/Teacher (2004 - 2012) lineage Mary McDaniel, Jane Abraham, Lee Wilkerson

  • Pangu Mystical Qi Gong practitioner (2016 - present)

  • Massage Therapist/Business Owner (2010 - present) TN Massage & Bodywork Memphis, TN

  • Thai Massage Therapist (2008 - present) Lineage/Teachers USA : Chuck Duff, Tanya Boigenzhan, Michael Buck, Nephyr Jacobsen, Pierce Salguero, David Wells, Bob Haddad Thailand : Suriyan Punyafoo, Sunshine School, Pichest Boonthumme, Loi Kroh School Chiang Mai, Therdchai Chumphoopong at The Fine Art of Thai Massage School

  • Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Therapist (2012 - present) Lineage/Teachers Ruthie Hardee, Mary-Claire Fredette

Teaching Career 

  • Massage Therapy Instructor (2004 - 2013) Concorde Career College Memphis, TN

  • NCTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider (2009 - present)

  • 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor (2013) Ana Brett & Ravi Singh 

  • Ashiatsu Instructor (2014 - 2016) Deep Feet Bar Therapy

  • Registered Thai Teacher (2019) Thai Healing Alliance International

  • Certified Massage and Bodywork Educator (2019 - present) Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

  • Owner/Founder and Curriculum Specialist (2017 - present) Elevate Massage Training

Additional Education

  • B.A. Psychology (2010) University of Memphis

  • Final undergraduate semester (2009 - 2010) Universidad de Costa Rica

  • B.A. Spanish (2010) University of Memphis

  • M.A. English/ESL (2012) University of Memphis