My name is Mark DeJesus and I have been an Occupational Therapist since graduating from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1999. My early years of work was rooted in the traditional treatment approach that many therapists adopt, but I always felt something was missing.
My first CEU that opened my eyes was a joint mobilization course in 2002. I felt this course was the beginning of my hunger to learn how to become a healer, but still something was missing.
In 2005, I moved to Emporia, KS for a job as a staff OT at Holiday Resort, a long term care facility to mainly be closer to family. In 2007, my journey as a healer truly began. I was offered an opportunity to obtain a certification in Lymphedema Therapy and did so. The manual style of treatment greatly appealed to me, but something was still missing. In 2009, I became certified in Kinesio taping and this laid the groundwork of my understanding of fascia, of which I knew little.
After further self-study of fascia, I was supported by my facility to go to an MFR vacation series for MFR 1, Unwinding, and MFR 2 in September of 2014. Like many others, John’s teaching about fascia, and how the current medical model misses so much, resonated greatly with me. These 3 classes completely changed how I work with my residents and outpatients, as well as forged me into a different person in my daily interactions. It has given me new confidence and fueled me to take more MFR classes including: Fascial-Pelvis, Cervical-Thoracic, Quantum Leap, Rebounding, Women’s Health Seminar, and Pediatrics. I have also had the opportunity to assist at two classes. I am looking forward to furthering my understanding in Myofascial Release and take all classes.