Delia Ahouandjinou practices what is called “Manual Therapy” in the United States and “osteopathy” in the rest of the world. Manual Therapy includes techniques such as CranioSacral Therapy, Somato Emotional Release, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation and more.
Delia is a manual therapist, certified in CranioSacral Therapy. She holds a New York State License in Massage Therapy. She is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork by The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). Her career as a manual therapist arose from her extensive ongoing research of developing the body and mind’s wellbeing and power.
Delia studied Manual Therapy techniques at the Upledger Institute and at the Barral and Chikly Institutes. Delia is a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City. There she was trained in Western modalities of massage including deep tissue and Swedish massage, sports and rehabilitation techniques as well as Eastern modalities of Chinese medicine and shiatsu. Delia is also a Reiki Master and practices meditation since 20 years.
Delia was born and raised in Normandy, France. Her dedication to the healing arts was naturally born during her former career as a dancer for the Opera of Paris and the Martha Graham Ensemble when she experienced the tremendous wear and tear placed upon an athlete’s body. To add to this demanding lifestyle, after years of unexplained pain, she was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and received traditional allopathic treatment for several years. Refusing to trade her active life with one of a patient crippled by a chronic autoimmune illness and the high doses of anti-inflammatory medication she was prescribed, Delia sought out alternative therapies and turned to Manual Therapy, osteopathy and energy work. After a few years of extensive healing, she was finally free from pain and medications. This challenging experience allowed her to find her inner voice. Upon retiring from dance, Delia was ready to share with the world her explorations in the profound, nurturing, life changing potential of the art of Manual Therapy.
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