Mary Alice Farina

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts.” Arnold Bennett

I actually began my study of massage therapy on horses. I wanted to be a physical therapist for horses but there wasn't a program available. Seeking warmer climates, I moved to NC and began my study of Human massage therapy. My love of teaching around horses, extended to schools of massage therapy and my former position as Program Coordinator at Sandhills Community College. As a full time college Professor at Sandhills Community College which hosts a Diploma and Degree in Therapeutic Massage...

I actually began my study of massage therapy on horses. I wanted to be a physical therapist for horses but there wasn't a program available. Seeking warmer climates, I moved to NC and began my study of Human massage therapy. My love of teaching around horses, extended to schools of massage therapy and my former position as Program Coordinator at Sandhills Community College. As a full time college Professor at Sandhills Community College which hosts a Diploma and Degree in Therapeutic Massage, I taught many clinical skills and modalities. My private practice supports the athletic and personal health endeavors of both equine athletes and wonderful human beings.

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Licenses
Massage

NC # 1338

Education
1997

Coastal Carolina School of Massage

Certificate in Massage Therapy

2005

University of Phoenix

Masters in Adult Education and Distance Learning

1994

SUNY Albany

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Experience
Bodywork

Craniosacral Therapy

I began my study of Craniosacral therapy with Ken Dipersio a Diplomate of the Upledger Institute. Ken’s unique approach blends the biomechanical and biodynamic approaches to the practice of Craniosacral therapy. I further my study with the Upledger Institute and am pursuing Diplomate status through course progression. For more information: https://www.upledger.com/therapies/faq.php

Visceral Manipulation

I have completed all 6 Visceral Manipulation courses at the Barral Institute. I will complete my study of Manual Articulation Osteopathic techniques soon. (Spine, Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity) Trainings Completed CS1 CS2 ESE1 ESE2 LT1 MASP MAUE NM1 NM2 TBB1 VM1 VM2 VM3 VM4 VM5 VM6 VVML Qualified to Assist ESE1 ESE2 LBTB TBB1 VM1 VM2 For more information: https://discovervm.com/

Professor of Therapeutic Massage

I served as both Program Coordinator and as Clinical Lab instructor at Sandhills Community College for 15 years. I instructed students in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Chair Massage, Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue techniques including: Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular therapy, orthopedic assessment, Craniosacral Therapy Nerve mobilization, and other Outcome based modalities.

Equine Therapy

I have studied Equine Craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute and Equissage with Mary Schriber. I hold certifications in Equine Taping and use of IASTM from RockTape. I began practicing bodywork for horses in 1995. I grew up with Welsh Ponies/Cobs, Quarterhorses and Thoroughbreds. In my youth I competed in Combined Training Events and studied Animals Science with a specialization in Equine Science from UNH. Classical Dressage and driving remain a passion to this day. Balancing the biomechanics of horse and rider is a life long study.

D’Ambrogio Institute Course work

Total Body Balancing and Lymphatic Total Body Balancing are both treatment programs from the D’Ambriogio Institute. For more information: https://www.dambrogioinstitute.com/therapies/index.php

Neural Manipulation

Neural Manipulation begins with an understanding of how trauma affects the brain. Peripheral nerves are directly affected by fascial techniques and contact in areas where nerves are accessible to palpation. Muscles will contract in order to protect structures and decrease neural tension. Often chronically tight muscles are related to some form of nerve entrapment. For more information: https://www.barralinstitute.com/therapies/nm.php

New Manual Articular Approach

This unique approach to joints and the associated structures of these orthopedic tissues is profoundly effective and gentle. Courses of study are the Upper Extremity, The Spine, the Lower Extremity and advanced course work. For more information: https://www.barralinstitute.com/therapies/nmaa.php

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Drew on Jun 07
I highly recommend Mary Alice. She is very professional and does an incredible job. I have visited her with my body suffering from pains and aches and frozen joints and after being treated, the joints are unfrozen and the pain is gone. She listens to the body and responda accordingly so the body can again works the way it should. Much respect for what she does and thankful for what she does so that I feel better and my body functions as intended. Thank you so much.
by Drew on Jun 07
I highly recommend Mary Alice. She is very professional and does an incredible job. I have visited her with my body suffering from pains and aches and frozen joints and after being treated, the joints are unfrozen and the pain is gone. She listens to the body and responda accordingly so the body can again works the way it should. Much respect for what she does and thankful for what she does so that I feel better and my body functions as intended. Thank you so much.
by Nancy on Jun 05
Knows how to determine what is wrong with the body
by Nancy on Jun 05
She is an excellent clinician.
by Christina B on May 21
I’m thrilled that Mary Alice was recommended to me

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Integrated Massage
  • Medical Massage
  • Other
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Equine Therapy
  • Mobile Equine Therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Visceral Manipulation
  • Corrective Exercise Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage