A new beginning

Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose.
Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose.

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

I remember when I first stepped into the new shoes of the Administrative Assistant and Receptionist positon for Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, back in March of 2011. I was in awe Lisa Speaker (former Founder and Executive Director) of RMSAAM. She had a sense of style, intuition, and business sense that to this day, I can’t quite put into words – not here and not now – just that she a had a magical way of connecting, and mixing elements of different and unique alchemical types, and meshing them together to bring about the perfect ingredients.

I was the Blog Administrator. I was the person that decided on the final template (that you see now), and implemented the blog design and platform for the blog. I wrote many of the articles that you can read back to starting in April of 2011-present. It did change a few times, but in the end, it was more like finding RMSAAM’s personality and making it cohesive and interactive with the website, and the offerings, information, and personality of RMSAAM that Lisa worked so hard to build and maintain.

I’d like to take my hat off to these two incredible women: Lisa Speaker, and Jenny Rukavina-Marchese, the new owner of RMSAAM! Jenny is a vivacious Gemini – but don’t be fooled, two faces can meld into one. She will always offer you up the things you want, but not the things you think you should have. She will show you the way, the ‘real’ way. You have dreams of becoming an Animal Bodywork Practitioner?  Bring it on… Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose. If this isn’t what you really want, then what are you doing reading this? Go back, do your homework, listen to the whisperings of your soul and know this: Everything comes in its own good time and not yours. Destiny/fate has its own definition of timing and the fact that you’re reading this, tells me that you’re ready to take the first steps into your passion; becoming an Animal Bodywork Practitioner!

Massage – A Workout for You and the Dog!

By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

Giving a massage can be a workout. It can be not only physically challenging, but mentally and emotionally demanding as well. It is important for you to take care of yourself. Yoga is a great way to get in tune with your breathing and to keep your body limber–I know massage therapists who swear by it. Finding your center and practicing good posture are also important.

But, keep in mind that you aren’t the only one getting a workout. Massage can be a workout for the dog as well. Did you know that just 10 minutes of massage can be equal to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for a dog? Massage raises the dog’s heart rate and releases endorphins. This can be tough on a senior dog or a dog in distress.

To learn more about preparing yourself for massage and keeping the dog’s needs in mind, register for “Canine Massage Level 1”!

The Mystery of Knowing

Just how much does fate or destiny play a role in our ‘passion’? (Image: Office.com)
Just how much does fate or destiny play a role in our ‘passion’? (Image: Office.com)


The whole idea of knowledge is that it’s based on information. Making informed decisions gives us ample room to maneuver around what we already know.

We’ve discussed in the past few entries, following your heart; your passion. Let’s face it; the unknown is not a ‘known’ factor. So how do we begin to know what our passion really is?

Many people rely on education, experience, and other valuable sources of information. Others rely on pure gut instinct; the intuitive mind. They are often drawn as if by a magnet, to peruse a certain website, magazine, or even by reading a book.

They will make certain connections to others that open unexpected and surprising doors. Many prospective RMSAAM students have been drawn to study at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, and just ‘knew’ it was the right school for them. They did searches on Animal Massage Schools, and RMSAAM’s website popped up. They began by asking a few questions, which then turned into well-rounded, and specific questions, which then ultimately provided the necessary answers to make an informed decision.

Just how much does fate or destiny play a role in our ‘passion’? RMSAAM would love to hear your take on it, and even how you came to read this very entry at this moment; especially because you love animals, and you are wondering how you can help our animal friends, and make a living at it at the same time! We are looking forward to hearing your story!

What is a “Certification” in Animal Massage or Acupressure?

Lisa Speaker, and Betty; 'Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.' Sudie Back

by Lisa Speaker

RMSAAM combines it’s tried and proven curriculum, state credentialed, and experienced instructors, and a strong Code of Ethics, to bring students the best adult education experience available. Our curriculum and our instructors strive to exceed students’ needs and expectations before, during, and after their studies. We continue to ensure the highest quality in our curriculum, instructors, educational materials, guest speakers, and student, and graduate support offerings.

Once you have successfully completed course requirements you will receive your certificate of Certification through Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM). This certificate verifies that you have successfully completed all required study, classroom work, hand’s-on hours, and testing in your program of study.

This certificate is a professional document from a state approved institution of higher education, RMSAAM. If you are in the state of Colorado (or any other state with similar animal massage laws) and plan to work with a veterinarian you should be prepared to show this document to the veterinarian and always have it on hand either in your office, or on mobile appointments as proof that you have met state requirements.

RMSAAM’s reputation for quality is unsurpassed. We are recognized around the world for our top-notch instructors, excellent curriculum, published educational materials, and testing standards. RMSAAM is a pioneer in the animal massage industry and in the political arena, helping to write and pass laws allowing animal massage practitioners to practice what they have studied hard to achieve and love to do.