Inner Works Massage and Training™: Educate, Empower and Advocate
Mission: Bringing the world to Christ through healthy, therapeutic, God-given touch
Values: We acknowledge the Bible as an evidence base, the foundation of Truth, for healing the world through touch.
Purpose: Our purpose is three-fold:
- To educate – those in therapeutic touch professions, those in a position of power, and the public about Biblically-based therapeutic touch and bodywork
- To empower –Biblical truths into the lives of those in the therapeutic touch professions, those in a position of power, and the public to practice safe, efficacious, ethical touch
- To advocate – for the end of illicit use of touch by criminals and those intending harm such as:
- Those who use massage as a form of human trafficking and prostitution.
- Those who use their power to hurt others through sexual abuse
About the Founder:
Rebekah Blowers, MSHS, LMT became born again – again, on December 20, 2015 when she was baptized and re-committed her life to Christ Jesus. The biblical principle for her life has been based on Romans 12:2 to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” through the Holy Spirit. This transformation, along with the Godly guidance of her mother, who is also a massage therapist, has convinced her that the way she approaches every aspect of her life must change – including her work in healthcare.
Rebekah graduated massage therapy school and became NCBTMB certified in 2008 while still on active duty in the US Navy. Along with being Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, She currently keeps an active massage therapy license in the states of Florida and Kentucky. She started in the spa industry and was greatly concerned with the way therapists were being treated, and the lack of self-care in that industry so she was inspired to become a NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider in 2013, teaching Intuitive Deep Tissue, Business, Ethics, and Self-Care through Aromatherapy to licensed massage therapists and also at a local massage therapy school.
She left working in massage full-time in 2012 after earning a Bachelor of Health Science in Health Administration at the University of West Florida and accepting a position with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Her calling in studying health administration and working with the VHA has always been to bring massage therapy and bodywork to the Veteran population. As an 8-year Navy Veteran, Rebekah knows first-hand the complexities of the needs – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually – of these men and women. Massage therapy changed her life and initiated healing in ways that she never knew possible – mind, body and spirit – so how could this option be brought to all Veterans? What are the disparities in health within the VA Healthcare system that prevents massage and bodywork to be brought to all Veterans everywhere? As a user of VA benefits and healthcare, Rebekah was going to learn – from the inside out.
While working for VHA in the panhandle of Florida from 2012-2014, Rebekah worked on her own clients, taught at a massage therapy school, and her own continuing education classes as well as volunteered as the 2nd Vice President of the Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. In 2014 while working on her Masters in Health Science, Health Education she received an opportunity across country to advance her VA career. In 2015, after completing her Masters she was accepted as a Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP) Fellow to study under a Medical Center Director in Kentucky and learn exactly how a VA Medical Center works. This opportunity also brought Rebekah to Washington DC to see VA Central Office and created many networking opportunities. She accepted her current position after successfully completing her Fellowship with the Office of Strategic Integration/Veterans Engineering Resource Center. This position places Rebekah in a place to understand reform of VA at an even higher level.
While in Kentucky, Rebekah continued to practice massage regularly and wanted to re-build her education materials. Simultaneously, since making the decision that Jesus was her Lord and reading His Word daily, reconnecting with her family on a spiritual level, and most importantly – receiving guidance from the Holy Spirit, she knew that the only way to continue was God’s way.
Rebekah hopes that we can bring a call-to-action, a wake-up call to the massage and bodywork community to not be deceived by “godless myths and old wives’ tales (1 Tim 4:7)” of healing and where the source of our healing comes from. But rather we can begin to “train yourselves to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, hodling promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive) that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. (1 Tim 6: 7-10 NIV).”
Rebekah is seeing how the Lord is bringing His vision for her life – bringing massage to the Veteran population – to pass. She is currently working on a class with collaboration from the VHA’s Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation called The “Department of Veterans Affairs and Massage Therapy – Research, Advocacy and Implementation.” She is hoping to start teaching this in the Fall of 2017.