CTT Practitioners

John Chanik

John Chanik, BFA, CMA, CTT, RSMT, has taught and worked in the fields of Movement Analysis and movement therapy extensively since 1989. Senior Faculty and Coordinator for the Yearlong Certificate Program at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in NYC . He has served as faculty on the Yearlong, Modular and Intensive Programs at LIMS since 1991.

John also teaches for Moving On Center's Somatic Movement Therapy Training program in NYC and has taught in Connective Tissue Therapy training programs given by Theresa Lamb.

John maintains a private practice in therapeutic fitness, movement coaching and Connective Tissue Techniques. John has worked with many different client populations from the elderly to dancers on issues ranging from maintaining a high level of function to managing chronic injuries and body conditions.

John worked as a movement therapist in neuromuscular repatterning at Dr. Richard Bachrach’s Center for Osteopathic Medicine from 1990 to 1997 John has an extensive background in modern dance and ballet and holds a BFA from the University of Utah.

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Jackie Hand

Jackie Hand, Certified (Laban) Movement Analyst (CMA), MA (University of Oregon), BFA (Ohio State University), is an ISMETA Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator. She has taught ballet, modern dance and Laban Movement Studies for many years. As a Dance Educator, Jackie was on the dance faculty at Gettysburg College and Emory University and in studios in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. As a Movement Educator, Jackie has taught Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals (LMA/BF) at New York University,Teachers’ College Columbia University, Montclair State University, at Bates Dance Festival and internationally in Berlin, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary. Known as a Movement Analyst and Educator with creative applications of her Laban training in diverse situations, she has served since 1983 on the faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in NYC. Senior Faculty, of LIMS' New York City Modular Certificate programs. In 2012, she was invited to present lecture/movement workshops on the perception of energy and new perspectives of human anatomy in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. (UFBA) She continues to offer workshops and to serve as a guest teacher.

As a Bodyworker, Jackie’s training in Connective Tissue Treatments with Theresa Lamb began in 1984 and continued as she studied with and assisted Theresa in trainings until 1996. Jackie regularly met and continues to meet with fellow Certified Movement Analysts John Chanik and Willa Needler as they explore, deepen and refine their own Connective Tissue skills. In 2011 they formed Connective Tissue Techniques®, an outgrowth and extension of their accumulated experience in bodywork and movement, and a registered trademark of Connective Tissue Techniques, LLC.

Jackie is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) since 1993. She is also Certified as a Massage Therapist in Virginia, and Licensed as a Massage and Bodywork Therapist in North Carolina (#8916) and New Jersey.

Certified as a CranioSacral Therapist through Upledger Institute, Inc., Jackie assists in Craniosacral Therapy I and II, SomatoEmotional Release I and II and Pediatrics courses. She also conducts monthly study groups as a CranioSacral Study Group Leader for Upledger Institute, Inc.

Currently living in Cary, NC, Jackie has a private practice in Movement Re-education and Connective Tissue and CranioSacral Therapies. Please check her website: www.embodyment-itm.com for further information.

email: jackie@connectivetissuetechniques.org

Willa Needler

Willa Needler was certified in Connective Tissue Therapy by Theresa Lamb in 1984, and subsequently worked with Lamb in training other candidates, including her colleagues Jackie Hand and John Chanik, in Connective Tissue Therapy.

Willa is certified in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (1983), in Chinese Herbal Studies from the Swedish Institute of New York (1994), and has been a Certified Remotivation Therapist since 1980. She has been continually Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork with the NCBTMB since 1992. She holds a B. A. degree from Barnard College and an M. A. in Dance from Wesleyan University.

Willa taught Modern Dance, Movement Improvisation, Fundamentals of Movement and Alignment, Movement for Special Populations, and Teaching Dance to Children, at Wesleyan University from 1976 to 1983. She has conducted movement classes throughout the state of Connecticut, specializing in Movement Re-education, Improvisation, and Group Dynamics. She was a co-founder of Sonomama Improvisation Dance Theatre, in which she performed and taught from 1971 to 1984.

    In 1983 Willa founded Body Learning, where she has continually maintained in New Haven, Connecticut a full-time private practice in Connective Tissue Techniques, Movement Re-education, and Body Movement Therapy.

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