About Me

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It’s important to know who you’re working with so you can decide if we might work well together. 

Amy Hanson, MA, LMT, CST-D

*Certified with the Upledger Institute for CranioSacral techniques and at the diplomate level (highest level offered)

*Advanced-level training with the Upledger Institute

*Master’s degree from UC Berkeley (Microbiology); science/medical writer at the Harvard Health Letter, the Harvard Medical School News Office, and the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” TV show.

Geek

Ages ago, I was a Microbiology major at the University of Illinois. I loved the work and went to graduate school at UC Berkeley. But the research wasn’t adventurous enough for me, so I left with a master’s to find a different kind of life.

Writer

I became a science writer at The Daily Californian in Berkeley, CA. Then I worked at The Daily Ledger in Antioch, CA. When my husband and I moved to Boston, I worked as a science/medical reporter at the Harvard Health Letter and the Harvard Medical School News Office. We did have computers back then (Kaypros with 4-inch square screens), but no internet. We had to find reference articles in the library! On paper! Gak!

Geek Writer

In Tacoma, I worked as a science researcher and background writer at the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” TV show during its first two seasons. The show was written, and a lot of it filmed, in a warehouse near the King Dome (before they blew up the King Dome). I tried hard to stay behind the scenes but was arm-twisted to be a stressed-out computer person in the “Structures” show.  I’m in their Structures show around time point 8:03. Don’t blink or you’ll miss me! (I’ll try to find it again, the link stopped working. arg.)

Here I am with Bill at the 30th anniversary reunion in 2023.

More Geeking

While home raising the kids, I wrote science fiction to keep my brain alive.  I was a terrible fiction writer and have no published work (a great relief to literature at large). On the bright side, I helped to start Broad Universe, a cooperative group promoting women authors in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They’re at www.broaduniverse.org.

Granite

When I left the science fiction world, I got a job at a granite company in town. I ran a computerized machine that cut out sinkholes and arcs; the guys in the back shop considered machine work to be girly, so that worked out fine. I loved the colors and patterns of granite, but after a couple of years, I wanted to work in a warm room in the winter, have groovy co-workers, and work in a job that was both hands-on and brains-on.

Massage

I ended up in massage school at Cortiva-Seattle. Massage brought me back to the science in a way that valued intuition and energy. Taking advantage of my earlier training, I wrote a case report about one of my clients for the school’s research class, and it won a national student case report contest in 2009. It was later published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, a peer-reviewed journal. (Woot!)

CranioSacral Therapy

I started training in CranioSacral with the Upledger Institute in 2010 and immediately loved it. I couldn’t sign up for more classes fast enough. Through CST, I’ve discovered a lot of uber-geek anatomy nerds who also love weird energy stuff. It’s So. Much. Fun!

Other Stuff

You never know what’ll be in the mix because I’m always learning something. I took a class in GemFormulas work with the Gemstone Therapy Institute. That was super cool because it felt like the healing went into the energy layers. Then for a while, I was doing some mentoring in quantum healing. Also cool, though I didn’t keep it going. I’m endlessly fascinated with dimensions and can often be found quilting and listening to programs on Gaia.com.

Hobbies

I’m a member of both the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild and South Sound (Olympia) Modern Quilt Guild. Excessive numbers of quilt pictures available on request. I had dogs (usually basset hounds) for 33 years but am currently dogless, so show me pictures of your dogs, ok?

And that’s me.  If I’m the kind of person you’d like to work with, give me a call. I’d love to work with you!