Nancy Crooks, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, has been helping people get out of pain and get their lives back since 1984. Her search for the most effective means of helping people with chronic back and hip pain, headaches, chronic pelvic pain, fibromyalgia and many other stubborn, hard to treat problems has lead her to Mechanical Link (ML), an osteopathic approach developed in France. Nancy is one of fewer than twenty therapists and doctors in the US who use ML exclusively. This drug-free, manual therapy is a very gentle but powerful approach that addresses many problems simultaneously through the connective tissue system.

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Continuing Education:

2016

Received 3 days instruction in Erdman Therapy, which uses warming and cooling applications to improve circulation and therefore overall health. (Lydia Kessler, RN, retired manager of Erdman clinic in Havertown PA)

2015

Mechanical Link Seminar (3rd International, LMO; Paul Chauffour, Eric Prat, Jacques Michaud, Dominique Moreau, et. al.) Lisbon, Portugal. 24 hours
Biotensegrity Interest Group (BIG VII) in Washington, DC with Steve Levin, father of Biotensegrity, Biotensegrity Summit, and Fascia Research Congress 2015, Washington DC

2014

3 Week Whole Body Dissection for The Atlas of Integral Anatomy (Gil Hedley, Somanautics Workshops) San Francisco, CA. 115 hours

2013

Mechanical Link Review class, (Eric Prat, Dominique Moreau) Canadian College of Osteopathy, Montreal, Canada. 30 hours

2012

Intensive Human Dissection Workshop (Gil Hedley, Somanautics Workshops) Newark, NJ. 42 hours

Mechanical Link Seminar (2nd International, LMO; Paul Chauffour, Eric Prat, Jacques Michaud, et. al.) Sicily, Italy. 24 hours

2011

Histological and Anatomical Characteristics of the Human Fascial System; Cadaver Dissection and Ultrasound Imaging in Living Tissue - The Lower Limb; Antonio Stecco, New York, NY 7 hours

Intensive Human Dissection Workshop (Gil Hedley, Somanautics Workshops) Boston, MA. 42 hours

Intensive Human Dissection Workshop (Gil Hedley, Somanautics Workshops) Newark, NJ. 42 hours

2010

Mechanical Link 7, (Eric Prat), Washington, DC. 32 hours
Intensive Human Dissection Workshop (Gil Hedley, Somanautics Workshops) Newark, NJ. 42 hours

2009

Intensive Human Dissection Workshop (Gil Hedley, Somanautics Workshops) Newark, NJ. 42 hours
Clinical observation in France of Pierre Achery, Grenoble; Paul Chauffour, Miribel; Sylvia Poularas, Lyon.

2008

Mechanical Link Seminar (LMO; Paul Chauffour, Eric Prat, Jacques Michaud, et.al.), Marrakesh, Morocco. 24 hours
Mechanical Link 6 (Paul Chauffour), Washington, DC. 32 hours

2007

Mechanical Link 4 (Paul Chauffour), Washington, DC. 32 hours
  Mechanical Link 5 (Eric Prat), Washington, DC. 32 hours

2006

Lymph Drainage Therapy 1, Upledger Institute, Charlotte, NC. 24 hours
Co-treating at Mountain Valley Therapy, La Grande, Oregon w/David Ebel, P.T.
Mechanical Link 2 and 3 (Upledger Institute), Dahlonega, GA. 48 hours total

2005

Shadowing and co-treating with David Ebel, P.T. at Mountain Valley Therapy, La Grande, OR
Somato-Emotional Release I, (Upledger Institute) Detroit, MI, 24 hours
Mechanical Link 1, (Upledger Institute), San Francisco, CA. 24 hours

2004

Total Motion Release for the Spine, T. Dalonzo-Baker, P.T. Raleigh, NC. 20 hours
Teaching Skills for the Workshop Leader, NC-AMTA. Asheville, NC. 19 hours
Posture, Acture and Gaiting, Neuromuscular Therapy (American Version) 12 hours.

2003

Strain/counterstrain I, (review) Jones Institute. 20 hours

2002

Strain/counterstrain III; Advanced w/Cranials, Jones Institute. 20 hours

2001

Fascial Conduction, 12 hrs., First Degree Usui Reiki System.

2000

Evaluation and Treatment of the Thoracic Cage, Ursa Foundation, Edmonds, WA. 18 hours

1998

Muscle Energy Technique and 'Beyond' for Pelvis, Sacrum, Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine, Northeast Seminars. 19.5 hours
Integrative Manual Therapy for Autonomic Nervous System and Related Disorders ( Advanced Strain and Counterstrain ), Northeast Seminars. 19.5 hours
Postural Reflex Integration; National Institute of Craniosacral Studies. 32 hours

1996

Strain/counterstrain for the Extremities, Jones Institute, Chapel Hill NC. 20 hours
Craniostructural Foundations II & III, National Institute of Craniosacral Studies, 32 hours
Craniostructural Integration I & II, National Institute of Craniosacral Studies. 32 hours

1995

Strain/counterstrain for the Spine, Jones Institute, Chapel Hill, NC. 20 hours

1994

Cranial Sacral Therapy II, Upledger Institute, Charlotte NC. 24 hours

1993

Cranial Sacral Therapy I (repeat), Upledger Institute, Charlotte NC. 24 hours

1992

Muscle Energy Technique, by Leon Chaitow, D.O., Miami, Florida. 16 hours
Neuromuscular Therapy, St. John Method III. Shoulder, Extremities, Greensboro, NC. 16 hours

1990

Cranial Sacral Therapy I (Upledger Institute), Raleigh, NC. 24 hours

1989

Body Mobilization Technique, by Bob King, Durham, NC. 12 hours
Trager Psychophysical Integration I, Charlotte, NC. 48 hours

1987

Touch For Health, Durham NC. 40 hours

Other:

2015

Presentation ‘Fascial Sleuth: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain’ at North Carolina Integrative Medical Society Southeast Regional Conference, High Point, NC
Taught four day course in Advanced Palpation Skills to Ukrainian Osteopathic Association in Kiev, Ukraine

Training:

1984 - 1986

Bodyworks Clinic - Massage Program, Chapel Hill, NC. 72 hrs
Community Wholistic Health Center, Chapel Hill, NC. 150 hrs
Structural Integration, Chapel Hill, NC. 100 hrs
Anatomy & Physiology, UNC - Chapel Hill (course & lab)
Sports Medicine, Elon College, Elon, NC.

Interests:

Old-time fiddling, gardening, art, outdoor pursuits, travel, and reading.