The Therapy Option is an AMTA Workplace specializing in myofascial release and St. John neuromuscular therapy, a pain management technique that is based on the physiological principles of ischemia (lack of blood in the tissues), trigger points, nerve compression/entrapment, postural distortion and biomechanics. For many years, Nancy was part of the assisting teaching staff and worked alongside neuromuscular therapy pioneer, Paul St. John.
Many times the painful pressure caused by herniated disks can be relieved through the release of specific muscles that are attached to the vertebrae that cause torsion on the vertebrae. The muscular system has a tremendous influence in the function of the body. Proper postural examination in combination with neuromuscular therapy done early can prevent skeletal and muscular problems in the future.
Nancy M. Porambo, MS, LMT (PA#1), CNMT, NCTMB, Board Approved Therapist
Nancy is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and prides herself in having mastered the art of structural integration. She has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 26 years.
With a Masters degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nancy taught psychology for Lehigh/Carbon Community College (LCCC). She is a board approved massage therapist in the State of Pennsylvania.
She was honored in the past with the Teacher of the Year award from Lehigh/Carbon Community College where she taught advanced psychology courses. She also taught psychology to honor students receiving college credits while still attending high school. In 2009, she authored the book Professional Practice Concepts and incorporates it into her nationally certified business/ethics class.
Nancy developed a class on fibromyalgia that she teaches nationally. It’s based on her extensive graduate research on the subject, coupled with her many years of experience working with chronic pain patients.
Nancy has recently crafted classes on “Research,” “The Medical Model Office Practice,” “The Psychology Behind Pain” and “Navigational Skills for Complicated Cases”. She is a guest speaker at the American Academy of Pain Management Conference in San Antonio with the topic “Integrating Massage Therapy into the Pain Practice.” She was a featured speaker at the 2016 American Massage Therapy Association Convention.
She is a past National President of the American Massage Therapy Association and currently serves as a Trustee on the Massage Therapy Foundation. Nancy also serves at the National Advisor to the American Medical Association’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Workgroup for the massage profession.
Kelly Newton, LMT, CNMT
Kelly, a Jim Thorpe native, joined The Therapy Option in 1993. She is a certified neuromuscular therapist specializing in treating neck and low back problems utilizing neuromuscular therapy. Kelly also uses her own fascial unwinding/release techniques in her treatment.
Kelly was trained in the St. John Method of Neuromuscular Therapy and she is the only therapist that was personally trained by owner, Nancy Porambo. Kelly prides herself in the positive responses she receives from her clients and her contribution to their health and wellness.
Therapy Option Staff at the Inn at Jim Thorpe
Meet the Staff:
BRENDA is an AMTA member and specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, warm stone and pregnancy massage. She enjoys meeting people and providing them with an enjoyable and relaxing experience. In her spare time she enjoys camping, gardening and spending time with family.
ROSE is an AMTA member and has been practicing since 2008. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, warm stone, Lomi-Lomi, MFR and Reiki. She tailors her massage to meet the client’s specific needs and believes massage leads to healing, awareness, regeneration and renewal.
TONI is an ABMP member and has been a massage therapist for 17 years. She specializes in Swedish, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Lymphatic massage, warm stone, Trager, and warm bamboo. Her massage is intended to relax, renew, refresh and bring a balance to mind, body and spirit. She lives an organic lifestyle enhanced through prayer, music and art.
CHARLENE is an AMTA member and has been practicing since 2012. She provides an integrative style of bodywork that enhances the client’s experience. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, sports, bamboo, body wraps and pregnancy massage. She is also a certified Usui Shiko Ryoho Master and in her spare time, enjoys music, the outdoors and spending time with family.
VALERIE began practicing in 1989 and is an ABMP member. She prides herself in the personal attention she gives to each client. She draws from a variety of massage specialties to customize her massage to meet each client’s needs. She also creates a calm, peaceful space for her clients to let go and relax. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, gardening, and spending time in nature.
BARBARA is a NY native who relocated to Carbon County in 1985. She has been practicing for 18 years and is an ABMP member. She is a Certified Reiki Master and provides a unique style of integrative bodywork that blends massage with energy balancing therapies like Reiki and Polarity. Her technique provides her clients with a deeply relaxing, therapeutically effective and personally tailored treatment.
CARLY is an AMTA member and a graduate of McCann School of Business & Technology in Pottsville in October 2016. She is experienced in relaxation techniques such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone massage. Carly is a compassionate, empathetic person who loves to help people. Whether you are stressed out or fatigued from daily activities, she creates an environment of relaxation and rejuvenation.