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 tension 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 Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association for Sports Medicine and prides herself in having mastered the art of structural integration. She has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 29 years.
With a Masters degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nancy provided professional counseling and lectured extensively for many years. She also taught advanced psychology classes for Lehigh/Carbon Community College (LCCC). She is a board approved therapist and is the first licensed 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 and 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 dynamic 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 “The Medical Model Office Practice,” “The Psychology Behind Pain” and “Navigational Skills for Complicated Cases“. She was 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 and 2017 American Massage Therapy Association Conventions.
She is a past National President of the American Massage Therapy Association and currently serves as National Advisor to the American Medical Association’s, CPT Council. She also served on the AMA’s CPT, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Workgroup as representative for the massage profession. She currently serves on the PA Licensure Board for Massage Therapy.
In her spare time, Nancy teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Kelly Newton, LMT, CNMT
Kelly is 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.
Meet The Therapy Option at the Inn Staff:
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.
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.
VALERIE began practicing massage in 1989 and prides herself in the personal attention she gives to every client. She customizes her treatment and works to create calmness where healing can begin.