Adrienne Engel's Experience and Credentials
Licensed Massage Therapist since 1995 with advanced certifications in Medical Massage, Sports Massage
Nationally Approved Massage Therapy Instructor
- Nationally Certified CBD Consultant
NCBTMB Approved CEU Provider #1000759
CE Broker FL Provider #50-33242
Lic# MA 0021859
Est Lic# MM37724
My Path to You Today
Brevard Acupuncture – Apprentice Massage Therapist
Merritt Island, FL, 1993 – 1995
I began working for acupuncturist Dr. Bo-Shi-Ni while still in high school. It was Dr. Bo who opened my eyes to the human system's remarkable ability to heal and re-establish its balance. Dr. Bo blindfolded me to learn to feel the body's tissues and to become familiar with what diseased and dysfunctional tissues feel like as opposed to healthy ones. I also learned to feel the body's energy and circulatory systems.
This sensitivity attuned me to what predisposes a healthy system. I learned that our systems stay healthy when balanced circulation and energy flow are unimpeded. When blocked, disease and dysfunction set in. I discovered that specific muscular tension patterns accompanied each condition or dysfunction. At this stage of my learning, I asked myself, "What are all the ways that we can address muscular tension?
Florida School of Massage Therapy
Gainesville, FL, 1995
One week after graduating high school, I enrolled at The Florida School of Massage. I completed my Florida licensing course and earned my first certification.
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center – Personal Trainer
Gainesville, FL, 1995 – 1996
While in massage school, I worked part-time as a personal trainer, teaching circuit training programs to gym members. I observed that mainstream exercise and fitness techniques developed large muscle groups but did not address the stabilizing muscle groups. I recognized that over time, many members left feeling more tired and less flexible. I developed techniques to access and engage the stabilizing muscles to better support stability and recovery.
I developed a stretching wall to help clients access their full-body systems both pre- and post-workout. The Stretching Wall increased the effectiveness of their workouts and decreased injury.
Florida School of Massage Therapy – Certified Advanced Sports Massage Therapist
Gainesville, FL, 1996
Under Mike Loomis, a nationally sports-certified trainer, I learned how to assess injured and overstrained muscles and to design and deliver treatment protocols to support their rehabilitation.
Opened Personal Practice
Gainesville, FL, 1995 – Present
At only 18, I opened my first office in the fall of 1995. Thank God for energy and enthusiasm! While learning the nuances of marketing, finance, and customer service, I developed new techniques and approaches to Medical Massage. My private practice has been continuously operating since then; however, I was practicing part-time for the first three years while gaining more experience in the medical field.
Faas Chiropractic Center – Medical Massage Therapist, Exercise Physiology Assistant
Gainesville, FL, 1995 – 1997
I worked at Faas Chiropractic part-time for two years, working closely with the resident exercise physiologist, David Salhanick, who instructed me in advanced exercise physiology, evaluating patient biomechanics, and developing treatment plans to address their specific conditions. In addition, I learned ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and x-ray assistance.
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine – Informal Student
Gainesville, FL,1997 – 1998
At the Large Animal and Dog Rehabilitation Program, I worked with Dr. Victor Shale and shadowed a large animal cadaver class. In this class, I observed students dissecting cows and horses. When comparing the anatomy of their structures and ours, and the therapies for the human body and large animals, I recognized how we are remarkably similar.
Chi Institute – Teaching Assistant
Gainesville, FL, 1998
I worked with Dr. Bruce Ferguson and shadowed him during many of his alternative medicine lectures and clinics. I learned about holistic treatments for large animals and pets and alternative nutrition options.
Rehab and Movement Therapy for Horses – Therapy Assistant
Gainesville, FL, 1998
I shadowed Betty Lindquist, LMT and Rehabilitation Therapist for racehorses in Ocala, FL. From here, I learned therapy and biomechanical assessment of both horses and their jockeys. I worked with horses and jockeys to release athletic injuries and to balance their bodies. Based on her work, I developed TheraPetic Massage©, post-surgical and rehabilitative massage techniques for large dogs, allowing owners to alleviate the stress of the procedure and bond with their dogs as they heal.
Golf and Tennis-Specific Massage Therapist and Trainer
Gainesville, FL, 1996 – Present
I work with local country clubs (Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club, University of Florida, Gainesville Golf & Country Club, Meadowbrook Golf Club, and Ironwood) to provide therapy to players before, during, and after tournaments. My elite patients report pain relief, increased flexibility, and improved core strength.
University of Florida College of Medicine – Supplemental Educator, Research Student
Gainesville, FL, 1995 – 2001
I taught Introduction to Alternative Medicine seminars for medical students. In turn, they taught me how to conduct research on the role tension plays in various diseases, building my comfort with going to the medical library and pulling journal articles.
I was particularly interested in the effects of muscle restriction on circulation to internal tissues, muscles, organs, bones, and hormonal production sites. I attended Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Cadaver classes at the medical school, sometimes just attending classes, and other times bartering massage therapy sessions with professors in return for guidance in my research. I also studied the effects of circulation on physical performance and healing.
Shands Hospital – Planning Committee, Volunteer Massage Therapist
Gainesville, FL, 1996 – 2000
I served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arts in Medicine Department at Shands Hospital where I developed a protocol to introduce Medical Massage Therapy to patients at Shands Hospital to speed recovery, decrease pain, and improve the image of massage therapy in the medical field.
Sickle Cell Anemia Unit
I provided visualization exercises and massage therapy to sickle cell anemia patients to facilitate healing and decrease pain. I derived techniques from the books and tapes of Martin Rossman, MD, and modified his approach to addressing specific patient needs. Here I learned how breathing, awareness, and intention assist the body in healing and decreasing pain.
Developed Inner-Active Therapy© Process
After two years with Dr. Bo and four years of medical-specific training, research, and client experience, I developed The Inner Active Therapy© modality. It combines guided awareness and techniques to reconnect and resensitize areas of tension with gentle movements, engaging the deeper stabilizing muscles and enhancing range of motion in the large muscle groups. Inner-Active Therapy© focuses on reestablishing optimal circulatory flow through four significant Power Zones that harbor tension and restrict movement, overcoming the precursors to disease and dysfunction.
American Cancer Society / Ronald McDonald House – Volunteer Massage Therapist and Self-Care Speaker
Gainesville, FL, 1998
I provided Inner-Active Therapy© to increase circulation and decrease stress for cancer treatment patients at Ronald McDonald House. I provided self-health seminars for Ronald McDonald House staff.
Ag-el (Pronounced Agile) Foundations Self Care Video Series
Gainesville, FL, 2000
I wrote and produced a video demonstrating the foundational self-care movements and breathing exercises that release and reintegrate tension commonly held within the four Power Zones of the body. This video offers the basics for clients to practice at home to support optimal circulation.
- Practicing the Ag-el Foundational Movements© awakens the emotional and sensory systems of the body. This awakening spurred the next 20 years of personal growth and further clinical research and development to establish supportive processes of emotional and spiritual integration which will become InBodyMeant© and Divine InBodyMeant Modalities©.
University of Florida Men's Golf Team – Volunteer Assistant Coach
Gainesville, FL, 2000 – 2001 season
As a volunteer Assistant Coach to Head Coach Buddy Alexander, I developed a training regimen for players to strengthen golf-specific movements. I offered massage and training to support players' rehabilitation for overuse injuries, including the rotator cuff, low back, golfer's elbow, and neck injuries. I accompanied the team to tournaments and practices and worked one-to-one with players.
Fibromyalgia, Ten-Week Study – Massage Therapist and Researcher
Gainesville, FL, 2000
I designed a study of twelve Fibromyalgia patients to focus on daily, in-home, self-care techniques. Eleven of the twelve participants completed the study. All of them reported learning new tools to enhance the quality of their lives. They experienced decreased chronic fatigue, fewer migrating pains, subtle shifts in depression, and in some of the cases, no pain for extended days at a time. They also became very aware of mental and emotional stressors that had been contributing factors to their Fibromyalgia.
2000 – 2004
The Fibromyalgia study piqued my interest in the link between emotions and muscles. I studied this connection over the next four years using the research by Dr. Marty Rossman, Dr. Candace B. Pert, Tara Bennett Goleman, and Karla McClarin as my baseline. I combined aspects of Inner Active Therapy© and offered sessions with a more integrative focus.
Pregnancy Support Programs – Massage Therapist
Orlando, FL, 2006 – 2009
I developed a Premium Pregnancy Care Program that addressed the three stages of becoming a mother: Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, and Recovery.
Pregnancy: During the pregnancy, I used specialized techniques that release the connective tissue around the pelvic girdle and rib cage while increasing the mother's strength and assisting in the baby's healthy growth.
Labor and Delivery: As a support member of the birth team, I developed movements and release techniques to assist the body in a gentle birth experience with decreased pain and tearing. I provided labor and delivery support at the following hospitals:
- Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL
- Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
- Health Central, Orlando, FL
- Arnold Palmer Women's and Children's Hospital, Orlando, FL
Post-Pregnancy rehabilitation: After a woman's body has gone through the changes of pregnancy, these techniques return the mother's body to the "pre-baby" state and rehabilitate any scar tissue from C-sections or other pelvic imbalances.
Orlando Insight Meditation Group – Student of Awareness, Stillness, Communication, and Processing Stress
Orlando FL, 2005 – 2007
I spent two years studying with a Buddhist sangha group led by mental health counselor Peter Carlson in Winter Park, FL. Peter hosted mindfulness-based Vipassana meditation and therapy classes. I attended silent retreats and learned Buddhist physiology basics and how the quality of your self-relationship impacts your ability to process stress in the mind and body. From my time with Dr. Peter, I learned and applied the power of establishing pace and presence into my personal life and massage practice skills.
Developing a Greater Capacity to Connect Through Awareness and Communication Skills – Student
Orlando and Gainesville, FL, 2005
I studied and applied the work of Dr. Martin Rossman, founder of non-violent communication and learned about the power of language choices in needs-based communication. By using frame of reference, I've been able to position clients in relationship with their bodies, connecting to the root of their anxiety to truly release tension. These perspectives were the basis for teaching my clients how to have a validating relationship with themselves and their bodies.
I began researching the parallels to Christian-based Contemplative Prayer developed by Father Richard Rohr and Father Thomas Keating at the Center for Action and Contemplation. These studies have taught me that the human condition of stress is universal. Beyond religion, we need awareness, stillness, and space to create health and balance as a human system. These key points have become a foundational element for InBodyMeant©. Our ability to feel or sense decreases as our stress increases. Decreased capacity to feel stunts our ability to heal, prosper, and thrive.
Breast Cancer Care– Massage Therapist
Orlando, FL, 2006 – Present
I developed rehabilitation techniques for scar tissue related to breast cancer and the reconstruction process. These techniques significantly decrease pain, assist the body's immune system, and return the patient to an increased range of motion and quality of life. Many body image challenges are healed in this process as well.
Updated and Renamed The Inner-Active Therapy© modality to InBodyMeant© Therapy, 2006
I combine awareness, relationship, and sensory work with the biomechanics of movement and massage to align your system's mental and physical aspects for healing and integration.
InBodyMeant© Therapy Trainings
Windermere, FL, 2007
Gainesville, FL 2015 – 2016
InBodyMeant© Therapy students developed their feel to evaluate head and cervical dysfunction, assess medical history, locate current restriction and biomechanical imbalances, treat the imbalances, and provide individualized take-home exercises and self-care prescriptions for their clients.
Power Zone 1: Head and Neck
I developed and taught a 64-hour head and cervical spine massage and rehabilitation course. This series helps therapists support patients experiencing headaches, migraines, TMJ, head injury, stroke, coma, insomnia, vertigo, eye imbalances, MS, Parkinson's, Bell's Palsy, and paralysis due to upper spinal cord injury.
Power Zone 2 - Clavicle and Shoulders
I developed and taught a 64-hour clavicle, shoulder, and upper rib treatment and rehabilitation course. This series helps therapists support patients experiencing lymphatic drainage issues; post-surgical care for the throat upper chest, including breast, thyroid, throat cancer; and reconstruction therapy. It also dynamically supports anxiety and depression and restores ROM for post-car accident cases and whiplash.
Power Zone 3: Diaphragm and Core Body Surgeries
Windermere, FL, 2007
Gainesville, FL, 2015 – 2016
I developed and taught a 64-hour Diaphragm and Core Body post-surgical treatment and rehabilitation course. This series helps therapists support patients experiencing limitations after abdominal surgeries such as colon, stomach, liver cancers and treatments; colon removal; C-section; cosmetic surgery and reconstruction; and complications from weight-loss surgeries.
Power Zone 4: Pelvis and Lower Back
I developed and taught a 64-hour course for Pelvis and Lower Back treatment and rehabilitation. This series helps therapists support patients experiencing constraints after lower back injuries and surgeries. It also supports clients in chronic pain conditions, Parkinson's, MS, Paralysis, and leg amputation.
Medical Percussion Tools and Training Protocols
Thumper Massager - Developed Training, 2011
Rapid Release Tool, 2014
I developed protocols and training manuals for using percussion tools in the InBodyMeant© approach. I taught both the practitioner and home user to work specifically with each of the four Power Zones to place them in an optimal position for rest and recovery. When used with the radically gentle process of the InBodyMeant© approach, percussion tools provide a first offering of release to overwhelmed and sometimes traumatized tissues. These tools can speed up the body's ability to receive fresh oxygen and vital nutrients and position the body to rest and recover.
2010 – Present
I developed a training manual for using rebounders as part of the InBodyMeant© therapy approach to aid in learning how to increase your sensory awareness of held tension and restrictions in your four Power Zones, releasing them through rebounding movements, optimizing lymphatic and circulatory flow. This creates a new muscle memory of letting go.
InBodyMeant© Stress Integration Workbook and Audios
Orlando, FL, 2012 – Present
I developed mindfulness-based audios and videos to support clients in establishing knowledge of their stress states and how to relate to them so that their system can restore itself to a peaceful state.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma Institute with Dr. Peter Levine
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner 2017 – 2020
SE is a body-oriented therapeutic model applied in multiple medical professions. In SE, we focus on unaddressed trauma that impacts physical health, mental health, learning, education, and numerous aspects of life. This three-year certification empowers a therapist to create a supportive space for healing trauma. Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.
Partnership with Our Living Triune Christ
2016 – Present
2016 – Present (not sure how much of this really needs to be here)
Called Home Into Intimate Partnership With Our Living Triune Christ
I had a Christ awakening during a near-death experience that led to a complete co-resurrection of my life. The step-by-step co-resurrection occurred over five years and guided me through building a foundation of active partnership with Christ who invited me to hold daily active participation classes online. Think of these as relational development . The daily classes guide you to position yourself in a more mature relationship with Christ, partnering and participating with living love to notice where we are suffering or limited.
Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Medical Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Manager
Gainesville, FL, 2021 – 2022
This company and team of professionals added so much to my life and heart. I was a fellow therapist, working alongside the fantastic team of massage therapists, estheticians, front desk, and management teams. My goal was to participate in the dynamics of a current fast-paced spa and massage industry to develop protocols offering more complex medical and trauma-based sessions to the general public. How do we assemble whole-being health knowledge into trainable bite-sized pieces provided on a national and possible international scale? That is the current quest in my heart and soul.
Nationally Certified CBD Consultant
2021 – Present
Through my affiliation and training with Hand and Stone, I initially learned about CBD. At first, I thought it was a gimmick. I was very pleasantly wrong! In my 30 years of working in the medical industry, I've never seen anything profoundly release tension and inflammation, ease the experience of pain, and support the body in recovery like CBD does, quickly, on the spot, every time. I have also discovered a unique and simple way to apply it to immediately enhance its effectiveness. I became an advocate and got certified to become an educator as soon as possible.
I am currently working with local growers, suppliers, pharmacists, and other educators to develop protocols to share correct information about CBD with the general public and other therapists.
Milam Funeral Home and Cremation
Pre-Need Counselor and Reverend for Funeral Services
Gainesville, FL, 2021 – 2023
At Milam, I learned the full spectrum of the funeral industry and how critical grief and trauma support integration serve the process of loss. By supporting families during the two worst weeks of their lives, I could offer integrative therapies, allowing them to be more present in their journey of good-bye-for-now. I learned to be a light of peace in a space of immense trauma and grief. This is when I became a licensed pre-arrangement insurance agent. I love supporting others in this corner of their lives where they have difficult discussions and make decisions and investments to protect and care for their loved ones after they are gone.
Current Learning and Development
I am in the process of completing various books and training to support therapists and self-care enthusiasts in their quest for optimal health and connection to their divine purpose.
- Pre-Need Manager at Forest Meadows Funeral Home
- Reverend for Funeral Services
- Licensed Pre-need Counselor
- Notary Public
- Grief and Trauma Integration Therapist
- Obituary Writer
- Veteran Support