Beverly Johnson, LMBT

Beverly has over 30 years of experience in training and instructing in various capacities – first in retail management, then in the corporate business sector. Her interest in health, wellness, and the human body called her into the massage therapy field. She completed her massage training at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC in 2000, where she later taught for 17 years serving as a lead instructor in all hands-on modalities as well as Professional Ethics and Massage Laws. She is also a former faculty member of the Center for Embodied Teacher Education. Beverly is a graduate of the Spirit of Learning, a teacher training program for Massage, Somatic and Healthcare Educators. She has taken leadership trainings with the … Read more

Sarah DeBerardinis, LMBT

After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1998, Sarah attended the renowned Body Therapy Institute in Siler City for massage training. In 1999 she finished their Massage Therapy Diploma Program and began her career as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. In 2010 Sarah completed the Spirit of Learning teacher training program and was hired as an instructor at BTI. Sarah taught many aspects of the entry-level diploma program including Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology as well as all hands-on modalities. She has spent the better part of the last two decades dedicating her time and energy to becoming a skilled practitioner and educator. Over the years Sarah has had the opportunity to study with many of the … Read more

Cathy “Brooksie” Edwards, MA, LPC, LMBT

Cathy Brooksie Edwards has been a NC Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and musical artist for over 20 years. Since 2015, she has committed her studies to working with clients who have been diagnosed with chronic or terminal illness. She is a graduate of Doorway Into Light – International Death Doula Training, is co-director of a Green Conservation Burial Site and coordinates a heart2heart hands-on-healing and music program. Her integrative intuitive style and up close experience with death brings a richness to her workshops that you will not want to miss. For more information, email Brooksie at or call 919-548-4963.

Julia Corley, LPC-A, NCC, LMBT

Julia Corley, LPC-A, NCC, NC LMBT #2123 is a Certified Therapist and Teacher for Hakomi Institute. She has done healing work for over 20 years, first as a massage therapist with a passion for the mind/body connection and now as a somatic psychotherapist in private practice in Hillsborough, NC. In addition to teaching Hakomi in the Southeastern U.S. and Mallorca, Spain. Julia is also a facilitator for Right Use of Power, an ethics training created by Hakomi Trainer Cedar Barstow. She is a former lead instructor of Somatic Psychology and Therapeutic Communication at Body Therapy Institute. Julia is passionate about helping people come home to their deeper knowing, by gently and mindfully exploring who and how they are in their body and … Read more

Ruth Newnam, MA, LMBT

Ruth Newnam is a massage therapist specializing in Manual Lymph Drainage. Sometimes called lymphatic massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, is a light-pressure technique offering profound results reducing acute and chronic swelling, managing lymphedema, aiding a sluggish lymphatic system, and calming the nervous system. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ruth received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a M.A. in Sport Administration from UNC-CH before attending the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope, NC. Ruth has practiced as a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist in North Carolina since September 2002. She trained at the Dr. Vodder School in 2004 and is a lymphedema and lymphatic massage therapist. She’s also a mother, a cancer survivor, and a … Read more