Initially wanting to be a musician, Maureen A. Moon first studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. During this period, she was also working as a waitress and bartender at a hotel, and one day a woman who had seen her carrying things all day offered her a free massage, ultimately inspiring Ms. Moon to change directions and join the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee’s massage school. Graduating with honors in 1981, after 1,300 hours of study, she joined the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas in Sheraton Springs, Colorado, where she rose to head massage therapist by 1984. Moving her massage practice to the Denver and Boulder area, she served in a managerial role with the Colorado Athletic Club-Flatirons from 1986 to 2007.
In 2005, Ms. Moon began coursework at the Spinal Reflex Institute, Intl., LLC and went on to achieve master-level certification in spinal reflex therapy in 2011. Since then, she has flourished with Massage & Spinal Reflex Therapy, where she offers a wide range of massage and other therapies, including craniosacral therapy, sports massage, pregnancy and infant massage, and Swedish, deep tissue and hot-stone massage. In addition to these duties, she has proffered her expertise as a core distributor and instructor for the Spinal Reflex Institute and as an assistant teacher in the states of Colorado, Tennessee, Iowa and Ohio, as well as an instructor for Touch for Health Kinesiology in the United States and the Netherlands between 1982 and 2010.
Ms. Moon has also held a number of roles with the American Massage Therapy Association since 1985, including past president, member of the national board and director of education for the Colorado chapter. Other memberships of hers include the Touch for Health Kinesiology Association and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, which requires that she complete over 30 hours of continuing education coursework every two years. Furthermore, Ms. Moon has volunteered with Massage Therapy Foundation, contributing hours of community service to various worthy fundraisers.
Attributing much of her success to her emphasis on continued education, Ms. Moon has received several honors from the American Massage Therapy Association, including two Meritorious Service Awards in 1991 and 2008 and the National President’s Award in 2010. Her involvement with the association’s Colorado chapter has also seen her presented with the Sports Massage Achiever Award from the chapter’s sports massage team in 2006 and a Distinguished Service Award for her work as the director of education in 1990. When she isn’t working, Ms. Moon continues to cultivate her passion for music as a jazz and blues singer, percussionist and classical guitarist.