ADRIAN BUTUC, Board certified massage therapist
"I have been doing massages for over 20 years and I am still amazed of its benefits. I have found that the power of massage is one of the most effective and instinctive healing forces.'' Adrian graduated from National Academy of Physical Education, Romania , 1991. As a student, he learned about the "culture of athletic training'' from his Eastern European professors and coaches, whose athletes had dominated the world's sports for decades. They all agreed that performance not only comes from the physical training itself, but from physiological and psychological recovery as well. Besides hard work, sleeping, and the nutrition for sustaining the effort , the body needs some form of therapy to link them all. The concept brought together three main procedures: massage, which is the stimulation of blood flow by rubbing and stroking the skin, energy balancing, which uses pressure to release any blockages in the channels, and therapeutic manipulation of the inert tissue to correct misalignments of the musculo-skeletal system.
IRENE MERCIONES, licensed massage therapist
Irene is our massage technician. She came from Mexico and she is specialized in cupping therapy, a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin, mobilizing blood flow, and promoting healing. Today, a lot of Olympic athletes are using cupping therapy as a form of recovery .
LUMINITA DOBREA, gymnastics & pilates instructor
Former Romanian Beam Champion, Lumi brings a wealth of experience to the youth of American gymnasts. "Gymnastics was my life. I grew up with it. Not only it has taught me the skills, but how to work hard, be disciplined, and value things in life". Lumi graduated from National College of Athletic Trainers, Romania, 1998. As a gymnastics coach she had personally trained students in both Romania and the USA to exceed their potential levels. Besides her own business, Lumi is involved with the SoCo Gymnastics program in Jenks, OK where she does private lessons for optional levels. As a pilates instructor, Lumi has developed a comprehensive mat work-out system for losing weight, sculpting lean, and reshaping your body.