Lauren Cato Robertson

Lauren Cato Robertson, MS, LMT, NCTMB

A naturally upbeat and optimistic person, Lauren began as a client as Massage Source after experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia, anxiety, and depression for many months following a series of particularly stressful life and family events. Having watched close friends and family members suffer from chronic pain and illness for years (fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, autism spectrum disorders, cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, addiction, and trauma, among others…), and knowing that this wasn’t her natural state of being, she was inspired to pursue training in massage therapy when she realized how effective a treatment it was for her own condition, and wanted to pass that on to others. In massage school, Lauren was at the top of her class, earning a 4.0 GPA, and passed the NCBTMB national licensing exam (more difficult than that required in the state of Texas) with a 98%. Over the course of many months, Lauren trained daily with John and Alice as well, who recognized her natural talents and what John deemed her “love touch,” guiding and encouraging her to obtain formal training from the Upledger Institute in CranioSacral Therapy. Lauren has since completed Reiki Level I, CranioSacral Therapy I and II, is currently working towards her certification as a CranioSacral Therapist and planning to complete SomatoEmotional Release I in the coming months.

Prior to her training in massage therapy, Lauren earned her A.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in fine arts and social sciences from Cottey College in Nevada, MO, completed coursework in fine arts and earned a B.F.A in Restoration of Decorative Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and went on to complete her M.S. in Historic Preservation with a concentration in Architectural Conservation from Columbia University, also in New York City. She graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell, NM and spent 11 summers at Camp Strawderman in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lauren rode horses for many years, competed in dressage and jumping, and is or has also been a synchronized swimmer, lifeguard, swimming teacher, artist, photographer, knitter, art teacher, pianist, tennis player, and world traveler. She is 90% vegan (but striving to do better), and very interested in nutrition, sustainability, upcycling old clothing and furniture, and better living in general.

A fifth generation Texan, Lauren moved back to Dallas in 2007 to pursue a job with an architectural firm specializing in Historic Preservation, and worked on many fascinating projects including the restorations of the John and Lucy Parks Estate in east Dallas, the Downtown Dallas Post Office and Courthouse, the Mabel Dodge Lujan House in Taos, NM, and the historic Settles Hotel in Big Spring, TX. Prior to her move to Texas, Lauren worked for Landmark West!, a non profit advocacy group for historic buildings on New York’s Upper West Side, and as a monuments conservation intern in New York’s Central Park, which led to her job as a conservator on the restoration of Bethesda Terrace while she was writing her masters thesis “Biological Growth on Stone Sculpture in Historic Gardens: The Case of Villa la Pietra.”

Lauren feels that while they may appear unrelated to massage therapy to the casual observer, her previous education and career experience are actually quite relevant to her current practice. A human body and a building both depend on the same structural principles and are subject to many of the same forces that cause dysfunction and deterioration, although the human body is arguably more complex. For instance, dysfunction in the foundation of a building will cause failure elsewhere in that building, such as cracks, broken pipes, and given enough time, collapse. In a nutshell, dysfunction of any structural component is a directly responsible for the deterioration of others. The earlier you intervene and find the root cause of the dysfunction, however small it may be, the better your chances are of recovering its structural integrity without having to complete a major intervention. On another level, the materials used in a building ultimately determine its longevity. If you use low quality materials, the building’s longevity will be significantly shorter than that of one built using high quality materials. In that vein of thought, Lauren is very interested in what her clients are putting into their bodies, and is happy to advise them on dietary and lifestyle changes they can make to get the best results from their treatment. She believes that there is hope for everyone to become the best version of themselves and strives to help her clients get to that point by being a facilitator for change and healing.

 

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung

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