Christi Messer

Yoga and Pilates Instructor
RYT 200

Christi began her yoga practice in 1998 in Newport Beach California, which has been a catalyst for her passion to heal her and others’ bodies comprehensively. 

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Christi has studied with various published yogis and found that most were contradicting each other when they spoke about anatomy. These contradictions led her to search and find a 40 hour teaching training course with teachers based in anatomical alignment in 2006. Christi was then inspired in 2006 to work on a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Physical Therapy at Texas State University, San Marcos. During her undergrad work she attended and graduated a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT, program at Esther Vexler Yoga School, San Antonio Texas. 

Upon graduation in 2010 with her BESS she acquired a CPT in Personal Training through the ACSM. Throughout school, Christi taught Yoga and Pilates for Gold’s Gym,Bally Total Fitness, and The Synergy Studio. Christi’s hard work and dedication got her accepted into Physical Therapy school at the University of Texas at San Marcos where she united yoga and physical therapy. During this time in Graduate school she did extensive research in Yoga Rehabilitation and Lower Back Pain as well as Meditation and Yoga in the Special Olympics. She received a Master’s degree in Recreation Therapy, where she acquired her CTRS in 2014, using meditation, yoga, play, dance and art in acute psychiatric settings to heal emotional, mental and physical pain. 

Immediately after graduating with her MS in Recreation Therapy, Christi went to a year of massage school in 2015 where she received her license in massage therapy, LMT. 

Christi is presently doing and loving several things with her knowledge of the body and mind: working in home health, bringing aqua therapy, recreation therapy and massage therapy to special need clients and working as a Recreation Therapist at a local acute psychiatric hospital.

In addition to teaching various styles of Yoga and Pilates that stretch, strengthen and align the body at The Synergy Studio, she offers a private office within Synergy that specializes in personalized Yoga, Pilates, Massage Therapy and personal training. She offers assessments and private sessions to find the underlying structural, postural, occupational and muscular reasons for pain and weakness. Depending on the individual’s need she will use deep tissue, trigger point therapy or relaxation massage to unwind the bodies tensions and in conjunction will prescribe tailored exercises that use strengthening, flexibility and core mindfulness to maintain massage results for a longer lasting and permanent effect. 

Christi’s goal at The Synergy Studio is to conquer long-standing pain for increased mobility and quality of life. This custom training is for athletes, sedentary individuals and partners wishing to advance their practice and health.


Contact

You can contact Christi directly through her email: cmess1977@gmail.com.