Laura Allen is the Massage Division Director of Soothing Touch, a Certified Organic Manufacturing Facility located in Santa Fe, NM. Allen started attending classes in bodywork in 1993 and became a Licensed Massage Therapist & Bodyworker in 1999, after spending more than 20 years in the restaurant business. She is a graduate of Shaw University and The Whole You School of Massage & Bodywork.
Allen has been an Approved Provider of Continuing Education under the NCBTMB since 2000, offering classes in professional ethics, business and marketing, massage therapy, and training for those who want to be instructors of massage therapy. She has taught classes all over the US, in Canada, and Europe. She is also the author of numerous books.
Allen is on the visiting faculty for the Obus School of Healing Therapies in Leixlip, Co Kildare, Ireland. She is also an advocate for the evidence-informed practice of massage therapy and promotes research literacy, and is a supporter of the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Allen resides in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband Champ and their two rescue dogs, Fido and Queenie. She is a musician and songwriter, has made numerous appearances in person, on public radio, public television, and appeared on several recordings, including a CD recorded with Hogwild, By the Light of the Moon (1999). She enjoy playing music with her friends, reading, writing, traveling, cooking, and studying all things Irish.