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Meet Jill Kristin Berkana of Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy

VoyageDenver | December 2, 2019

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Kristin Berkana.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jill. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my massage therapy practice in 1990 while attending the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. From there I had a phenomenal private practice until 2005 providing over 20,000 massages. While in practice I had the unusual opportunity to work at a resort deep in the rainforest of Belize where I developed a holistic spa program for guests based on the use of medicinal herbs and plants from the jungle. When I returned to Colorado to put my son through school, I continued to practice with a wide variety of clients ranging from serious athletes, A-list Celebrities to hospice patients and so many others across a broad spectrum of lifestyles and needs.

In 1995 I sustained a traumatic brain injury when I was rear-ended on the highway by a semi tanker in Alabama. While in two years of intensive recovery I explored corporate roles such as travel coordinator, office manager, executive assistant and ultimately became a project manager for a pharmaceutical research company. I also owned and operated a martial arts school with my then partner. Through these random endeavors, I gained a great deal of experience and skill managing large projects which supported my greatest entrepreneurial effort, to found and run Massage Therapy Schools which I have been doing for the past 15 years.

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Berkana Institute Announces New Part-Time Massage Therapy Certification Program

Longmont, Colorado | December 1, 2019

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy revealed today its massage therapy licensure program will now expand to include a part-time massage therapy certification program.  …Read more >

Jill Berkana will be a judge at the International Massage Therapy Championship in Copenhagen!

Boulder, Colorado | January 7, 2019

“Berkana next summer will travel to Denmark to serve as a judge in the 2019 World Championships. She has long thought an “Olympics of massage” would be a great boost to the industry …Read more >

Interviewed: Jill Berkana, Founder and Director of the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy

Longmont Observer |
June 26, 2018

Longmont Observer sits down to interview Jill Berkana, founder and director of the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy …Read more >

NCBTMB Releases 2017 Certification Board Election Results

MASSAGE Magazine |  March 3, 2017

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today all professionals up for election to its Certification Board were positively voted through. All four professionals will take on the new role as of March 3, 2017. …Read more >

NCBTMB Welcomes Jill Berkana to its Board of Directors

Burr Ridge, Ill. | September 21, 2015

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today the exciting addition of Jill Berkana to its Board of Directors. Elected by fellow National and Board Certificants, Berkana will serve a four-year term effective January 1, 2016 …Read more >

The Berkana Institute Relocates to LODO in the Mile-High City

MASSAGE Magazine | February 27, 2015

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy is proud to announce the grand opening of its new campus. Previously located in the historic Wyman District, the Institute has moved to the heart of the Mile High City in Lower Downtown (LODO) Denver, Colorado. The campus will …Read more >

The Berkana Method of ‘Mindful Expressionism’ Takes Flight in the Mile High City

MASSAGE Magazine | May 29, 2012

Groundbreaking “old school” twist on an innovative and advanced approach to normalization of soft-tissue bodywork.

Jill Kristin Berkana’s progressive Mindful Expressionism Certification Training has been approved by the NCBTMB …Read more >

Jill Berkana Leaves CRSMT and Opens the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy

MASSAGE Magazine | March 13, 2012

New, cutting-edge massage therapy institute opens in Denver, Colorado, on March 26

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy has announced its grand opening on March 26, 2012. Located in the heart of Denver, Colorado, in the historically celebrated …Read more >