rOBIN hOGAN, lmt
EDUCATION Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, Tucson
SPECIALTY Integrative Massage
Robin: (520) 977-3825
Rooted: (520) 326-8300
A long-time Tucsonan, Robin became a massage therapist in 2005, after working in health care settings for 15 years. Her previous career and an internship at HealthSouth that was part of her massage training helped her gain confidence in her therapeutic skills—particularly in treating people with disabilities and advanced age. Over the years, she has focused her continuing education on Traditional Thai massage and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Robin loves integrating different techniques into a well-rounded treatment to help each client feel completely relaxed and free of pain.
Robin has two children (girls) and two dogs (boy and girl)—all of them well loved. Back when it was okay for her to have calloused hands, Robin loved to throw pottery. Some of her current favorite things include
When her plants live!
Q&A with Robin
What is your hometown?
Born in NJ, raised in Cincinnati, but I've been in Tucson for 30 years and it's the only place I'd call home!
What is the farthest place you have travelled to.
The Bahamas. I was eight. My folks rented a sailboat for two weeks and we sailed from tiny island to tiny island. I met a girl my age, Burnadette, she and her family lived on their own island. SHE HAD HER VERY OWN LAGOON!!! We spent three or four hours swimming in her lagoon and never saw each other again. It was the most magical day of my childhood. Maybe she was really a mermaid. (Obviously my mind is quite a traveler!)
What's the last book you finished?
You Can't Win (again)—an autobiographical account of a young, rail-riding, turn of the (20th) century kid, fighting his way through the world.
Simultaneously, read The Handmaid's Tale, by the brilliant, yet HEAVY, Margaret Atwood. Let's just say this turns You Can't Win into a pick-me-upper! Speculative, dystopian fiction harbinger. . . Next question, please.
What's your favorite thing about Tucson?
OH, SO SO MANY!!!
What would you choose as your last meal?
Colorado River Water before I drown in Canyonlands National Park!! The summertime heat there is hellish but the beauty is Heaven! Either way I wouldn't have too far to travel! Maybe they'd open up the Pearly Gates for me just for being so darned considerate! Then again they may say "cook this ham a little longer!"
What's your favorite movie?
All time favorite—Hands down--Cold Comfort Farm!!!
Grandma Starketter, spits vehemently. (And has been doing so presumably for the last 65 years), "I saw something nasty in the woodshed!"
Earl.P Neck, big-shot Hollywood producer responds with, "Yeah, but DID IT SEE YOU, HONEY?!"
(SPOILER ALERT: We never find out what she saw in the woodshed).
SEE IT TONIGHT!!!
Favorite recent movie: What We Do in the Shadows.
What's your massage superpower?
Well, if it can't be humility I suppose I would guess versatility. There are so many ways to do bodywork! I am practicing Thai bodywork and regularly incorporate these techniques into my treatments. I find the Thai theory of working layer by layer very practical and relatable. If I feel that cupping is appropriate and the client is up for it, I will also utilize those, as well as heat in the form of packs, stones, and compresses.
I decided to explore Craniosacral therapy a couple of years ago. It was esoteric and intriguing and I was hooked. I do not have my certification yet but I mention this because I feel it has added a depth to my overall work.
What do your clients say about you?
I've had a few say they would come in more often but I "fixed" them. More often this is the reason people make regular standing appointments. The best thing ever was when an elderly client, whom I had been visiting weekly for about 6 years, told me that having regular massage had, she felt, extended the quality of her life. We didn't effect any hard, fast change, and that was never the goal. She felt as if she had lived better longer. ❤️
If you weren't a massage therapist, what would you be doing instead?
What would I do?!!
I will always be a body worker!
I will also be an adventurer starting with RIVER GUIDE!!!
What’s one thing that surprised you after you became a professional massage therapist?
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I'm amazed at how my passion for the work grows and grows every year!