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“The still, small voice of God never calls on me to be like another man. It appeals to me to rise to my full stature and fulfill the promise that sleeps within my being.” Sam Keen

Meet The Therapists

Nitasha Canine
Nitasha Canine

Nitasha Canine

Owner of Back In Balance, LLC and the creator of Functional Body Alignment (FBA)

Nitasha attended the college of Southern Maryland in 1993 and played tennis there for two years on a scholarship. She and her team were invited to compete in The Tennis Nationals several times. A lifelong athlete, Nitasha enjoys tennis, surfing, cycling and hiking. She understands the frustrations of pain and injury and has been receiving therapeutic massage and structural bodywork on a weekly to bi weekly basis to manage the symptoms of facet joint syndrome as well as other sports injuries. She attended massage school in Maryland with a focus on myofascial release and advanced massage and bodywork in 1998. She completed certifications in corrective exercise at the prestigious National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2005. She holds certificates in nutrition, athletic training, sports massage, Structural Integration via Erik Dalton's Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, craniosacral therapy and various osteopathic techniques, Thai Massage, and applied kinesiology. Nitasha is currently developing continuing education courses approved by The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is passionate about teaching other therapists how to be clear facilitators for healing as well as well-educated in techniques.

Nitasha Canine started her business, Back In Balance, LLC, in 1998 to educate and empower her clients about the benefits of routine preventative self care through therapeutic bodywork, nutrition, and corrective exercise. Nitasha is available for consultation by email, phone or in person.

"I would not be able to do the physically demanding work that I do for the last 17 years if not for the ongoing body maintenance I make a priority. I believe my injuries have given me the ability to relate and solve problems well beyond what a class or certification alone can do. I am grateful because I have grown over these years and excited because there is always more to learn."

Bert Jacobs
Bert Jacobs

Bert Jacobs

CMT, Associate Therapist

I sought structural integration after a series of traumatic injuries led me to find relief from pain and regain greater physical function. I found structural integration to be the modality that brought the greatest relief and freedom for trauma held in my body.

I help people release detrimental postural holding patterns, tension and chronic pain, and introduce new ways of holding one's body in alignment within the field of gravity. I received my initial training at the Pacific Center For Awareness and Bodywork with Lee Joseph on Kauai, HI and have subsequently completed training with Judah Lyons at the the Lyons Institute of Structural Integration in Charlottesville, VA

What is Structural Integration?

Structural Integration (sometimes called Rolfing) is a systematic approach to bodywork that thoroughly releases fascial tension and adhesions within the body. Chronic postural holding patterns, repetitive stress, and physical trauma can cause the connective tissue (fascia) within the body to become twisted, shortened, knotted or adhered. Structural Integration utilizes pressure and movement to lengthen and align fascial planes, release contracted muscles, and restore the natural balance of the body.

Structural Integration (developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf) can help people become free of chronic tension and pain. The Structural Integration process promotes the vitality of all the systems within the human body. Ida P. Rolf was a biochemist who studied connective tissue as a medium of energy. Her work led her to develop a method of lengthening the body in order to find balance and optimal alignment within the field of gravity. The method consists of ten sessions lasting 90 minutes that thoroughly work the structure of the body to bring length and vitality to the fascia that wraps muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments. Shortened tight muscles are lengthened and balance is restored to over worked and underutilized musculature, creating greater freedom and efficiency of movement. Muscles that have moved out of optimal alignment are brought into their ideal position, and muscles that have become adhered through the fascial layers are differentiated from one another in order to work more efficiently and create a more balanced, lengthened and aligned body.