Getting to Know Whitney Lowe
One of the most frequent comments about Whitney Lowe by his students – online and workshop – is how accessible he is. How patient he is with their questions, and how he expresses a real concern with their understanding. They like that he makes learning fun and brings a lightness to what can be dry and complex concepts.
Whitney has always tried to make his courses fun and easy to understand, and students often note this in their evaluations. His courses are thorough, but taught in a way anyone can understand whether they have been in the profession a day or 30 years. Students and colleagues will say that Whitney is friendly, witty, and yeah, sometimes a bit goofy.
At the offices here, we tease Whitney for being a bit nerdy. He spends a lot of time exploring what’s new in theory, research, and practice. Over his 3 decades of clinical work, writing, and teaching, he has never stopped exploring new ideas and solutions for treating patient’s pain. But also, he has pushed the profession generally on improving teaching methods. He has spent much of his career learning to be a good teacher, and that skill shows up in all of his courses.
“My overarching goal as a massage therapist has always been to help relieve people’s physical pain. I dove into advanced massage treatment and research early on, pushing boundaries in traditional care and therapy. At one point found that I really loved to teach. An early mentor, Benny Vaughn, inspired me to integrate assessment protocols and to pursue expanding the use of this critical treatment element in the profession.
My goals today continue to be to help other professionals expand their practices and options for treating their clients’ pain. But even more than that, I want to help massage therapists tap into the excitement and passion that brought them into this profession.
The dry facts about Whitney: Lowe’s been in the profession for over 30 years. He is the author of the profession’s first accessible assessment text, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy. He is a contributing author to several other texts, as well as countless published articles. He developed the ground-breaking Orthopedic Massage online certificate program, applying true online educational methods and technology for the first time in the profession. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and is a regularly featured author in publications such as Massage & Bodywork, Massage Today, and Massage Magazine.
- Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award, 2015
- Alliance for Massage Therapy Education- CE Educator of the Year 2014
- One Concept Group- National Educator of the Year, 2013
- Certificate of Appreciation for dedication to the profession, AMTA National 2011
- Licensed Massage Therapist of the Year, Oregon Chapter of AMTA, 2001
- Certificate for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Sports Massage, AMTA, 1996