About Taum Sayers
To simplify and share information influencing our muscular system via individual sessions, live classes, and here on my website.
Consider...Our bodies have over 600 muscles.
Each and every one of those 600 muscles influence our overall health.
My intention is to share the following:
- A unique understanding and perspective on our musculoskeletal system and its role in our daily lives.
- Steps towards taking an active and knowledgable approach to maintaining this vital and primary system in its most balanced, healthy, and functional pain-free state.
Presently working and teaching in Truckee, Reno, and the east coast.
2003: Invited to teach at The Edgar Cayce School in Virginia Beach, VA.
1994, 95, 96: Worked at the San Francisco 49ers Training Camp.
1990 to 2002: Worked at Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley, CA as the primary training coordinator and therapist.
1987 to 2003: Worked at High Sierra Fitness Center, Truckee, CA.
1985 to 1986: Worked at Bodytime, Incline Village, NV.
1980 to 1982: Asst. Manager and Therapist at A Sante` in Tahoe City, Ca.
1978 to 1985: Maintained a successful massage practice in Squaw Valley, CA.
2003: Published in American Fitness Magazine
2002: Published 2 articles in Massage Magazine
1999: Attained NCBTMB approval for classes
1995: Authored Back to Balance©
1993: Attained NCBTMB certification for massage.
1989 to Present: President and CEO of the Institute of Integral Health, Inc.
1988: Appointed to Board of Directors, Institute of Integral Health, Inc.
1987: Received California State Massage Certification
1987: Accepted into American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
1985: Received certification as Senior Practitioner/Instructor within the Institute of Integral Health, Inc.
The Institute is a non-profit corporation dedicated to health education, teaching, and certifying practitioners in The Berry Method®.
1982: Attained licensing for massage in Washoe County, NV.
1981: Began assistant teaching at Lauren Berry's advanced massage classes.
1979: Began membership in Manipulation Society, Inc.
1979: Began apprenticeship with Lauren E. Berry RPT and Structural Engineer.
1978: Jean Lincoln agrees to sponsor me.
This story began at the age of 4 when I stepped into the street and got wrapped up inside the wheel-well of a moving car.
Long story short, the diagnosis was a 'broken shoulder.'
(Over the years, I've realized that the unseen soft tissue trauma was much deeper and more profound.)
I had tried chiropractic and PT with no noticeable change or lasting improvement.
I had convinced myself that knives and medications would be available later if things worsened.
In 1977, I 'discovered' Lauren Berry's work.
I had been experiencing pain and numbness from my waist down, and it was getting worse. Up to this time, I had adapted and learned to live with the pain.
My friend and neighbor Chuck Latimer, a local ski coach and restauranteur, told me about a massage therapist, Doug Reader, that came to his house and gave a different type of massage for an hour...and it cost $12.
I tried a session, and when I got off the table, I knew things had changed for the better. I immediately felt less pain and wanted to learn more. I asked Doug how he had affected fast, dramatic change. Doug described the techniques as influenced by Swedish Medical Gymnastics and Structural Engineering principles*.
He told me if I was seriously interested, I should take his upcoming massage class.
I took all the classes he presented and assisted him in his house call sessions, which included carrying his table, and supplies. Doug later offered to sponsor me as a student with Lauren Berry RPT, his source, mentor, and teacher. To be able to study with Lauren, a new student needed a sponsor to take responsibility and guide them through the technique and learning process safely.
Not long after we agreed to this, Doug decided to move to Europe.
I was devastated.
Doug called Jean Lincoln in South Lake Tahoe, who had been practicing and working with Lauren since the '60s. She was wary of taking on the responsibility and wanted to meet me first.
Lucky for me, she decided I wasn't toooo much of a knucklehead and agreed.
I would travel to see Jean, Michelle, and Guy wherein we would practice, review, and if her clients allowed, I would observe her work, and later she opened up to my questions.
In later years as my skills grew, we would occasionally trade sessions.
One of my favorite things was her stories about working in Lauren's Sacramento office in the 1960s. THANK YOU, JEAN!!!
Jean passed away in 2008. Jean left a hard-to-fill space in so many hearts.
We miss you!
1975: Began studies in Del Mar, CA with the Honorable Dr. George Dillinger, MD.
His approach included visceral massage, anatomy, physiology, body energy management, herbology... and so much more.
For your continued guidance, inspiration, knowledge 'outside the box' and ability to sincerely listen... Mere words are inadequate to express what you continue to bring to our relationship and many people's lives worldwide.
Mere words seem inadequate, so suffice it to say…
THANK YOU, GEORGE!!!!!
George passed away several years ago, and there are people all over the world who miss you! BIGTIME!