Tye Burrell, BSN, RN, LMT
How did I get here? My journey was not easy nor was it a straight shot. And definitely not how I thought my life would turn out. There were many twists, turns, highs and steep lows. And honestly, I could write a book. But guess what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Looking back at my colorful life, I learned many lessons along the way. Most importantly, those lessons made me the woman I am today!
I wandered into holistic nursing when after my first year as a critical care nurse, I sustained a back injury. And because I “only had significant soft tissue damage and nothing was broken”, I was told by doctors that my nursing career would be over. Little did I know, this would be the beginning of my journey into the world of massage therapy and coaching.
Receiving regular massages became one of the most significant treatments that helped me get back on my feet and reduced my healing time so that I was able to return to work. Not only did the massages help alleviate muscle stiffness and back pain, but they also assisted with stress reduction providing a sense of harmony within.
My personal experience with massage therapy made such an impact on my life that I enrolled at the now-closed Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Salem, Massachusetts, and made it my mission to help others heal, recover, and reconnect with themselves through massage and bodywork.
After feeling burned out from working as a critical care nurse for a number of years, having panic attacks on my days off, I no longer felt fulfilled in my career and life. And I no longer recognized myself. I realized that I was simply existing. I knew something needed to change. I took the leap of faith and left bedside nursing to open Sankofa Massage & Coaching.
Since I love people and helping them see and reach their potential, I began to naturally bring coaching into my bodywork sessions. I also made the decision to invest in myself so that I could be the best version of ME and help support my clients so they can be the best version of themselves. Eventually, I enrolled and completed an ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited coaching program with a concentration in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Trauma.
It was important that I also did my work. So, you see, I’ve been where you are now, in pain physically, emotionally, frustrated, anxious, and stuck.
Now, I am happy, pain-free, I love the work that I do and I love the person I am becoming.
So, tell me. How can I help you?
Credentials / Certifications
Tye received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fitchburg State College in 1999. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, she is a graduate from The Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Salem, MA, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is also a Certified Usui Reiki Practioner and has studied in Chiang Mai, Thailand at The Massage School of Chiang Mai and the Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage in Montreal, Canada.
As a professional member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Tye is always working on new continuing education opportunities to expand her depth of knowledge so she may better serve her clients.