Dr. Synthia Andrews, ND, LMT

Synthia Andrews has been in the world of wholisitic health for over 25 years.
Her work has focused on the resolution and relief of pain and its underlying
mechanical, metabolic, emotional or traumatic causes.  She has recently
expanded her scope of practice to include naturopathic medicine in order to
assist people even further in their quest for pain-free living .

Synthia has  maintained a private practice, taught workshops around the
country, and was a faculty member at the Connecticut Center for Massage
Therapy from 1991 to 2005. She has written two books and contributed to
journal articles. She also taught Pathology for Massage Therapist for three
years at the Kripalu Yoga Institute and is an authorized teacher of the Jin
Shin Do® Foundation.

Full Professional Biography
Healing has been a life-long passion awakened at an early age by my father,
Dr. Gale Ramsby, an interventional radiologist.  As people living in a medical
family know, the dinner table is the venue for all the most disgusting and
dramatic stories.  I loved it. I was fascinated by the human body and
physiology.  In my early teens I became mesmerized with the next level of life:
what animates and motivates the living body?  What is life itself?   Through
the years I have come to believe that the future of medicine lies in
approaches that align with nature, work with the healing mechanisms of the
body, engage the power of mind and emotion, treats the whole person, and
seeks the cause behind illness. This has motivated the path I have taken.

I graduated from the college of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of
Bridgeport in May 2008. However, my career in wholistic health began more
than 25 years ago as a massage and bodywork therapist. Massage therapy
feeds my love of anatomy and physiology while allowing me to explore the
interaction between the body, mind, and emotions.  When I embarked on this
career in 1981 there were no laws in Connecticut governing massage
therapist nor was there any standardized training. Massage therapists
created their own curriculum and studied areas that interested them. As
licensing requirements went into effect in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I
decided to become a massage therapy teacher.  I attended the Connecticut
Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in 1989, graduated in May of 1991 and
began my teaching career at CCMT in September of 1991.  

Teaching
I was on faculty at CCMT from 1991 to 2005. My classes included basic and
advanced massage techniques, Energetic Foundations, Professional
Foundations, Jin Shin Do® Acupressure, and a variety of one day
workshops.  Teaching at CCMT was a rich and rewarding experience.  As
much as I loved the information I taught, I loved the process of
learning/teaching even more.  Witnessing students as they discover their
highest skill brings real joy.

The opportunity to teach in the CCMT Medical Massage Certification program
was an exciting change in direction for me. The medical massage program
was a collaboration between CCMT and the Integrative Medicine Department
at nearby Hartford Hospital. My classes were Research Skills & Critical
Evaluation and Oncology Massage. I taught for several years in this program
starting in September of 2000.

In 2002 I accepted the challenge of creating a pathology course with Peggy
Schjeldahl for the Kripalu Yoga Institute’s Massage Therapy Training
program. The course name was Dynamics of Health and Healing.  It was
unique for programs of its kind in that it looked at system physiology, where
and how things go wrong, what the body does to restore health and how
massage can support the body’s natural process. I taught this course with
Peggy for three years.         

I’ve been teaching workshops since 1991 in Reiki I, II & III, Energy Awareness,
Jin Shin Do®, Energy Meditation and more. I provide training for Massage
CEU’s as well as for non-professionals looking for healing tools for
themselves and their family.  

Projects
I founded and co-directed the Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, Inc. in
1994 with Dianne Berg.  Still in operation today, the center was one of the
first integrative health services in the area.  Dianne Berg is the current owner
and director.

In 1996 my husband Colin Andrews and I went to Germany to collaborate with
Dr. Franz Lutz at the Institute for Resonance Therapy in Cappenberg.  
Resonance therapy is a form of frequency medicine used to treat and restore
ecosystems.  Our interest in this area grew and I founded a non-profit
research institute, Foundations of Life, Inc. (FOL) in 2001. Colin and I are co-
directors of FOL.

For the past 9 years FOL has been a vehicle to explore energy medicine and
aspects of consciousness and healing.  Through this research I have been
gifted with access to cutting edge frequency devices such as the QXCI
frequency healing machine and the Russian Skenar electric stimulation
machine.  The Skenar was designed for use in the Russian space program.  

Continuing Education
Education is important to me. I love to learn and have maintained an
aggressive continuing education schedule.  My studies have ranged from
very anatomically oriented modalities such as visceral manipulation and
myofascial release, to energy approaches such as acupressure and
frequency healing.  I strive to find the cause of pain and dysfunction even
while alleviating symptoms.  I find the cause rarely resides solely in the
physical body.  To assist clients with visualization skills and emotional
process I have studied hypnotherapy and Body Mind processing skills such
as The Personal Totem Pole process. A list of courses I’ve taken can be
found on this web page.

Lectures
My massage practice has focused on the interaction between emotions and
the body, especially related to chronic pain. My studies in this area led to a
specialization in emotional processing through bodywork.  I spoke twice on
this topic for the Phoenix Conference at the Mercy Center in Madison, CT.
The titles of my lectures were, Massaging the Emotional Body and Living from
the Core Self. Other speakers on the venue included Dr. Bernie Siegel.  

Publications
I published two submissions in 2003. I contributed to an article written by
CCMT professionals published in the journal Techniques in Orthopedics titled
The Application of Therapeutic Massage to Low Back Pain.  I also contributed
a chapter in my husband Colin Andrews’ third book, Crop Circles:
Signs of Contact (Career Press).  

My chapter in Colin’s book opened the door to co-authoring my own book.
New York Times best-selling author Steve Spignesi (Colins co-author in Signs
of Contact) brought me to the attention of acquisition editor Mike Lewis at
Wiley Press. Mr. Lewis offered me the opportunity to write
Acupressure and
Reflexology for Dummies with Bobbi Dempsi, published in September 2007.  
This project was gifted with a tremendous project editor, Kristin DeMint, who
made the book a true pleasure to write.  

Book agent Marilyn Allen brought me the next book,
The Complete Idiots
Guide to 2012, with Penguin Press. I was excited to write the book as I've had
a life-long interest in Mayan and Hopi prophecy.  Colin and I have traveled
extensively around the world talking to many indigenous cultures about
prophecy, healing and end-time predictions. Colin was a natural co-author
and we embarked on the project together. The publishing date is October
2008.  Books by Synthia
HERE.

I am currently working on two new books and will post publishing details as
when they become available.
                           
Philosophy
I believe “we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  The potential
we have is truly unlimited. Naturopathic medicine was the clear next step for
me in my perpetual search to go to the cause, remove obstacles to cure and
open the inner pathways for healing. Healing occurs in a space of
acceptance, non-judgment and compassion. I look forward to adding the skills
I've learned in naturopathic school to the people who allow me to walk for
awhile with them on their path to optimal health and the expression of their full
potential. It’s a journey we all take and an honor to be invited to the sacred
space of someone else’s path.  What I know with complete certainty is this:
everyone has room to heal. However much I give to clients, I receive back the
same.  We grow together in this process of life.

Dr. Synthia Andrews practice:  
Andrews Healing Arts Clinic