My name is Barbara L. Vargas and I am a Licensed Massage Practitioner, a Certified Cupping Therapist and a Certified Medical Assistant. I graduated from Spokane Community College in 1996 in Health Sciences with a Degree in Applied Science and received my Certification as a Medical Assistant. I started my career working in hospitals and clinics. I worked in family medicine and emergency/urgent care for the last 15 years. I assisted the medical provider with minor surgeries and procedures, performed vital signs, phlebotomy, wound care and much more. Because of the long hours in the medical field, and the desire to be able to have a flexible schedule for my children and family, I made the decision to return to school and fulfill a long time interest & my ongoing need to help patients find pain relief and healing on a much deeper level. With my previous education and experience in medicine and the human body, I graduated from Day Spa Academy in 2014 with a Certificate in Massage Therapy & Spa Services. I recently became Certified in Cupping Therapy during an intensive training in Seattle in January 2015. My main concentration in my practice is therapeutic massage and injury work. I like to incorporate tools such as hot stones, warm towels, magnets and a variety of cupping devices as part of my massage therapy session. Being in the medical field for 17 years has allowed me to utilize my education and training to a whole new level. I am able apply ALL my medical and natural therapeutic training as a massage therapist & medical assistant to help patients reach better health, wellness and healing. I treat patients/clients for everyday aches and pains, to pregnancy massage, work related injuries, car accidents, migraines, back pain and long term pain from chronic illness or other ailments such as anxiety, insomnia and depression to fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. I work with essential oils and will use aromatherapy as needed. I have also created my own aromatherapy blends and oils for therapeutic use during the massage session.