We are so excited to represent local author, Tiffany Diaz-Linam. Her first book, Understanding Autoimmunity, was released today!
Here's a little about the author:
Tiffany Diaz has the passion and drive that would have made her a success in any profession she undertook.
In 1995, after serving her country in the United States Army, she attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy, in Salt Lake City, then returned to Fort Smith to launch her own massage therapy business. The venture thrived, expanding to three separate locations. However, after ten years, her business was threatened by her very success when the high volume of massages she was performing resulted in intense wrist and hand pain.
Demonstrating her determination to succeed, she searched for a solution to overcome this obstacle and discovered an alternative method that would allow her to continue her massage career. Without hesitation, she hopped on a plane and headed to Las Vegas to dip her toe in the world of Ashiatsu Barefoot massage. She immediately fell in love with this westernized version of the Asian style of deep tissue effleurage massage that incorporated her feet and toes, thus saving her hands. She returned to Las Vegas twice to continue her education and received her certification in the technique, becoming only the fifth person within Arkansas, and the first in Fort Smith, to attain the certification.
Tiffany continued to grow her business, utilizing the management skills she gained while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, a new chapter in the barefoot story was written when she became an instructor for Barefoot Masters and began sharing the technique with other therapists in Arkansas.
Teaching Ashiatsu became one of the most rewarding vocations she had ever experienced. She was so grateful to have found a way to share locally the knowledge that she had to travel so far to receive.
Tiffany taught the Ashiatsu Bar Basic course for five years and expanded her training to include Intro to Ashiatsu, Advanced Ashiatsu, Bamboossage, Fijian Barefoot Massage, and Pathophysiology in 2016.
While building a successful business, Tiffany returned to college and obtained an Associate of Applied Science nursing degree in 2014. She gained more experience working in the Emergency Room and cardiac stepdown unit. In 2017, Tiffany was awarded a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and is currently working toward her master’s degree.
Tiffany’s pursuit of higher education is now leading her to expand her pathophysiology series to include online books tackling disease processes that are triggered by diet and inflammation.
The experience derived from twenty-one years in the field of massage therapy, combined with knowledge she attained via her continuing education and hands on nursing experiences, gives Tiffany a unique total understanding of the human body that is not found within either profession independently.
New methods in health care are beginning to center around individualized approaches to treatment. Tiffany’s experience in alternative holistic therapies of bodywork and the understanding of pathology triggers in relation to a person’s overall health are a key component in her perspective for total wellness.