• Ryanne Harper

Tiffany Diaz-Linam: local author & massage therapist

Tiffany is one of the authors we are lucky enough to represent. She came to us with about a thousand ideas and a level of ambition I admire.

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 when the high volume of massages she was performing resulted in intense wrist and hand pain.

She soon discovered Ashiatsu Barefoot massage. She immediately fell in love with this Asian style of deep tissue effleurage massage that incorporated her feet and toes, thus saving her hands. 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.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.

Because she didn't have enough to do, 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 towards her master’s degree. Tiffany’s pursuit of higher education is now leading her to expand her pathophysiology series to include online blocks tackling disease processes that are triggered by diet and inflammation.

Millions of people suffer with autoimmune diseases. But, what exactly does that mean? In her first book. Understanding Autoimmunity, Tiffany explains how the immune system is supposed to work, reasons it may be working properly, and what you can do to manage your symptoms.

She takes that one step further in Heal Your Leaky Gut, delving into how what you eat impacts the rest of your body.

In all likelihood, you or someone you know is living with an autoimmune disease. If you yourself are a patient, these books are a great resource for ways to incorporate massage and minor lifestyle changes to help alleviate your symptoms. If you are fortunate enough to not have an autoimmune disease, read these books. You'll have a deeper understanding of how they work and the havoc they cause. I am one of those people. I am lucky enough to be fairly healthy. And, when I don't feel well, it's almost always a direct result of something I've done to myself. Reading these books opened my eyes. I now get how they work, have empathy for those who have autoimmune diseases, and I'm grateful for my pretty reliable immune system.

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