A Florida native, Howard is originally from Ft. Lauderdale and grew up in
that part of South Florida. Never having lived
more than fifteen miles from the beach, he now lives in Satellite Beach, approximately 800 feet from the sand and the waves.
During his senior year in high school, Howard attended a full-time
vocational program in Computer Electronics, which prepared him for a career as a computer technician. After one year in a
community college Electronics Technology program, he withdrew from the program to begin working full-time in the computer
industry at a local minicomputer manufacturer, Systems Engineering Laboratories, also known as SEL (ironically, the founder
and president of SEL had moved to Ft. Lauderdale from Melbourne, where he worked at Radiation, which later became Harris Corporation).
At SEL, which was purchased in the early 1980's by Gould, Inc., Howard held various technical
positions over the next eleven years. As the company
struggled, he was offered a relocation to Central Florida.
Shortly after that move, the company was purchased by Encore
Computer Corporation. Five years later, Howard was laid
off in a
Fortunately for Howard, as the minicomputer industry was losing ground to the microcomputer (or PC) industry, he purchased
a PC in 1988 (a 10MHz 286 computer with a 20 Megabyte
hard drive!) and began teaching himself the ins and outs of the PC and
its operating systems, DOS and Windows. Based on the knowledge he gained, in 1995, he landed a technician position at a Melbourne PC integration
company. That same year, after being advised by
company management to pursue a college education, he
chose instead to take the American Mensa acceptance exam and passed, allowing him to join an organization of persons with IQs in the top 2
percentile of the population.
As the company made management changes that were detrimental to the well-being of the entire staff, the increase in stress
caused intestinal problems that led Howard to his first massage in 1997 with a massage therapist who also practiced Reiki
Healing Touch. Although the treatments did not provide much improvement for the intestinal problems, he found Reiki to be
amazing and researched it until the following year, when he became certified as a Reiki II
practitioner. During the certification
process, the bronchial asthma that Howard battled with for nearly 25 years was
With continued on-the-job stress, Howard's intestinal condition
got progressively worse and caused a weight loss of 50 lbs. (down to 120 lbs. at 5'10") and eventually landed him in the hospital
During time off from work for recovery, Howard learned a lot about natural healing alternatives and
the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for intestinal
imbalance. And over the next year back on the job with increasing stress inflicted
by mentally unstable management, he decided that a career change was necessary and enrolled at Space Coast Health Institute's
Massage Therapy program, in order to practice Reiki in a professional setting. The 500-hour program began in February, 2001
with part-time evening classes. Graduation was in February, 2002, the National Certification Board Test was in
late March, and
a Florida LMT license was received on April 4th, 2002. Then, on April 15th, the computer company he worked for downsized
Howard was laid off, which opened the door to a full-time massage therapy career.
A major part of any serious massage therapist's career is ongoing training.
Howard has completed Continuing Education courses in Advanced Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy
(NMT) with Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release,
Medical Massage for the Cervical Region (neck), and Medical Massage for the Upper Extremities (arms and shoulders). These
four courses provide the necessary training techniques used in most medical massage treatments, as well as in the most beneficial
therapeutic/deep tissue massage treatments.
In his spare time, Howard plays guitar (and fakes playing the keyboard)
and works on original compositions. With a love for most
types of music, he makes an effort to see live music performed as
often as possible. In relation to that, Howard has become a collector of autographs from the musicians he meets whose music
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