Back In Touch Massage & Bodywork
Taking Care of Aches & Pains since 1987

About The Practitioner

Shirley Blackwell, LMT


Whether you are looking for the ultimate in soothing light touch Swedish Relaxation Massage or serious Integrative Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork methods which include my specialty, SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique), Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Work, Hot Stones with Essential oils, Myofascial Release, Structural Stabilization and ROM Stretches. I feel confident I may serve you above and beyond your previous experience with massage or other forms of physical therapy.


Work Experiences

Mueller College of Holistic Studies, San Diego, California – graduated November 1987

Giovanni’s Salon & Spa, El Cajon, California 1987 - 1989

Hotel Del Coronado Women’s Spa, Coronado, California - November 1987 – September 1988

In-Home full body massage & bodywork San Diego County – 1988 - 2001

KSDO Radio, SanDiego – on-site seated massage 1990 - 1996

Hartson’s   Ambulance Medical Services Communications Dispatch, San Diego, California - on-site seated massage 1990 – 1997

Patty Roscoe & Associates Destination & Special Events Management, San Diego, California 1990 – 2001

Solar Turbines International, San Diego & Kerney Mesa, California – on-site seated massage 1993 – 2001

Glacier Chiropractic, Lolo, Montana – 2001 – 2003

YWCA – on-site seated massage, Missoula, Montana – 2001 - 2003

The Missoulian, Missoula Montana – on-site seated massage – 2001 – 2003

The Feng Shui & Healing Hub, Missoula, Montana – on-site seated and full body massage – 2001 – 2003

La Petite Salon & Day Spa, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – 2003 – 2004

Dr Randal Priebe, Chiropractic Pain Relief Clinic, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho– 2004 – 2007

The Club at Black Rock Spa, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho – lead massage therapist – 2006 -2012

Post Falls Professional Building, Post Falls, Idaho – private practice – 2007 – 2009

3rd Street Healing Arts Center, Coeur d’Alene – private practice – 2009 – 2018

Mud & Stone Massage & Esthetics, Hayden Lake, Idaho – private practice – 2018 – 2019

Concepts Salon & Day Spa, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – private practice – 2019 to present

Continuing Education Classes

2000 Michael Young Muscle Release Technique

2009 Barbara St. Dennis Energy Medicine

2013 Deep Tissue – Structural Stabilization

2013 Professional Ethics

2014 Spontaneous Muscle Release

2014 Professional Ethics

2015 Mastering Myofascial Release

2015 Professional Ethics

2016 Spine Health & Trunk Stability

2016 Professional Ethics

2016 Releasing the Iliopsoas

2017 Spontaneous Muscle Release for Feet & Ankles

2017 Professional Ethics

2018 Body Reading the Myofascial Meridians

2018 Advance Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy – Low Back & Neck

2018 Foot Reflexology 1 & 2: Benefits, Philosophy, and the 34 Points

2018 Foot Reflexology Hands on Techniques

2018 Professional Ethics

2019 Fibromyalgia: The Invisible Disease

2019 A Detailed Approach to Low Back Pain

2019 Professional Ethics

Meet the Business Owner

Practice Philosophy

I enjoy working with people of all ages and every walk of life. Primarily I work with professional people and physical laborers who may or may not be as resilient in their recreational activities in their off time as they would like to be.
I have worked with weekend warriors to serious athletes, greatly assisting them in maintaining or increasing their level of ease and coordination to achieve their exercise and fitness goals.
Utilizing 32 years of practice I am able to integrate an exceptional variety of unique methods of Therapeutic Massage, from light soothing Swedish to Deep Tissue, Range of Motion Stretches and Structural Stabilization with Advanced Neuro Muscular, Myofascial Release bodywork.

I love my vocation. I feel incredibly honored to be able to provide the most basic of human needs… touch. The reality is that most humans are literally starved for touch these days, no matter their age or gender.  I love to provide my dear clients the rare experience of the pure the joy of simply receiving authentically compassionate, artistically graceful, detailed and genuinely heartfelt nurturing touch, in a safe, soothing environment.

A little bit about me: hobbies, family, interests

I am passionate about ending forever wars for oil and preserving our planet's wilderness, wildlife and natural resources - clean air, water and land.

I love cooking delicious meals with my husband Dave and spending our weekends together just reconnecting. Watching documentaries together from Archeology to The Cosmos to Ancient History and Ancient Aliens and Mysteries and Docudramas and Historical and Political Series and of course a great comedy every once in awhile

Love going out to dinner with my sweetheart who is a chef of his own restaurant and so deserves to be served a fine meal without responsibility of preparing it or cleaning up the mess afterwards!

I love to travel with my hubby and every so often go to concerts and plays 

I love to go for hikes in mountains especially near our beautiful lakes and streams

I love dawn and dusk and full moon lit skies and super dark skies awash with stars and learning about constellations from my husband snuggled in his big strong arms looking skyward and hoping to catch a shooting star

I love our blue blue skies and variety a beautiful cloud formations. We have so many more here in N Idaho than we did in So Cal

I love thunder and lightning storms

I love natural Hot Springs and Waterfalls

I miss the living by the seashore even though I love living near mountains, lakes and rivers in N Idaho where its not so crowded and expensive to live.

I love my kitties and all cats

I love my boys Drew 37 and my son Sean 31 following their passions and careers and travels

I am admittedly a Facebook junky sometimes primarily with Progressive Politics and anything to do with animal stories and amazingly talented and inspired young people

I love my husband and my boys

I love meeting people and learning about their life stories and family relationships

I love all kinds of music and collecting it on my phone and creating playlists especially exquisite music and sounds of nature for my massage sessions.