Emily A. Francis
Emily A. Francis is an author of books for both children and adults. She has a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness with a minor in nutrition from Jacksonville State University where she was a collegiate cheerleader.
After college she worked in corporate wellness. She soon became an aerobic director, kickboxing instructor, yoga instructor as well as began practicing tai chi, kung fu and other martial arts. She is trained under Universal Yoga in Sivananda yoga. Her teacher, Dattatreya was the senior desciple to Swami Vishnudevananda who brought yoga from India to North America and was the senior disciple to Swami Sivananda himself. Emily holds a gold medal in the US Open in Tai Chi Form as well.
Emily taught High School Health and PE and was the head of that department for a charter school before attending massage school. In 2004 Emily graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage in Clinical and Neuromuscular therapy. Immediately after she went on to study and complete the Dr. Vodder School International for Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy (graduating in 2005 and completing recertifications with the school every 3 years since). Additionally she is also certified in the Vodder's kinesiotape training. Over the years since massage school Emily has taken courses in advanced TMJ dysfunction, MLD/CDT recertifications and has become a Certified Pediatric Therapist. Continuing education is extremely important to Emily and she tries to gather studies from far and wide. She completed the metaphysical doctorate program in comparative religion at the University of Sedona and spent a year studying at the Institute For Intregrative Nutrition.
Currently, Emily is enrolled at Jacksonville State University and is pursuing a Masters in Physical Education with a concentration in Human Performance. Her training, background and practice in bodywork is immense and has earned her acknowledgement and respect in her community. Emily believes in a proactive and holistic whole body approach to wellness. You can find this through her bodywork as well as through her writing.
Emily has served as a guest lecturer at places including the Georgia Massage School, the Georgia State's Graduate Classes in Sports Medicine, and the Esani Institute. Emily also speaks regularly for the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.