SEATTLE, WA. – August 3, 2010 – A career in the military may seem a far cry from one in professional massage therapy, but for Travis Runnels, a recent graduate of Cortiva Institute – Seattle School of Massage Therapy, it’s not such a big leap.

“To be a good massage therapist, you have to be disciplined and have a very good work ethic in order to do the best job possible and that’s something I learned in my years in the Army,” says Runnels. A resident of Palo Alto, California, Runnels was stationed for a time in Germany and Iraq and worked as a Section Supervisor and Bradley Team Leader during his military service. Following his military service, Runnels worked in the high tech industry and most recently as a contractor with Microsoft.

Since graduating from Cortiva, Runnels was able to secure massage therapy work at the high end Palo Alto Four Seasons and has already seen repeat clients. In addition to gaining professional work experience, Runnels has also volunteered his time as a Team Massage Therapist for Seattle University’s men’s soccer team, offering recovery massage during in-season training.

“I’m totally enjoying what I’m doing and see the time and investment I made in attending massage therapy school well worth the effort. I’m looking forward to expanding my client base and continuing to learn and grow in my field,” says Runnels.

About Cortiva Institute: Cortiva Institute is a community of Massage Therapy Schools with 11 locations nationwide, offering full and part-time massage therapy instruction, continuing education courses, student clinics that are open to the public, and career services for graduates. Cortiva schools take a holistic and integrated approach to ensure that our graduates are prepared to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, sports therapy clinics or start their own private practices. Go to for more information.