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April 24th

About Cortiva Westminster Campus

The mission of the Cortiva Institute is to provide high-quality, comprehensive training programs that prepare graduates for successful careers in massage therapy, skin care, and related health and wellness fields.


Cortiva Institute  is committed to the success of its students and graduates. Cortiva Institute offers practical and effective vocational training programs that are designed to produce successful practitioners and support the learning and personal growth of students.

Cortiva Institute  is committed to fostering a caring community and creating a safe and challenging classroom environment. Experienced and dedicated faculty provide hands-on training that focuses on the individual needs of each student.

Cortiva Institute  believes that students should graduate as experienced practitioners, ready to work. Our programs are both practical and innovative and draw upon the rich history of knowledge and experience of our member schools, as well as current industry trends.

Cortiva Institute is committed to the growth and evolution of massage therapy, skin care, and related fields. Our curriculum is therefore designed not only to enable our students to master established methods, but also to approach their work creatively so that they may contribute to the development of the techniques of the future.

Expert faculty focused on you

Our instructors are second to none: top professionals in their field who make your success their top priority.

Iris came to both massage therapy and teaching through very personal experiences. During her childhood, she massaged her mother’s shoulders, relieving the pain of juvenile arthritis and seeing how massage helped someone feeling intense pain. Also as a child, Iris’s sister experienced carbon monoxide poisoning that lead to brain damage. By tutoring her sister, Iris learned to love teaching. As a result, she finds it natural to work with students as a teacher of massage.

  • Teaches reflexology, acupressure, Shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, professional
  • Graduate, Boulder College of Massage Therapy
  • Experience in collaboration with chiropractic care
  • Reiki Master
  • Karuna Master Teacher
  • Certified Biofeedback Practitioner
  • Specialties in Eastern paradigms and energy healing techniques
  • Continuing education in aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, ear and hand acutherapy, Jin Sin Jyutsu, Pranic healing and color puncture

Kristin pursued her massage therapy education part-time while working full-time as a Youth Security Officer for the Division of Youth Corrections. Since changing careers, she’s discovered the excitement of helping clients find relief from chronic pain and limitations in movement. Kristin’s favorite thing about teaching is that she’s constantly learning from her colleagues and her students—in an environment that combines science, art, intuition and compassion into every effort.

  • Teaches anatomy
  • Graduate, Denver School of Massage Therapy
  • Private practitioner
  • Former teaching assistant, anatomy, reflexology, trigger point therapy, and
    movement and structural bodywork
  • Former operations manager and massage therapist, Elixir Mind Body Massage Spa
  • Specialties in myofascial release and craniosacral therapy

Iris Powell

Iris Powell

Kristin Garcia, LMT

Kristin Garcia, LMT

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