Nirva Jean Rybak LMT

​​​​​​It started in Haiti, though not the Haiti of today.  I remember a rather fun and peaceful life that consisted of a modest but comfortable home, a private French Catholic School, and The Catholic Church.  I now understand that I lived a sheltered life.  

By the time I reached my twenties, I was fairly well traveled.  I lived briefly in France and among the countries I visited were Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, Jamaica, Turks And Caicos, and Mexico. 

After moving to the United States, I earned less than a decent living as a fashion model, I must admit.   Before I found Massage Therapy, I worked various other jobs while going to school and persisting on a modeling career that was not meant to be.

​I once received a gift certificate for a one hour massage at a popular massage spa in Chicago and that's when it happened... an epiphany! This was what I was meant to do.  Once I had that revelation, I never looked back.  I can't imagine doing anything else for a living and that was about 17 years ago today (2/25/2016).  I am new to SWFL, but have been a Massage Therapy Provider for 15 years.

After much research,  I enrolled at The Soma Institute School Of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, (where I lived at the time).  After I graduated in 2001, I applied to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).  I took and passed their National Certification Examination.  I became nationally certified on 10/5/2001, candidate ID # 306623-00.

​However, I did not continue to be a member of the NCBTMB, because I believed for a time that it was a bit redundant.  The State Of Illinois (where I hold a current license as of 2016 and have for over 12 years) requires the same level of continuing education and criminal background search as the Board, and so does The State Of Florida (where I am also licensed). 

​I have since come to the conclusion that there is a great benefit to having more than one agency testifying on one's behalf as a professional.  I do intend to recertify in the upcoming future.  The NCBTMB is definitely worth having, but it is voluntary and not required by law, contrary to a professional license.


​I thank you for visiting my site and taking the time to read this. I look forward to being your Licensed Massage Therapist. 

On my mule.

I get around by car these days!

FL License # MA80204



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