"In order to evolve, you must have a practice."
Bryan Broussard has over a decade of experience in Asian Bodywork Therapy and has been an Acupuncture Apprentice since 2014. His interest in bodywork therapy and Oriental Medicine stemmed from years of martial arts training. In 1996 he began training various martial arts including Filipino, Muay Thai, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and ground fighting (grappling/BJJ/combative freestyle/shoot wrestling) with Ray Parra in Austin, Texas. After many years of incurring and witnessing training related injuries, Bryan sought practices to balance the hard external martial arts training.
In 2003 he enrolled at Texas Healing Arts Institute (THAI) in Austin, Texas to study western/Swedish massage. That same year, he became a martial arts instructor under Ray Parra and the Inosanto Academy in Marina Del Rey, California. During his studies at THAI, he was exposed to Asian bodywork including Thai yoga massage, shiatsu, and tuina (“tway-nah”). Devon Hornby, an Asian bodywork practitioner and instructor at THAI, helped Bryan heal a nerve impingement in his shoulder and neck that had plagued him for years. After experiencing what Asian bodywork was capable of healing, Bryan realized that it was the key to the balance he had been seeking.
In 2004, he began training tuina with Devon. At the time, the program was only open to THAI faculty and Bryan was the only student allowed to enroll. That same year, he became a licensed massage therapist in Texas. During his four year apprenticeship with Devon, Bryan played an integral part in establishing the Tao Health Center (now the Tao Health Clinic), a Chinese medicine clinic in Austin where he taught martial arts and practiced bodywork. In addition to being a teacher and bodywork therapist, Bryan has a background in non-violent crisis intervention (specializing in at-risk youth rehabilitation) and is a level II Usui Reiki (energy work) practitioner.
In 2011, Bryan moved to Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Drea Miller, and their son, Blixa. He served on the board of the nonprofit Barefoot Acupuncture & Wellness and taught martial arts privately for three years before Drea accepted the position of head acupuncturist at Rapid City Acupuncture in Rapid City, South Dakota. In September 2014, they packed up and moved to the beautiful Black Hills area. He has been an Acupuncture Apprentice under Drea since October 2014. He enjoys spending time outdoors, meditation, and continuing to broaden his understanding of Eastern martial and healing philosophies.