About The Owner

Edie Mercado LMT NMT CPT founded Coastal Fitness and Wellness on Tybee Island Georgia in 2006. Currently Licensed in the State of Georgia since 2007, she has over 30 years experience in the Health and Wellness field. Graduating from The Somerset School of Massage Therapy in New Jersey (Now known as The Cortiva Institute), she successfully completed a 564 hour Training Board Approved Program by the State of New Jersey Department of Education in March of 1996. The Program included Anatomy and Physiology as well as Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapies and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF Stretching). In addition, a 120 hour course in Shiatsu (also Shiatsu and headache Pain) was completed in March of 1998. This course was approved by The National Certification For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork known as the NCBTMB.

She has maintained certification in Personal and Group Training with the American Council on Exercise since 1990. Previously she was employed by New York Sports Clubs (1990 through 2004), catering to the physical exercise needs of children and aging adults, serving as the Program Director from 1992 through 1995. In addition, she was employed as a Physical Education Teacher at Yeshiva High School for girls in South River, New Jersey (a Private School) in grades 9 through 12 from 1995-2004. Also having the pleasure teaching pre-schoolers in a daycare facility in New Jersey from 1991-1992 added to her fulfilling career.

Completed 32 hours of NCBTMB Approved Instruction in Active Isolated Stretching And Strengthening with Aaron Mattes on January 25th through 28th, 2018 at the Courtyard By Marriott in University Park, Florida.

Completed 20 hours of NCBTMB Approved instruction in Upper Body – Cervical and Brachial Plexus with Dr. Michael Uriarte on January 24th and 25th, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Jacksonville, Florida.

Certificate of Successful Completion on Pain, Posture & Propioception , October 11th and 12th, 2014 (12 hours Hands On with Dr Bruce Costello, DC. – NCBTMB Approved taken at the Ocean Plaza (now known as Hotel Tybee Convention Center)).

Corrective Body Work – Savannah GA – Completed June 2010 with Dr. Bruce Costello, DC LMT (30 years experience).

Attended International Pilates on Tour Conference in Tampa Florida (www.pilates.com) 3 full days of workshops. Emphasizing Reformer work as well as Foam Rolling. among other workshops of interest. October 15th – October 17th 2010, including Certificate of Completion “Pilates on Tour” Tampa Florida for Reformer for Power; Butt Legs; and More Legs 0n October 17th 2010 with Chrissy Romani-Ruby MPT, ATC

Pilates Reformer I and II – New York City – Completed January 2009

Advanced Therapeutic Taping for acute injuries, Kinesio® Taping 1 and Kinesio® Taping 2 completed in January 2009 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey with Karen Danish, PT,MS,CHT,CKTI (http://www.kinesiotaping.com)

Successfully completed 16 Hours of Continuing Advanced Manual Therapies Education in Russian Medical Massage for Painless Neck, Shoulder,  Back, and Hip Pain Relief with Zhenya K. Wine at The Kurashova Institute in Rock Island, Illinois on May 18th 2008. Zhenya has written dozens of articles for the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association).

Holds current Georgia State Massage License and Currently CPR certified with the American Heart Association.

Licenses, Degrees, and Certifications furnished upon request.