Nurture ... Massage and Yoga
I am a graduate of Wellness and Massage Training Institute in Woodridge, Illinois. I practice a therapeutic blend of Swedish, deep tissue and Trigger Point therapy for stress management and pain relief. My chair massage technique blends Asian acupressure, and traditional Western massage techniques designed to enhance the recipient's overall feeling of well-being while reducing physiological levels of stress and enhancing clarity and focus. This technique was specifically designed to be offered in the workplace.
My initial training as a Yoga instructor was with Integrative Yoga Therapy, which takes a holistic approach to Yoga instruction that looks at not only physical but the energetic, emotional, thought-based and intuitive aspects of Yoga practice (and well-being). This very gentle approach is beneficial for everyone wishing to experience the long-term, holistic wellness benefits of Yoga.
I received my Yoga teacher certification from Essencia Yoga Wellness Center, in Wheaton, Illinois. Essencia's approach is an eclectic mix of gentle, traditional, Sivananda-based (i.e., traditional Indian) Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on alignment awareness.
I am also a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, and an Overcome Anxiety facilitator, certified through Sundara Yoga in Austin Texas, which is currently participating in research in Polyvagal Theory-based Yoga Therapy with survivors of traumatic abuse, and persons with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, through the office of Dr. Stephen Porges, who developed Polyvagal Theory of nervous system function.
In conjunction with the Adult Outpatient department of Allegan County Community Mental Health, I conducted the first Trauma-Informed Yoga classes offered by a public mental health organization in Michigan (from 2013 to 2017, when funding was cut).
I am currently studying the neurologically-based, mind-body awareness "Subtle Yoga" techniques developed by Kristine Weber, who blends the understanding of traditional Yoga practices with the most current research in stress management, Polyvagal Theory and wellness psychology.
My academic background includes graduate-level coursework through Western Michigan University's Holistic Health Care certification program and graduate-level stress management coursework through National Louis University. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, in Chicago, IL, and a B.A. from Hope College, in Holland, MI.
My clients and students come from diverse walks of life, with a wide range of ages, occupations (each with their inherent physical stressors), levels of ability and wellness issues represented. My aim is to enhance the quality of my clients' lives by offering the benefits of therapeutic massage and Yoga instruction tailored to their specific relaxation, pain-management holistic wellness needs.
Massage Therapy Testimonials
"Best massage; you're the best...." -- Cheryl S., Arlington Heights, IL
"I think... this is...the best massage I've ever had...!" -- Michele, Indianapolis, IN
"This is the best massage I've ever had, and I get a LOT of massages!" Susan, Guelph,ON