Hi there and welcome.
My name is Heather and I’m ready to get real with you about why I am here, what I believe and what the background is that I literally bring to the table.
Yes, you already know that I’m a licensed massage therapist by looking at my name and credentials. Yes, you already know that I offer individual bodywork sessions to aid in your well-being. You may also know that I teach workshops throughout the Chicagoland area.
What you may not know is what got me here and what drives me to share with you the work that I’m currently doing in the world. The essence of why I do what I do, is what I want to share with you.
In a nutshell, I believe that everybody, including you, have the ability and capacity to heal.
I’m there to help you tap into that healing place; a place that’s already within you. I am not here to do the healing for you though. I’m not healing you, but rather facilitating you.
It is important for me to create a safe space, whether in session or workshop; for you to let your guard down, and feel truly seen and heard for who you are and where you are at on your healing journey. Whatever needs to come out; through the use of my hands, experience and intuition; in combination with your voice and your body’s guidance – we, together, are releasing the issues trapped in your tissues.
Our tissues hold memories and emotions. They hold onto trauma that wasn’t fully healed. I want you to know they are coming to a space where that’s recognized and that you’ll be able to have those things addressed.
Authentic healing is something that I strive to facilitate in my sessions and in workshops….it’s not fluffy. Let’s get real. It’s not cookie cutter. It’s individual. It’s not me healing you. It’s me helping you tap into that healing place within yourself.
It also brings me tremendous joy to witness you feeling empowered! I love it when I see you walk away from our time together feeling more connected to your body, with a better understanding of how it works. I strive to educate you the best way I can so you can feel like you are well connected to the vessel you are living in during your time here on earth.
Now I can sit here till I’m blue in the face and tell you all about what I believe. I do think it’s important for you to know the experienced background that stands behind these beliefs. So here it goes…
It all began during my previous career of dance, upon graduating with honors from Columbia College Chicago in 2000. I spent six years performing, then teaching and choreographing dance for 15 years throughout Chicago and the Northwest suburbs. My performing credits include Thodos Dance Chicago, Estradanza, as well as the privilege of working with the independent artists, David Dorfman, Colleen Halloran, Jon Leher, Altin Naska and Amy Wilkinson. I’ve taught and choreographed for several District 214 high schools as well as at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters conventions.
Throughout my career in dance, I experienced several dance related injuries that left me unable to perform. Disheartened and depressed from the unexpected twists and turns in my career, I begrudgingly decided that I needed a plan B. My sad outlook turned around when I reconnected with a passion I felt in college for the subjects of anatomy and kinesiology and as a result, I decided to learn about healing by expanding my knowledge in these two subjects and attended the New School for Massage; Bodywork and Healing in Chicago, IL in 2004. My experience in massage therapy school changed my life, and as a result, I chose to dedicate my career to the service of helping others heal.
Since my graduation from massage therapy school, I worked in chiropractic offices, wellness centers and high-end spas such as Allyu Spa, The Four Seasons Hotel Spa and Urban Oasis. While the experiences working at such fine establishments were positive, something was missing for me. It wasn’t until 2011, where I had an opportunity to step out on my own and create a pain management practice that focuses on authentic healing, did I realize how important is was for me to own and operate a practice that focuses on the client as an individual with a unique set of pain management needs and conduct sessions accordingly. I bring the best of my experience to each session while working with an intuitive approach to the healing arts.
I draw from the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, Craniosacral Therapy techniques and Reflexology to create sessions that are tailored to your individual needs. Many of my clients are those experiencing chronic pain, neck and shoulder injuries, headaches, low back pain, plantar fasciitis and TMJ Dysfunction.
If needed, I also provide Pre-Natal Massage to expectant mothers, as well as, Reiki as an additional treatment to enhance your overall well-being.
I am licensed in the State of Illinois and am Board Certified through the NCBTMB, as well as a member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals (ABMP).
I am a lover of education and I continually participate in continuing education courses to bring the very best in healing modalities to my clients’ sessions and student workshops. Currently, I am working towards my expert level training with the John F Barnes Myofascial Release Approach Seminars. I love this man’s life’s work! It’s helped me heal on so many levels and the clients I work with as well!
Last, but certainly not least, I am also a lover of teaching and am an active educator in the Chicagoland area teaching students from all walks of life how to enhance their experience by incorporating dance, movement and self care techniques into their everyday lives. The most recent addition to my teaching credentials is teaching Myofascial Release to the students at my alma mater, The New School for Massage; Bodywork and Healing.
In a long nutshell, that’s my story for you and the experience that I bring to the table during each of our sessions together, whether group or individual.
It lights me up inside to bring to you a compassionate, listening ear to each session and I enjoy helping you empower yourself on your healing journey! I look forward to working with you soon!