The Yoga and Wellness Collective

I am so very excited to begin to share a vision of expansion! Please welcome The Yoga and Wellness Collective! As the building I am in has transitioned opening more space, we are dedicated to growing the yoga on the low level, with more teachers. My massage practice, with space for private sessions, has moved to the upper level.

The teachers included currently are myself, Erin Moss of Rowan Tree Yoga, Dana Stough of Yoga DNikki Hollandsworth and Katy Hinz.

Please stay tuned as we grow to include more yoga classes, meditation, and workshops!

Here is our Mission Statement:

The Yoga and Wellness Collective’s Mission Statement is:

To bring together professionals in the field of therapeutic health, healing, and wellness to create a group dedicating our time, energy, and resources to assisting each individual to regain and maintain their health by working harmoniously together to achieve that goal. We focus on facilitating the body’s innate self healing process regardless of a patient’s age, gender, sexual orientation, or creed to bring spiritual, emotional, physical, mental pain relief, and prevention such as through, but not limited to: yoga, massage therapy, Reiki, and other forms of natural health practices.

We commit ourselves to the ongoing process of educating the community, empowering them to take a more active role in their own wellness. We will treat all clients/students/patients and each other with kindness, compassion, and respect.

Craniosacral Therapy

BrainSpineThe popularity of Craniosacral Therapy has grown and many people ask: What is it? How can it help?

CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch technique that works to balance the cerebral spinal fluid flow through the spine and head, in simple terms. We all have restrictions due to stress, trauma, or other circumstances that affect the body. CranioSacral complements the body’s natural healing process and enhances functioning of that system of the body comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

This technique was developed by Dr. John Upledger, D.O. He did this work out of Michigan State University.
His main clinic is now in Florida, but the techniques are taught around the world. Learn more about his classes here.

This technique is so gentle, relaxing, and balancing, it can be good for many people, including children. Some of the problems it may help to alleviate are:

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
Chronic neck and Back pain


Chronic Fatigue


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

I have been practicing this technique for over 10 years, having taken three of the Upledger courses. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Reiki ~ What is it? How can it help?

I get many questions about different types of massage/bodywork/healing out there. One type of therapy is Reiki, pronounced: ray-kee. Reiki means Universal Life Energy. Sound kind of woowoo and “out there”? It’s not. We all carry a vibration, something that resonates….us, who we are or what we’re feeling in a particular moment. The best way to describe this is to think of a time you went to go out to dinner with another couple, for instance. You went to pick them up, and you just know, feel, that they’ve been fighting. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, shifting eyes, fake attempts to be cheerful and “ready to go” with a pitch to the voice that’s just not right. This feeling hangs in the air, you walk into it, feel it and know. You are picking up the vibration, or energy, of that person, or people. I think this is so easily discernible because the feelings are so strong.

Some people are more sensitive to it than others and have a natural gift. Some of us work to develop the skills more deeply. I’ve been told, and believe, that we all possess these talents. Anyone can learn. It’s like tuning in to a radio station. On one side it’s really fuzzy, go too far the other way, nothing. But, tune in just right and you have perfect sound, clarity, no static. This is what developing your Reiki healing skills is like.

So, these feelings and energy are all around us at all times. We can tap into them for healing and balancing the energy that is out of balance. The person guiding the Reiki tunes in more clearly to a balanced state of being, and helps either themselves or another person, or animal, in healing. It never harms, is very calming and relaxing. The practitioner may work just off the body, not touching them, or putting their hands in certain positions gently. Reiki is usually done with clothing on, and often, I incorporate it right into a massage session.

These ideas of energy date back to ancient yoga texts. I learned that it was possible that Jesus used Reiki, or a form of it, in his hands on healing. There are MANY documented cases of healing with Reiki. An invaluable site is the local practioner and healer, William Lee Rand. From his site, here are a few things that Reiki may help with:

“Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.”

A few Reiki books to further explore are:

Essential Reiki by Diane Stein

The Reiki Touch by William Lee Rand (Comes with cards, Dvd and Cds)

The best way to experience Reiki is to try a session for yourself!

I am a level 3 practioner, or Reiki Master. Appointments available ~ 313.617.9535