New Leaf Therapeutic Massage - Linda Dahl

I feel I've been following a trail of breadcrumbs toward this vocation. It seems every step was available when I was ready to walk through the next door. I worked for many years in the field of natural resources management and, while that will always be a passion of mine, I also knew I was ready to try something new. I felt called to enter the field of healing arts and the seed had been germinating for a few years when, on my honeymoon in Maui, I experienced Lomilomi (Hawaiian body work). ...

I feel I've been following a trail of breadcrumbs toward this vocation. It seems every step was available when I was ready to walk through the next door. I worked for many years in the field of natural resources management and, while that will always be a passion of mine, I also knew I was ready to try something new. I felt called to enter the field of healing arts and the seed had been germinating for a few years when, on my honeymoon in Maui, I experienced Lomilomi (Hawaiian body work).  I came away from that first session knowing that Lomilomi would be central to my practice. When I began looking for schools I had a young child at home and the school I was most drawn toward also happened to offer residential classes once a month, for long and intense weekends, that allowed me to study and practice while maintaining my job and my family life. Oh, and incredibly, it offered Lomilomi! I am grateful for the training and love offered through the Windemere Institute of Healing Arts - my jumping off place on this wonderful journey of Aloha.

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Licenses
Education
2013

Windemere Institute of Healing Arts: Decorah

Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner.

Experience
Bodywork

Swedish

Circulatory, also known as Swedish massage, is one of the most common massage methods used to promote blood circulation, relax tense muscles and promote overall feelings of relaxation and well-being. Circulatory massage involves both long, gliding strokes as well as kneading and tapping techniques. I trained in circulatory massage at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah Iowa through the Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program.

Reiki

Training and attunements for Reiki I practitioner in the Usui System of Natural Healing, training with Mae Clayton, RMP-T Practitioner Teacher.

Additional training and associations

• Bachelor of Science, Biology, Winona State University • Body Sculpting Lifespa Bodywork (a precursor to Structural Integration), 32 hours • Training and attunements for Reiki I practitioner in the Usui System of Natural Healing • Licensed by the City of Eagan, 2015, 2016. This included verification of my training and a background check • Successful completion of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) • Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 2013

Abhyanga and Ayurvedic Therapies

Abhyanga – Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic therapy of applying specially selected oil over the entire body. In this massage, ample oil is applied and allowed to penetrate deep into the skin. Abhyanga can be performed along with other modalities. I am professionally prepared to provide Abhyanga and other Ayurvedic therapies. I trained at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah Iowa through the Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program.

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot stone – Hot stone therapy is an ancient healing art that uses the effect of smooth, heated stones to soften tissue and improve circulation. Stones are also a tool in Ayurveda for loosening and moving ama. Often the receiver does not perceive the difference between the practitioner’s hands and the stones, except for deep heat emanating from the stones. The stones are selected to glide easily over the skin with the aid or a little oil; they are sometimes placed over energy centers of the body while other areas are being massaged. I trained in hot stone massage at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah Iowa through the Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program.

Thai Massage

Thai - Thai massage incorporates a combination of acupressure and yoga-like stretching, focusing on energy channels throughout the body. It differs from most western forms of massage in that no oil is used and the client remains completely clothed. It is often done on a mat on the floor but can be adapted for a massage table. I am professionally prepared to provide Thai massage. I trained at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah Iowa through the Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program.

Marma Therapy

Marma Therapy involves stimulating energy points on the surface of the body. There are 117 major marmani described in Ayurvedic texts, and many of these correspond with acupressure points in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These vital energy points are located at anatomical sites where veins, arteries, tendons, bones, and joints intersect, and all are intimately connected to the body’s neuro-electrical energy. According to Ayurveda, pressure applied to the Marma kindles cellular fire, or metabolism, allowing energy to travel through that point to improve structural and functional integrity of the body’s channels to promote balance and healing. I do Marma therapy on a massage table and the client has the option to remain fully clothed. I am professionally prepared to provide Marma Therapy. I trained at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah Iowa through the Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program

Body Sculpting

Body Sculpting is connective tissue therapy bodywork – It utilizes techniques to lengthen, spread and separate muscles and fascia to facilitate ease of movement of muscles and joints. This modality is used to address fascia that is stressed from injury, trauma, postural habits and repetitive movement, freeing the movement of individual muscles and muscle groups. I completed 32 hours of training in Body Sculpting Bodywork (a precursor to Structural Integration) from Lifespa.

Lomilomi

Lomilomi massage stems from the Hawaiian healing traditions. Lomilomi is a nurturing massage that uses broad, integrative forearm strokes. I am professionally trained to provide Lomilomi Massage. I trained at the Windermere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah Iowa through the Massage, Energy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program and continued my training with Aunty Maile Napoleon on the Big Island of Hawaii.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Anonymous on Jun 25
I love going to linda for my massages! I feel amazing afterwards and would highly recommend going here and I will continue to come here!
by Anonymous on Jun 21
I love going to linda for my massages! I feel amazing afterwards and would highly recommend going here and I will continue to come here!
by Joanne on Jun 20
Disliked nothing... loved it all!
by Anonymous on Jun 19
Love her!!!
by Janet on Jun 19
Linda made me feel relaxed and comfortable. The massage was great. I definitely recommend her services.
by Anonymous on Jun 18
Linda was great! The room was very comfortable, and she always checked in with me to ask how it was going. I will be going to her agian!
by Anonymous on May 09
Absolutely wonderful and just what I needed. Worked out all the kinks and knots in my shoulder.
by Carolyn on Apr 25
I believe Linda is very experienced and takes her time to really get into the areas that need work. I had never had the hot stones before and those were quite nice. The bed was comfortable and it was turned on high but she asked if I wanted it turned down. Next time I will have the bed not quite as warm during the whole hour. Overall I was very pleased and will definitely go back to Linda again.
by Anonymous on Apr 11
The location of the space is a little awkward, in the middle of an office building, but the massage itself was amazing and Linda was sweet and good at what she does
by Beret on Apr 11
Ambiance - lovely. Sounds - relaxing. Will return.

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