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 Oct 02
The stress I carry in my shoulders is relieved. I feel so at peace getting a massage here. My back feels great too!
by Steve on Sep 26
Professional and friendly staff. Felt rejuvenated afterwards. Definitely will be scheduling another appointment. (Recommend)
by Mary on Sep 24
Really enjoyable massage in Linda's new space which is very nice. I asked for more pressure and she was great at really digging in where I needed it.
by Anonymous on Sep 22
Very relaxing - I left feeling refreshed and at peace.
by Anonymous on Aug 27
Although I've had only one visit so far, my experience with Linda is that she's a skilled and professional massage therapist. Also, Linda didn't talk much during the massage, except to inquire about how the massage felt. I enjoyed immensely, because, for me, the quiet contributes to the relaxation!
by Anonymous on Aug 17
Linda showed concern for my comfort level at various stages and reminded me several times to indicate if her technique was hurtful in any way.
by Anonymous on Aug 15
Very professional.
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!

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