Minneapolis MN 55419
Amy is a skilled and thoughtful bodywork therapist. She strives to provide a nurturing and supportive environment of healing for every body. She takes the time to listen to you and encourages your feedback during sessions.
Amy believes that pain and tension are symptoms of imbalance in the body. Bodywork can be a beneficial therapy if you are looking to:
• Relieve Stress and Promote Relaxation
• Address Chronic or Acute Pain
• Alleviate Digestive Distress, including IBS, SIBO, Chronic Constipation
• Improve Sleep and Mood
• Energetically Rebalance
Her work is gentle, but deep to unwind patterns stuck in the body. She enjoys solving problems and takes care to work on your area of focus from a specific and whole body perspective. Therapeutic Massage, Shiatsu Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage) techniques are used to adapt a session that is unique to you. Handcrafted herbal oils, essential oils, hot stones, breathwork and/or cupping may be used to support and enhance the treatment. She strives to have you leave feeling grounded, more spacious and pain-free.
Amy is passionate that all people should have access to bodywork regardless of economic hardship. Sliding scale opportunities are available on a limited basis. Please email Amy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Gratuity is never expected. If you choose to leave gratuity it will be used to support sliding scale clients.
I have more than 30 years of experience as a bodywork therapist. The focus of my practice is to apply the methods of CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release to gently resolve structural problems that cause discomfort and/or restrictions in function for my clients. When emotional difficulties arise, I assist clients to develop their awareness of the bodily sensations that always arise with any thought, emotion, or memory. Using sensate awareness provides a source of new information in addition to being a way to prevent overwhelm. For this somatic processing, I trained in the techniques of Hakomi Somatics (now called Sensorimotor Psychotherpy).
I create medicine + magic, weaving together care webs for healing justice + collective liberation.
I am an herbalist, bodyworker, doula / companion, Traiteux, aspiring Völva, + witch working within my ancestral + cultural lineages through my community-based care practice, Sassafras Healing Arts. I am here by way of my ancestors: Cajun, Norse, Prussian, Belgian, German, + Roma tenant farmers, caretakers, healers, herbalists, nurses, blacksmiths, jewelers, clockmakers, + merchants. I am a queer, non-binary, chronically ill/disabled, multiethnic, southern transplant currently living on occupied Dakhóta + Anishinaabe land in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I spent my childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana (Chickasaw, Chitimacha, + Choctaw Territory) & my adolescence in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (Anishinaabe, Dakhóta + Ho-Chunk Territories).
My past movement homes have included People’s Movement Center, The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, + The HOTDISH Militia Abortion Fund. I am also the Co-Founder of Herbalists for Racial Justice (established 2016) + the Historian, Archivist, + Director of Operations, Accessibility, + Sustainability at SPIRAL Collective (established 2012). I spent a decade working within sexual + domestic violence prevention + advocacy before becoming a Registered Public Health Nurse in 2019.
I practice under a healing justice framework. As someone with white settler ancestry & who identifies as a non-binary queer witch, this means uplifting femme folks, queer & trans folks, black folks, indigenous folks, & people of color as healers, as well as to center marginalized communities in my practice. I strive to bring my whole self to my clients & meet them where they are at, respecting their decisions, honoring their intuition, & working to co-create a container for them to see themselves as the powerful healers & magic-makers they are. I strive to bring an ethic of communal care to my practice, recognizing that we cannot “self care” our traumas away, & that we do not survive alone.
Sliding Scale Fees & Accessibility:
I utilize a sliding scale fee for almost all of my services. My hope with this approach is that folks who have the financial ability to pay more will pay more and folks who need to pay less will pay less and everything will balance itself out. The sliding scale fee exists for people who have low or no income and/or have limited to no employment. I believe everyone deserves access to the healing they desire & deserve. I highly encourage you to contact me if finances are a barrier to you receiving support from me at any time! At times I am able to work outside of my sliding scale on a limited, as-needed basis.
In December of 2018 I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing Program as a Registered Nurse, after 3 years of prerequisites, graduate school coursework, and clinicals.
I offer my services in person as well as through phone or Skype.
Products are available for purchase through my online apothecary at http://www.sassafrashealingarts.bigcartel.com