My roots are in the hearty rural Minnesota Norwegian culture. I grew up loving the earth and listening to nature as my means of spiritual connection. Family was strong and life was physical. At age 10 I remember racing my dad back home on a stretch of old country road, my palomino’s saddle tipping sideways as she galloped… I fell into the snowy ditch. Soon after, my dad scooped me up, held me for a tender moment, then told me to “get back on the horse.”
I’ve prided myself on being strong but recovering from a back injury due to skiing in 2009 illuminated my need to better understand how to take care of myself. Old ideas were driving me to push towards my goals, and it’s taken me some unlearning to listen within. Reflection from friends & peers, teachers, my partner, and many great physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and meditation teachers have helped me to recognize that pain results from patterns of chronic strain.
Many have known my work as “Seeds of Transformation Massage,” and I’m beyond words grateful for the many amazing teachers and peers who have touched my heart and helped me to transform! Feeling such gratitude is a gift, and I’ve found it comes naturally when I’m connected with my life-serving needs. Tapping into my body’s wisdom is the most transformational path I’ve traversed, and I’m grateful to be building a legacy founded on skillful listening and communication. My offerings continue to transform as Tongen Touch, massage that honors the strength of my Viking ancestry and my evolution into a more true sense of what strength is for me… embodied-awareness, empowerment through ease. I enjoy moving with more authentic vitality, and this is what I wish to offer you!
Recently I’ve noticed pain and limitation in my shoulders. Listening to my body now takes the focus of developing even more awareness in how I deliver treatments to my clients, and using awareness of myself and my own care as a teaching tool to pass along to others.
Massage for neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain
I focus on heart, head & shoulders as pivotal points of treatment, places that for most of us need TLC. More and more, we need tools to release stress that builds up from hours of screen time. How can you be your best if you’re feeling chronic strain? Let’s bring you back into your body and heart, and bring ease to your mind. I specialize in corrective neck and shoulder bodywork that reconnects your whole-being. I gently coach you to expand your breath & body awareness while using specific treatment techniques and assisted stretching to resolve pain, calm your nervous system and bring you back to yourself.
I offer tools to restore balance.
Much of the pain we experience is from habitual patterns of strain. In addressing my own pain, I’ve learned that much of what I used to do – while attempting to build up my strength and resilience – actually made my pain worse. Pain patterns need to be addressed with skillful experience. Thank goodness I receive compassionate and skillful care to help me return home to how awesome it is to be in my body. How great it is to be on this journey of realizing more than I previously thought possible for me!
It’s my mission to rest deeply within as I move vibrantly through life, and to invite you to do the same.
My journey as a massage therapist began in 2008 when I lived at Shoshoni Ashram in Rollinsville, Colorado for seven months. I was trained in Ayurvedic therapies, began working with people, and loved it! I earned my Associate in Occupational Studies degree at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, then continued to deepen my skills with The Institute for Phenomenal Touch and Orthopedic Massage training with Whitney Lowe. Education, Experience, Reviews.
Over the 11 years I’ve been practicing, I’ve had the opportunity to work with all kinds of people. I’m on the care team for a retired semi-pro golfer for 8 years, support business owners with weekly sessions to be their best, regularly work with climbers, runners, athletes, and those who use their bodies to the extreme, even a few Navy Seals. I assist in injury rehab and help treat sensitive medical conditions. In trainings with the Conscious Dying Institute, I’ve assisted participants to make confident and caring contact with those who are physically compromised. Professionally, I’ve worked within a PT clinic, 2 medical family practices, and currently support an acupuncture clinic that specializes in sleep disorders. Honing my skills in mentored internships at Boulder Community Hospital Cancer Care and Maternity Ward, and the sports department at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Denver, I supported people in medical and athletic systems. I’ve volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Boulder Vets Association, offered massage at outdoor sporting events and health festivals, and given plenty of clothed thai massage sessions to friends & family. I’ve practiced chair massage at numerous corporate events including Twitter health fair, Hunter Douglas, et al. I’m comfortable and skilled in a myriad of environments, focused on achieving great results for the people in my care.
I’ve synthesized my learnings into a unique system I call Tongen Touch to help relieve pain and return to a state of ease and vitality.
Before I began this work I was more introverted, so sharing my knowledge and skills has helped me to access a dynamic and fun-loving part of myself that truly enjoys helping people connect with their embodied awareness! To build the capacity of my nervous system to process and release charged mental-emotional energy, for six years I participated in three-day and five-day meditation retreats every few months, along with group process and individual process work every few weeks. We used the Diamond Approach (within the Ridhwan School aka “Diamond Heart”) with the intent of bringing the diamond clarity of the mind together with the embodied intelligence of the heart.
EmBody’d Blessings! ~ Tina