A skiing injury in 2009 led to long-term daily back pain and shoulder pain and made me want to take better care of myself. Attempting to heal my injury, I found that strength training and yoga stretching did not decrease my pain, and often made it worse. Five years in, I bought a series of sessions with a personal trainer… and during our first session re-injured my back worse than ever!
At a loss with my attempts to build my strength and resilience, I felt compromised and humbled. I had no choice but to slow my roll; I couldn’t even stand up to walk. Receiving help from friends & peers, teachers, my partner, and many great physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and meditation teachers, I recognized that my pain resulted from patterns of chronic strain.
I learned that breathing and engaging core muscles are both important to heal, and this is done with easy movements. I also learned that even though an injury may be healed, there’s often a long-term pain pattern that needs to be disarmed. I’ve learned how to reset pain patterns and engage in a more supportive way. I’m so grateful to be out of daily pain and know how to work with it when pain sets in!
Now I address pain patterns with skillful experience, using simple techniques to reset your nervous system to release patterns of chronic strain.
-> Are you experiencing pain from patterns of habitual strain?
-> Do you want to relax, let go of stress, and feel awesome in your body?
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There are simple ways to reconnect with how good it is to be in a healthy, happy body, and I can help you get there!Tina Tongen, Master Massage Practitioner and Certified Yoga Teacher in Denver and Boulder, Colorado.
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 Degree in Occupational Studies 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 Tongen Touch Massage Therapy to help you 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 wisdom of the heart.
EmBody’d Blessings! ~ Tina