Special to the Tri County Record
Village Yoga, LLC, is proud to announce the addition of Medical Massage & Thai-Yoga Bodywork service to the residents of the region. Kate Healy, B.A., C.M.T., E-RYT 500, and the Director of Village Yoga, has been certified in Medical Massage Therapy since 1993. She received her initial certification from the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in King of Prussia. Ms. Healy then accumulated several advanced certifications in various massage modalities during the decade subsequent to her initial certification. She is certified, and has worked in private practice (1993-2005), in modalities such as: Neuromuscular therapy, Myofascial release, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Deep Tissue Massage. Recently, she received training and certification from world renowned Thai-Yoga Bodywork Instructor, “Mukti” Michael Buck, through attendance at an 8-day Intensive Training in Orlando, Florida (October 2010). Thai-Yoga Bodywork is an ancient form of bodywork that helps to maintain and/or re-gain full range of joint motion and mobility, while opening the major ‘energy points’ contained in the Oriental (Accupressure) Meridian System. A Therapeutic Massage from Ms. Healy may contain useful techniques draw from any one of the above-mentioned modalities in which she is trained, depending on the needs and goals presented by the client.
While Ms. Healy has dedicated herself over the last decade to the teaching of Group Yoga classes; the development of a unique ‘Therapeutic Yoga’ Curriculum; and the advancement of Yoga Teacher Training Standards (through the training of her own staff), she is now seeking to once again work with individuals, one ‘student’ at a time – as was the manner with both yoga and massage in ancient times. Kate is most specifically looking to work with individuals struggling with chronic pain and/or chronic conditions unresponsive to other kinds of treatments and/or surgeries. In her own words, “After 31 years of practice, several accidents and injuries of my own, and over two decades of teaching yoga to ‘less than perfect bodies’, I enjoy a good puzzle.” Her vision is to combine Medical Massage (including new Thai-Yoga Bodywork skills) with the intelligent application of personalized Therapeutic Yoga Postures (using props). As she says, “The prescribed postures (2-3) following a Massage are like ‘homework’ for your specific problem.”
She believes that mainstream modalities are definitely necessary, and prefers to work with clients who have a good relationship with an Orthopedic Surgeon, Licensed Physical Therapist and/or a reputable Chiropractor. She looks at her work as a ‘supplement’ to the work of others, and feels her work is most appropriate when the patient has either completed traditional treatment or is just plain unresponsive to it. “The work is so incredibly rewarding,” states Ms. Healy, “when Medical Massage combines with a personalized approach to a Yoga Posture, the patient has an ‘ah-ha’ that changes his or her life for the better. It is amazing and inspirational work.” For More Information re Therapeutic Massage or Yoga Classes: www.yogainsaintpeters.com or 484-639-7602.