With over 30 years of experience as a Massage Therapist, Naomi believes that all people deserve to feel comfortable and at home in their bodies. Many do not, whether due to physical difficulties or pain, trauma experiences, stressors, and/or the many messages we receive that our bodies are not OK as they are. She offers massage for relaxation, rehabilitation, and body/mind integration. With an openness and acceptance of all body types, sizes, and abilities, Naomi helps people truly tune in and fully inhabit their physical being, learning how to safely and comfortably drive the only vehicle that they have in which to maneuver the world.
With training in many modalities, Naomi puts together the right combination to enable each client to get what they need from a session. She uses many tools, from traditional massage modalities (Swedish, Shiatsu, Trigger Point therapy, etc.), Myofascial Release techniques, CranioSacral Therapy (including SomatoEmotional Release), Lymph Drainage Massage, mindfulness and breath training, and more.
While she can work as deeply as anyone wants, she does not believe that more is always better with massage and values powerful light touch modalities as a way to show the body new, more comfortable ways of being, rather than just “chiseling off tension” through deep tissue work. Naomi believes it is more important to help someone figure out why they are tense or in pain so that they can change that, rather than relying on her to “fix them.” In fact, she finds that working deeply and fighting against an established tension pattern generally just strengthens its resistance and may create more pain and tension in the long run.
As an Occupational Therapist with a specialty in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing, Naomi has been one of the only OT’s in the metro area who has offered evaluation and treatment of adults with sensory difficulties. She is able to continue this at LynLake on a short-term consultation basis. She can educate and help adults to identify sensory triggers and practical remedies for situations that cause them difficulty. In two to six one-hour-long treatment sessions, clients can learn ways to change over-sensitivity and neurological reactivity through appropriate day-to-day habit changes and education to help them better understand their sensory reactions and difficulties.
Occupational Therapy, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
Certification in Therapeutic Massage, Boulder School of Massage Therapy, Boulder, CO.
1250 hour program including training in Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Integrative Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Counseling Skills, Nutrition, Body-Centered Therapy and supporting academic foundations (anatomy, physiology, pathology, etc)
BA in Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.
Areas of special training/continuing education:
CranioSacral Therapy – Upledger Institute courses including CranioSacral 1 & 2, SomatoEmotional Release 1, CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics, CranioSacral Therapy for Chronic Depletion
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy – Upledger Institute courses including Lymph Drainage 1, 2, & 3, Bandaging and Garments for Lymphedema Therapy
Myofascial Release and Mobilization
Trager Therapy, level 1
Certified in administration of Sensory Integration & Praxis Tests (SIPT) – USC/WPS #307
Many other areas of Continuing Education in both Massage and Occupational Therapy