My Background and Philosophy

Linda Kurtz

Body & Soul Massage and Craniosacral Therapy

 

 

My Approach

I work intuitively and with careful attention to the whole of who you are. Depending on what you need and want, I can work with you on a physical level and/or on emotional and spiritual levels. I bring insight meditation techniques, trauma resolution work, and the energy techniques of polarity therapy into my sessions as needed, as well as my vast knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. I work together with you, the client, to provide you with what you need, whether that be relief from an aching back or tinnitus or the easing of long-standing depression. My clients have included doctors, lawyers, former pro football players, administrative assistants, priests, homemakers, psychotherapists, massage therapists, waitresses, pregnant women, children, sexual abuse survivors, and people with depression. I also work with pets.

A Little About Me

I have been practicing massage therapy since October 1995, after training at Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield, Michigan's first and oldest massage training school. I became a massage therapist because I love to teach, help others, and work with my hands and because, after receiving one of my first massages in 1994, I realized how profoundly physically and emotionally healing this work can be. I wanted to bring that healing to others.

What I love most about this work is the fact that it helps people change the patterns of their lives. We are dynamic human beings; we are always changing, our cells, blood, breath always in motion. Thus, even though a pattern has been set, it can  be altered. On a physical level, the muscle fibers can be moved, stretched, expanded, and a chronic pain eased. On a physiological level, energy can return and headaches cease. On an energetic and emotional level, people can begin to peel away layers that have held them captive, they can begin to make friends with unpleasant feelings and memories, and those feelings can start to transform.

 Certifications

Registered craniosacral therapist (RCST)

Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America

(I also currently serve on the board of the association and am editor of the association's newsletter)

Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)

International Myomassethics Foundation


Trainings

Below is a list of some of the more important trainings I have taken.

Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy

Colorado School of Energy Studies

700-hour, 2-year course leading to eligibility for certification as a registered craniosacral therapist (RCST)

Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy Levels I, II, III

Polarity Center, Dearborn, MI

220-hour course leading to eligibility for certification as an associate polarity practitioner

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy

Irene's Myomassology Institute, Southfield, MI

Year-long course in massage therapy leading to eligibility for certification as a massage therapist

Trauma Resolution

Trauma resolution

Sharon Porter

40-hour training on ways to help resolve trauma

Anatomy and Physiology

Oakland University

TA for nurse anesthetist gross anatomy lab

University of DetroitMercy

Gross anatomy for physician assistants (dissection of human cadavers)

Other education

University of Michigan

M.A. in anthropological archaeology

Bryn Mawr College

B.A. magna cum laude in anthropology