Signature bodywork and self care consultation

Combining a wide breadth of knowledge in massage, physical fitness, somatic unwinding, meditations, and other felt-sense healing practices, I provide unique sessions which are goal oriented, versatile, affirming, educational, relaxing, replenishing, and fun.

Session rates are $80 per hour and up.

“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” – Anna Lappe

Artful Touch is a small, single-practitioner business directly supporting me, a person named Courtnee, trying to get by exploiting no one other than myself. Thank you for supporting my business!

Artful Touch does not offer billing services; All payments are due at time of service.

Philosophy

“Insomuch as scientific medicine has built itself on the foundation of an objective, third person view of the human as a body, it is a deceptive and incomplete approach to human health” – Thomas Hanna

The human body is an incredibly adaptable, creative machine which will do everything it can to acclimate to the stresses placed upon it. This wisdom deeply shapes the manner in which we experience our life: whether we are listening, or not. My philosophy is to offer a supportive bodywork experience that places you in a position of power in your own care.

This often means that my work centers around holistically including multiple experiential elements into bodywork which engages and focuses your perception on what is physically happening, and assisting you in the exploration of how your physical patterns may relate to your experience of life.

Specialties

I am skilled at supporting people through transition, and helping those who have become bodily disconnected through repetitive stress, emotional or physical trauma, or simply by participating in the intense demands of a disconnected imperialist society, back into relationship with their bodies.

I am well versed in acute injury treatment, diagnostic observation, and both very specifically focused short-term work as well as long term maintenance and wellness care. I have extensive experience treating thoracic outlet syndrome, postural dysfunctions, burnout, and chronic pain.

I have worked with people who knew virtually nothing about how their bodies functioned, and I have also worked with doctors. I have worked with hippies, authors, rock stars, shamans, circus performers, therapists, truck drivers, VP’s of megacorporations — you name it. The bottom line is: I want to use what I know to help you accomplish.

Techniques

Intake

My sessions, especially the first one, consist of an extensive intake process that can take anywhere from 10-25 minutes, occasionally longer depending on the complexity and depth of your history. I want to have a thorough picture of your habits, your physical trauma history, significant emotional losses, what skills you already use to sustain and nurture yourself, and what your overall experience of everyday life in your body is like before touching or coaching you.

The intake process is mandatory to establish trust, and to enable the unique depth of my work. It is included as part of your entire session time.

As a tool of discovery and reconnaissance, particularly for new clients who aren’t presenting with a specific injury or problem, I often move from intake to….

Somatic Unwinding®

The definition of soma is “to perceive from within”, meaning that you alone, as a soma, are capable of the perception of your sense of what it feels like to inhabit your body. Karen Clay‘s Somatic Unwinding® combines simple, often unfamiliar actions with a level of subtle awareness rarely utilized in our everyday lives.

These movements are easeful, comfortable, and are performed very, very slowly. Combining a focus of your perception on to the subtle senses of movement itself acts as a re-education of your unconscious nerve functions, as well as a very effective method of helping me to investigate what elements of your body would do best in receiving bodywork.

I have found this bodywork method to be particularly efficient in exploring nerve damage in my clients, including congenital cerebral palsy and recovering from adult-onset brain aneurysm. Participating in this neurological sensing movement acts as a re-education of your nerve functions, helps you rediscover your lost range and ease of locomotion, and acts as a very effective method of helping me to investigate what elements of your body would do well receiving…

Massage

I include techniques such as Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Passive and Active ROM (Range of Motion), Neuromuscular Techniques, Muscle Energy, Postural Observation, Myofascial Release, Trager, Sports Massage, Thai Massage, and Passive Positional Release to address your physical symptoms.

Homework

I almost always suggest simple, small instances of client homework between appointments that ensure our work continues to affect your life long after the session. These instructions often include habit forming, strengthening exercises, somatics and stretches.

Adherence to these instructions is not required to see a benefit from our session(s). However, I do strongly believe that some of the most important work we will do to enable your quickest, most deeply rooted progression, happens with you, at home. Giving you a strong foundational experience to enable long term benefit is my ultimate session goal for each person I work with.

History

For much of my adolescence and occasionally thereafter, I was drug abusive and suicidally depressed. I managed a retail computer store at age 17 before moving to Seattle in 1998 to make software at Microsoft. By my early 20′s I had become entrenched in a constant loop of incredible stress and self neglect, a spell that was ultimately broken by receiving a skillful massage.

I opened my first private massage practice in the Medical Dental Building after graduating from the Brian Utting School in 2008, moving my practice to the Pioneer Building in 2010. My education was intense and transformative, including cadaver labs and eclectic, impactful electives. I then added Somatic Unwinding to my cannon in 2012 to help more effectively communicate with the nervous system.

I bring a first-hand perspective of the physical consequences of a sedentary desk job, 13 years experience as an aerial circus teacher and performer, a world-class medical massage education, and a deep understanding of the interlinked and often halted nature of emotions, mentality, and physical ailments to my work.

My bodywork education, personal health experiences, mental health knowledge, and physical performance experience have all encouraged me to see our bodies as interconnected, whole systems. Since cultivating this career path, I continue to deepen my knowledge and offerings, weaving my eclectic skill set and extensive experience into effective and memorable experiences for my clients.

Comparatively to where I began, I now utterly thrive. I have aches, pains, sads, a history, concerns, and challenges: just like you. I maneuver with and through them, again and again, just as you can. Whatever you’ve got going on, if you want help along the way, I am certain I have something to offer.