Hi! I’m Kelly! I’m the Owner, a Certified Massage Therapist, and a Certified Holistic Health Coach here at “Helping Hands Therapeutic Massage & Body Work”.
Why did I choose a career in alternative health care?
I became interested in natural health at age 18, when I started having digestion issues, which was the start of my journey from illness to wellness. I overcame, what started as gut issues all naturally while working with multiple holistic therapists, and ultimately eliminated pancreatic cancer while working with a brilliant clinician ending in 2017.
Life as a Massage Therapist:
I studied and learned massage at CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu School & Clinic in St. Louis Park, MN. After graduating, I acquired National Certification which I continue to keep up with. I’ve been a Massage Therapist for over 9 amazing years, being blessed to meet people from all over the world and helping them become more healthy and whole. “To see a person walking in through the door at Helping Hands prior to their session, sometimes stressed out and in pain, and then coming out after their massage therapy feeling relaxed and pain free… there is nothing more rewarding as a therapist to see your clients feeling genuinely well and healthy!” The work I do is specific for each individual client’s need that I’m working with. Their health is my top priority!
What is the Coaching I do?
“As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, receiving my diploma from “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition”, I get the honor of working with clients that are desiring to transform their lives, becoming more healthy, meeting their wellness goals, and learning to love life more fully or perhaps again! In my training as a Holistic Health Coach, I dove deep into exploring Primary foods and Secondary foods. Primary foods are relationships, physical activity, career, health, social life, joy, home environment, home cooking, spirituality, creativity, education, and finances. And Secondary foods, being the food that is on our plate. We can’t focus solely on our secondary food without looking at our Primary food. They go hand in hand. Often times we as humans are imbalanced, and as a Holistic Health Coach I work with my clients to bring that balance back into their life.
How is my approach different?
By combining knowledge, nutrition, the latest cutting edge data, years of experience, the science, chemistry, and dynamics of food and the human body, along with you bringing YOUR unique bio-individuality to the table, you and I can work together to meet your wellness goals. “My approach is one that when a client walks through the door, they know they are going to be heard and listened to, feeling valued. Clients will become empowered, healthier, and encouraged. By exploring and incorporating my client’s goals and desires, they and I will work together to help them become more healthy and whole. Furthermore, resulting in their life lived with more vigor, excitement, love, positivity, health and wellness, awareness, and freedom! Their wellness journey will become a dance that flows!”
What are my other interests?
“I love being outdoors in nature. Water is my favorite element so if I can spend time by or in it, I’m feeling blessed. I also enjoy gardening, kayaking, down hill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, photography, enjoying the outdoors, quiet time for reading (and researching), relaxing, being active, going for walks, being with my fur-babies, and spending time connecting with loved ones. I’m interested in each day for the gift it is, a wondrous gift. A gift that I’m thankful to have. A new day to be, do, and love for all it encompasses!”
I’m Amy! I am so grateful to be on this amazing health journey with you, our clients- or potential clients! I’ve been the receptionist at “Helping Hands Therapeutic Massage & Body Work” since June, 2013 when our doors opened. Having recently attained certification as a Mind Body Eating Coach, I’m thrilled to be in a coaching position!
Why did I choose a career in Alternative Health Care?
“Being a wife and active mom in my late 30’s, the year being 2002, I had a personal experience where my health was crashing and I needed help. Having to decide how I would meet the challenges I was facing, and further living my life to become nourished, energetic, and whole again, was an easy choice, but also mentally hard. Taking an all-natural health approach to overcome multiple food challenges, extra weight, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, I truly stepped into a new world of “health-care”. I enjoyed learning, and more-so becoming healthy and whole. As the years have progressed, my passion for alternative healthcare and self-care continues to grow, all the while feeling energetic, grateful to be alive, having a more positive body image and reaching a sustainable weight that I feel good about are all some of the many positive results I’ve had BECAUSE of those earlier health challenges!”
What is the Health Coaching that I do?
“As a Mind Body Eating Coach, I’ve learned how to effectively address weight concerns individually, helping to curve and overcome binge eating, overeating, addressing body image beliefs, helping with various nutritional related health concerns, and underlying deeper issues which impact a person’s health, body, and mind. My approach is positive and empowering. I don’t see someone’s eating challenges as a sign that something is wrong with them, but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight, and health. Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationships, family, intimacy, life stresses, and so much more. By working on the places that are most relevant for the client, success is more easily achieved.”
How is my approach different?
“For far too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight, and diet. We’ve been told that we’re ‘willpower weaklings’, or that we ‘need more control’. People are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food and a healthy metabolism. In my coaching practice, I combine many of the best cutting edge strategies from an eating psychology and science based approach. By eliminating the “should and should not’s”, I focus on what’s right for a client’s body and personal style. Working this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self improvement!”
What are my other interests?
“I very much enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and getting to know new acquaintances in a personal way. I find peace in silence, prayer, and meditation. I have much joy in laughter and even in tears. I get personal satisfaction in deep conversations that grow my patience, compassion, and integrity. I am immensely moved by music. I also enjoy the 4 R’s; reading, researching, rock hounding (for agates), and refurbishing old, worn out items for decorating our home or giving as gifts! Gardening also brings me an abundance of joy, even in weed removal! Growing our vegetables has been one of multiple gifts we passed on to our children when they were preschoolers. Today, we see this gift instilled in the lifestyle of their choices as adults, and I certainly enjoy sharing in the joys of their good health. Makes a mom’s heart happy!”
From the Helping Hands Team:
Your personal health transformation journey is important, and we would be honored to work with you to become more healthy and whole. Your wellness dreams and goals can be achieved! Having a personal Health Coach walk alongside of you, supporting and encouraging you on the journey, is a treasure we’d like to open up and share with you! Simply reach out to us by visiting our contact page.