The intention for Blissful Massage Therapy LLC is to ease each individual’s body into a deep relaxation, while being a catalyst for the body’s own natural healing process. With care and attention to details, we will work out a session that is right for your body at the time.
Natalie is a graduate from the University of Miami and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering. With a desire for a career in healing and positive touch, she received her certification in Massage and Hydrotherapy from Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida in 2004. While living in Asheville, North Carolina she became a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, practiced massage independently at Relax & Rejuvenate, and continued her education in CranioSacral Therapy I & II through the Upledger Institute and Zen Thai Massage with Martin Misenhimer.
Since 2006 Natalie has been well-settled with her family in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina, and has studied Integrative Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, and Nurturing the Mother by Claire Marie Miller for Massage for the Entire Childbirth Process. Natalie continues to expand her knowledge of bodywork techniques for the entire family, aromatherapy, nutrition, herbalism, gardening, and yoga. Natalie has completed over 250 hours of advanced training in bodywork techniques.
Natalie maintains her license #4937 in South Carolina, and has put her North Carolina license #5009 to rest for a long while.
What goes on your skin also goes within, and for this reason Natalie chooses to only use
all natural, paraben-free oils, lotions and creams.
Natalie has worked in the Supplements and Body Care retail industry as a Wellness Manager and found it to be a very enlightening experience. Her life changed when she came to understand that potentially toxic chemicals abound in body care products that can negatively effect our immune systems and quality of life. In order to keep these water-based body products shelf-stable for several years on a shelf in your supermarket, preservatives are necessary -- but those preservative ingredients don't have to be so toxic. There are plenty of clean and green products available to us now. Just be careful and read your labels. If you can't pronounce the ingredient easily, you probably don't want it on your skin.
Natalie does not use any products containing parabens in her practice. Here's why:
Parabens (ethyl-, methyl-, butyl-, propyl-) are the most commonly used preservatives in the US. In 2004, a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology reported parabens are a cause for concern. British researchers found traces of it in twenty women who had breast tumors. Typically, parabens are being replaced with Grapefruit Seed Extract. (This information is from A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients 6th Edition by Ruther Winter, M.S.)
Other ingredients Natalie tends to avoid are: fragrances (if it doesn't say essential oil, it's possibly a chemical fake that could be the secret behind your mysterious headaches), propylene glycol, urea, sodium benzoate and artificial colors.
For more information on research and what not to buy: Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database
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