Michigan law requires massage therapists to complete 625 hours of accredited training. At A Healing Touch we believe in going above and beyond that requirement. We are passionate learners and we love what we do.
Jamilah Jane Tuuk
Jamilah graduated with a 500 hour certificate from the Michigan Institute of Healing Arts & Sciences in 2008. Since that time she has completed over 400 hours of continuing education with world-renowned experts from the Upledger Institute for CranioSacral Therapy, John F. Barnes MyoFascial Release Approach, The Manual Lymph Drainage Institute, McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release as well as Amber Davies of the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. Other certifications include such techniques as Acces Bars, Pillosage Thermal Connective Tissue Therapy, Reiki, acupressure, aromatherapy, kinesiotaping and cupping. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer.
Jamilah's journey to massage therapy was a long and bumpy one. She explored several careers after earning her B.A. from
Calvin College in 1997. Her interest in holistic health developed at a young age due to ongoing health issues. She opened A Healing Touch in 2010 so that she would have the time and space she needed to pursue her passion for educating clients in self-care.
In 2015 she was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease and her life has flourished since undergoing treatment. Her own health struggles greatly inform her massage practice and have shaped her into a caring, compassionate healing artist who will truly listen to you as you craft your own path to wellness. Her bodywork style is a unique blend of techniques that address not only the muscles but the connective tissue, lymphatics, nervous system and energetic paths of the body as well. She will take time to educate you on how you can continue your healing at home.
Jamilah offers a Signature Session that incorporates all of her knowledge into treating both your long and short-term goals in addition to her CranioSacral, MyoFascial Release, Trigger Point, Manual Lymph Drainage, Scar Tissue Release or Access Bars appointments. Her regular schedule includes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with additional availability on some Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bhavna is a graduate of the 650 Hour Medical Massage Program at the Blue Heron Academy in Grand Rapids. She is continuing her education at BHA in a 600 hour Holistic Health Care Certification which she will complete in 2020.
She is trained in Medical Manual Mobilization, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue and Prenatal Massage, Acupressure, Tuina, Cupping and Bony Lever Techniques as well as in the use of Heat, Cold, Light and Herbal therapies and home-care instructions for exercise, stretches andYoga to positively impact the needs of her clients.
In addition, Bhavna earned her Bachelor's Degree in Ayurveda in India in 2009 and is well trained to give guidance on Ayurvedic principles of diet, lifestyle and home remedies for balancing your Doshas, your mindfulness and conscious spirituality.
Bhavna is a keen learner who specializes in pain relief and increased mobility in her massage practice. Her gentle presence creates space for deep relaxation in her sessions. She offers Swedish, Therapeutic and Deep Tissue massages on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Shelly is a Reiki Master and Intuitive. She completed her massage training through the Sanative Institute in Standale, MI, where she specialized in Manual Lymph Drainage.
Before moving to Grand Rapids, she owned a shop and spa on Mackinac Island for several years. You can visit her online store Crystal Earth to purchase jewelry, crystals and bath/body products.
Shelly offers Manual Lymph Drainage, CranioSacral Therapy, Swedish Massage or Therapeutic Massages, Reiki and Comprehensive Energy Sessions and with skill and grace. She sees clients at our office on Fridays and Saturdays.