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 International, McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release, RockTape and Amber Davies of the

Trigger Point Therapy Workbook.  Other certifications include Acces Bars, Pillosage Thermal Connective Tissue Therapy, Reiki, acupressure, aromatherapy, taping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and cupping.  She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer. Jamilah  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, after decades of health struggles, Jamilah was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease  and her life has flourished since undergoing treatment.  Her rocky healing journey greatly informs her massage practice and has 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 pathways of the body as well.  She will take time to educate you on how you can continue your healing journey at home.   

Jamilah Jane Tuuk

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 summer schedule is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Bhavna Dixit

Bhavna is a graduate of the 1200 Hour Medical Manual Therapy Program and the 600 hour Holistic Health Care Program at the Blue Heron Academy in Grand Rapids. She received her  Bachelor of Science degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Gujarat Ayurveda University. 

Bhavna is one of very few people in Grand Rapids offering Ayurvedic Massage and Consultations. She 

is well  trained to give guidance on Ayurvedic principles of diet, lifestyle and home remedies for balancing your Doshas, your mindfulness and conscious spirituality through herbal therapies, home-care instructions in exercise, stretches, meditation and yoga .

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Bhavna offers a variety of  massage techniques including Medical Manual Mobilization, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic, Hot Stone, Prenatal,  Acupressure, Tuina (a Chinese massage technique) and Ayurvedic. She also incorporates passive stretching and bony lever techniques into her massages. In her Signature Sessions you may request specific massage techniques as well as Gua Sha scraping, Cupping, Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy or  MyoFascial Release.

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. She is currently on leave and plans to return in the fall.

Shelly Durbin

Since she was very young, Shelly always wanted to help people be better. Her belief is that everyone has the ability to heal themselves and anything is possible. Many times we just need help, guidance and encouragement to get there.

Shelly's calling started in 2010 with her own healing journey and  it showed her the importance of sharing that journey with others.  She became an intuitive energy practitioner and a Usui Reiki and Karuna Master Teacher. In 2012, she opened a spiritual wellness center on Mackinac Island that she owned and operated for 5 years offering services and teaching classes.

 

To further expand her abilities to help people "be better" and to address issues on the physical level, she attained her license in Massage Therapy from the Institute of Sanative Arts.  This allowed her to further her knowledge into many different areas including CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release.

 

Along with energy work, she now specializes in Manual Lymph Drainage and WoodSculpting.  Shelly is passionate about lymphatic massage and much of the lymphatic drainage work she offers is for people recovering from surgery. She loves educating people on the importance of the lymphatic system and ways to support it for wellness.  

Shelly consults with each client and designs a custom session for their needs as every individual has a unique set of issues. She feels honored to do this work and looks forward to assisting others in their healing journey and helping them to create better lives for themselves.

 

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Shelly offers Manual Lymph Drainage, CranioSacral Therapy, Signature Sessions, Ionic Foot Baths, Wood Therapy, Access Bars,  Energetic Face Lift, Reiki and Comprehensive Energy Sessions  with skill and grace at our office  

M-F from 9:30-4:00.

Stephanie Hicks

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Stephanie has over 25 years of experience as a massage therapist and throughout that time has continued learning new techniques, including Reiki, Yaruma Body Rolling, Biofield Tuning and Zero Balancing. These courses expanded her knowledge of the mind body connection and add different dimensions to her massages. Stephanie's massage sessions are an intuitive blend of Swedish, trigger point, compression, deep tissue and stretching. She uses therapy balls and tuning forks to help relax tight muscles and to move stuck energy.

 

Stephanie's focus is on you and in assisting you to release tension, find ease, harmony, wholeness and an increased sense of well-being. She sees two clients each week at our office with varying hours.