Nancy Rhodes LMT #5592 is a graduate of Birmingham School of Massage Therapy and is certified in Swedish, Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy Massage techniques.
Nancy is passionate about functional movement for connecting to our body and appreciating our quality and longevity of life. In teaching yoga for many years she has witnessed changes in her own body through pairing yoga and massage. Nancy specializes in creating a safe and accepting space to help others in their search for deep relaxation. She believes that pairing the practice of yoga and regular massage can create the healing we all need for deep peace.
Plants are respected for their ability to bring balance back to the body. Some herbs offer concentrated nutrients and others offer support to different body systems. Most people can benefit from herbal support, but this is only one aspect of wellness.
Your herbal consult will also include a discussion of other lifestyle changes and wellness modalities that can create a stronger wellness plan. Before we meet, you will fill out an intake form that helps me understand what your concerns are, what you have tried in the past, and what is or isn’t working for you. At the consultation, we dig deeper into your answers and begin forming a plan together. Afterward, I send you a followup email with your recommended herbs and personalized plan. Followup appointments are set at eight and sixteen weeks.
Ready to do some deeper work to balance your vital life force? Book an aura cleansing and chakra balancing session. Your aura is the area around your body in which your vital life force radiates. Cleansing your aura allows you to release unhealthy connections. Your chakras are energy centers in your body that correlate with certain aspects of your physical and emotional self. Balancing the chakras can bring emotional release and better support for the body.
When you arrive, we will talk about what you are dealing with and if you’ve been doing anything on your own to work toward rebalance. During the session, we may utilize crystals, singing bowls, or aromatherapy to help the process. At the end of the session, we will spend a couple of minutes discussing energy techniques you can do on your own to continue encouraging balance until your next appointment.
Larabeth Guthrie is a board certified wellness practitioner with a Bachelor’s of Science in Complementary Medicine and a Master’s of Public Health in Functional Nutrition.
Growing up, Larabeth Guthrie’s mother and grandmother impressed upon her the importance of plants as a way to build wellness as well as the first line of defense against illness. At the age of 12, Larabeth discovered Qi Gong through her martial arts association and witnessed the power of energy healing. She began to dig deeper into herbalism and eastern healing practices, and went on to become a Reiki Master at 21.
Larabeth is currently working toward her 500 hour yoga teacher certification and a PhD in Natural Medicine. She currently volunteers with UAB’s integrative clinic to produce research and education around mindfulness practices, yoga, aromatherapy, supplement use, and traditional healing practices. As a multi-modal energy healer and instructor with over 15 years of healing experience, she works to make natural health education accessible and available for everyone.
Ancient healing traditions all have one thing in common: they discuss a vital life force that flows throughout our bodies. According to wisdom from these traditions, dis-ease and emotional strain can occur when this life force is weakened or blocked. Reiki is a more modern healing practice from Japan that can help this life force flow more smoothly. Many people choose Reiki because it is a gentle healing energy that flows into the body to wherever it is needed.
Integrative clinics and hospitals are beginning to offer Reiki as a complementary therapy for patients. Research is being conducted for Reiki’s ability to help patients with cancer, chronic health issues, and for recovery after surgery. Some case studies even highlight its potential to support the nervous system and change how a person feels within a single session.
During a session, you remain fully clothed and can lay down or sit up to receive the energy. You may close your eyes or keep them open. Some practitioners work with children who bring their coloring books and color through their time together! You may feel warmth, tingling, or other sensations. Some people feel nothing during the session but report a shift that occurs over the next few days. Since Reiki is hands off, it is a fantastic alternative for those who may not be comfortable with manual therapies.
Gloria dibbled and dabbled in yoga for years but never fully committed because it was too hard. She started attending classes regularly and found that it helped her both mentally and physically. The more Gloria attended class the better she felt, she decided she wanted to learn more.
Gloria completed Yoga teacher training in 2019 at LifeTimeFitness – the best four months of her life! What she learned about yoga were the benefits and the experience of practicing yoga, what she learned about herself was phenomenal and life changing.
Yoga for Gloria is not about perfecting a posture, it’s about the journey into and out of the postures, and linking breath to movement. The practice of Yoga is a beautiful thing and she is excited to help others feel the same sense of fulfillment that she feels on her own mat.
A California native, Nikki grew up in the horse world, riding, training hunter/jumpers and dressage. A middle school science teacher, Nikki found her way to the yoga community in search of a way to relieve stress. She fell in love with mental and physical challenge she found in Ashtanga. After developing her own practice, Nikki attended Birmingham Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 focusing on Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga. Now certified, her mission is to encourage others to develop a personal relationship with yoga, and find their own expression and joy in it as she did.
Caron began her journey in Michigan where she attended her first yoga class and was immediately drawn the possibilities yoga offered her mentally, spiritually and physically. Caron is interested in all styles of yoga and has been practicing for over 20 years. She received her 200hr RYT certification in Raja Yoga in November 2013 under Emily and Jackie Chiodo and has been teaching ever since. Yoga is Caron’s passion and it gives her great joy to know that she is helping others become more balanced, flexible and focused. She believes in giving people tools to use on their mat as well as off to bring their yoga into their every day life. Caron moved to Alabama in 2014 and is happy to call it home. One of Caron’s favorite quotes is: “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha
Sam discovered yoga in 2005 as a way to promote physical and spiritual balance but the practice took on a new sense of urgency after a serious skydiving accident. Yoga soon became a way of life and Sam completed his RYT-200 certification (Yoga Alliance) in 2009 under Akasha Ellis. With over 1,000 hours of teaching experience, Sam is now E-RYT200 certified as a Yoga educator. He incorporates elements of Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga into his teaching through rhythmic breathing and coordination with challenging postures in a flowing style. Sam strongly feels that consistent practice develops a meditative awareness of the mind/body connection and he hopes to help others explore this intensely physical practice and lead healthier, happier, and holier lives.
Shonda found her way to the mat after her trainer suggested she try yoga due to tight hamstrings. She went to Birmingham Yoga in 2014 and was introduced to Ashtanga yoga. She fell in love with it through modifications until she was able to do the full posture. She became consistent with it and attended Mysore classes to deepen her practice. In July 2019, she completed her 200 hour-training with Vulcan Yoga Teacher Training. She has a certification in Prenatal Yoga.
Shonda focuses on Vin-Yin, Restorative and anyplace she can add a prop. She wants her students to know that yoga isn’t about being perfect but progressing to your body’s potential. Always remember yoga is an ongoing journey, it doesn’t end. You learn more about yourself and body with each practice.