Quenching you body and minds thirst for harmony
Harmonious Healing Touch has been a dream for over a decade.
My focus is to offer traditional and modern modalities of bodywork to promote health, balance and overall wellness. To create a place for you to be supported through therapeutic touch and to recieve personal guidance through practices that cultivate personal energy. Once your body relaxes, the mind quiets-creating inner peace. Harmony stems from unity and so together we unite with pure intentions and an open heart. As a therapist I have dedicated myself to the practical path of here and now and in this groundness, encourage and facilitate individual and universal growth. Devoted to the spiritual path that invites us all to see the essence of the world. Remembering life as a gift, choosing a benevolant path of loving kindness, honesty and compassion.
I am proud to have been voted The Best Massage Therapist in Chicago in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2008. Thank you so much to all of my wonderful clients that recommended me.Pay online with your Credit Card
Benefits of traditional Thai Massage.
Traditional Thai Massage, also known as Thai Yoga Therapy, is an ancient form of bodywork with diverse influences from yoga, ayurveda, Chinese medicine and indigenous healing practices. The Thais fondly call this form of bodywork “lazy man’s yoga.” Performed on a floor mat in comfortable clothes, Thai massage is a therapeutic "dance" incorporating rhythmic motion, stretching and pressure along energy lines to invoke emotional calming and deep relaxation. For more than 1,000 years, Thai massage has incorporated techniques similar to acupressure and trigger point, making it highly therapeutic.
A session typically begins with the client in savasana (lying on their back) as the therapist enters a brief meditative process to create sacred space. During the session, the client is encouraged to be passive and let the therapist guide them through a series of poses, which may include supine, side-lying, prone and seated variations. A skilled therapist is able to use thumbs, elbows, knees, hands and feet with equal dexterity, inducing muscular release and relaxation with ingenious combinations of stretching and pressure. Most clients find that Thai massage is both energizing and relaxing and often evokes a deep, trancelike state in which healing can occur.
Clients of all ages, physical condition and body type can benefit from Thai massage treatments. A properly trained therapist can adjust any Thai asana to the needs of the client, whether “flexible” or not. Yoga practitioners, athletes and other physically active individuals can enjoy Thai as an enhancement of their practice, while those struggling with stress or chronic pain might focus more on its profound therapeutic benefits. The myriad postures of Thai massage have a unique ability to bypass the mind and bring balance and harmony to the recipient.
I became interested in Massage Therapy when my mother was injured on the job in the early eighties. Since then I have always been the kind of person to do whatever I could to help people and encourage them to see the brighter side.
It wasn't until my mid-twenties where I realized I could utilize my gift and talents on a more effective level. I then moved back to Michigan and enrolled in an 800 hour program at Lakewood School of Massage Therapy.
Upon graduation I have studied a few modalities (listed but not limited to services page). Always in search of the ideal treatment I have been studying Thai Massage for the last few years here in Evanston with Chuck Duff. I will be planning a trip soon to submerge myself into the Thai's healing realm. For now I am continuing the learning and growing process and enrolled myself into a Yoga Teacher certification program so that I can take my Massage practice to another level. This, I believe will allow me to be a better Massage Therapist and help my clients have a better understanding of their bodies and kinesiology.
Being a massage therapist is a rewarding path so I am working on an outreach program...to touch those who could never afford bodywork and I want to work with persons who are terminally ill.
On a more personal note, I love the water, my dog, music and my friends. I travel to the Virgin Islands a couple times a year to relax and soak up the salt air and sun.
I believe in touch. I love what I do. It is a light in my life for which I will be forever grateful. Let me help you find the light within you.
"I am floating along as I write these words. I have good news for you if the daily grind of tic-toc living has taken its toll on your body, mind and spirit. Laurie has a gift that is beyond description. She pours so much unconditional love and focus into her harmonious healing touch! She has an intuitive sense of the body's need, a calming spirit and a lovely, light-hearted personality. The need to move, be touched and to breathe is as vital as our need for food. And yet we often overlook this truth. Laurie creates safe and sacred space for you to be fully in touch, in tune, and to get your special groove back on. So if you're looking for shallow rub-a-dub, move on! But if you're looking for deep and rejuevenating body work, you've found the oasis in the meta~physical desert."
June 26, 2008
"Laurie has a genuine intuitive gift. It's almost as if she feels my body's physical history through her hands, and they know just how to stretch and restore it. The fact that she's generous, kind and funny are a just a big bonus."
December 15, 2007
"No no no... Laurie THANK YOU. You are a GODDESS! I am still feeling incredible... my body feels better than it has in months. I don't know if, at any point in my life, a woman has been so emotionally and physically attentive and intuitive with me. I left feeling made love to... and really, in the most holistic sense of the word, that's the experience you gave me. Can't wait to come back.
Thank you, you lovely person,"
October 13, 2007
"Laurie is truly amazing. Her healing nature is incredibly intuitive. She is a happy, gracious, cool woman who is able to nurture the body, mind and soul. I never feel rushed, or that it I am simply a client. She makes you immediately feel like an honored guest. It is an oasis for my busy day to enter her home studio, with the great music, good smells, and cool vibe, and receive the most incredible massage I've ever experienced (and I've experienced many)."
February 12, 2006
"...if I've had 500 massages in my lifetime, yours ranks in the top 5. I feel great and will definitely be back many times!!! I'd like to come in at least once a month."
February 12, 2006
"I consider myself a bit of a massage connoisseur; I have received many excellent massages in my life, (including many from various craigslist posters) and Laurie's massages are amongst the very best I have ever received I recommend her highly; she's my new favorite therapist. She is strong, thorough, and gentle at the same time. And, she has a style that is uniquely her own."
February 12, 2006
"I have been studying, receiving, and teaching massage for many years in a number of countries around the world. Laurie's work, in my opinion, is both excellent and unusual. She combines a variety of techniques with great sensitivity to the individual and the circumstances of the moment."
August 4, 2005
"I just got the most amazing massage yesterday. It was from Laurie at harmonioushealingtouch.com. She specializes in thai massage and it worked wonders on me. I slept like a baby for the first time in weeks. I walked out of her place floating a inch above the ground. Shes also one of the coolest people Ive ever met. Very down to earth, great sense of humor, excellant taste in music...the list goes on. This woman is highly skilled in this style of massage and I am definately going back. If you want to skip a ton of mediocre masseuses and go straight to the kind...check her out. She's awesome."
Rhonda Goldstein M.S.S. CPCC
August 4, 2005
"Laurie's magical touch and soothing spirit adds to the amazing quality of her hands, energy and massage."
August 4, 2005
"Laurie d is committed to total wellness through her passion in body work. Having experienced many varieties of massage all over the world, i can honestly say that as far as i'm concerned there is no comparison to what laurie does for her clients anywhere else on the planet."
August 4, 2005
"Quick note to say thank you again for the WONDERFUL experience yesterday!!! My hip is absolutely pain free!! And I's still doing my "happy dance.!" You do have the healing touch - it was karma when the name came to you! So just in case anyone hasn't told you lately - you are a massage goddess!! Enjoy all the events of the weekend (and your massage!)"
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