Name: Amanda Heintskill
Trained: Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy, located in Grafton WI (August 2010-2011)
Credentials: Licensed Massage Theraist and Body Work Therapist (LMT#11191-146)
College Degrees: Bachelors of Arts degrees in German and Humanistic Studies with an emphasis in Ancient and Medieval History from UW-Green Bay (May 2009)
Practice Philosophy: The "Onion" approach
My philosophy regarding my practice is what I have dubbed the "Onion" approach. The body has many layers - such as the skin, the fascia and the muscles - just like an onion. When I approach a massage session, I explain to my clients that I will start off with a lighter pressure (approximately 5 grams - or the weight of a nickel) to allow the body to get used to my touch. Once the body has gotten used to the weight of my touch, I will then begin to work a little deeper (i.e. peeling another layer of the "onion" away) and slowly increase the amount of pressure that I use to help release any tension or tightness in the muscle or area that I am working. My whole philosophy is by starting out with a lighter pressure during a session, and slowly working deeper actually achieves more in the long run, rather than use very deep pressure right away.
Why I do what I do:
I was first introduced to Reiki & Energy Work at age 8. Intrigued at the possibilities of what energy work could do— I expanded my knowledge to be trained in Cranial Sacral Therapies by the time I was 16 years old. I chose to experience the “traditional” college experience—and completed a double bachelor’s degree in German & Ancient/Medieval history in three years, graduating from UW-Green Bay in May of 2009. After experiencing health related issues in 2009 & early 2010, I had the proverbial “light bulb” moment when I realized that I needed to return to practicing Energy Work. That moment is whenI made the decision to go to school to become a Massage Therapist. I have experienced the benefits of massage, and wanted to be able to give back and help others the way massage has helped me.
I completed a year long program at Blue Sky School of Massage and graduated in August 2011. I am a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist whose main specialty is Reiki and Cranial Sacral Therapy. I also do relaxation massages and incorporate a wide variety of modalities during the sessions.
My goal is to help clients on their goals towards healing!
5 Fun facts about Amanda:
1.) I am named after Amanda Grayson—Spock’s mother—from the original series of “Star Trek” (so I'm a second generation Star Trek Fan!)
2.) I spent 6 weeks traveling and studying abroad in Germany during the summer of 2009.
3.) I have a wide variety of interests in Sports ranging from NFL football to Figure Skating.
4.) I have always loved the story of the mythological creature of the Phoenix, which is partially the inspiration behind naming the business after the Phoenix (UW-Green Bay and Harry Potter are a couple of the other reasons too!)
5.) I am a huge a “Lord of the Rings” fan, and my ideal vacation would be to New Zealand being able to go to the various filming locations throughout the North and South Isalnds of New Zealand (and catch a New Zealand All Blacks Rugby match too!)