LAURA ALDAINE

My therapeutic interest lies in releasing traumatic emotions, attachment, and experiences stored in the body, helping committed and professional creatives find sustainability in their work, and cultivating comfort with and curiosity toward the spiritual aspect of experience. To accomplish this work, I use many techniques. My most basic tools, used in all sessions, include: 

  • deep tissue
  • shiatsu & acupressure massage
  • myofascial release
  • craniosacral technique 

Bodywork as a profession requires training and education in anatomy, physiology, pathology, human nature, and the conscious experience - and the application of those knowledges in real time. When I lay my hands on a client, my touch is backed by thousands of treatment hours as a licensed healing professional, ongoing study with master therapists of various disciplines, two years of anatomy and pathology training, a degree in thoughtful communication from Boston University, a decade of related experience in movement and yoga, and a lifelong, meditation-based internal inquiry practice.  

Gratefully, my body of knowledge and depth of skill expands further each time I work a session. Each day, in attending to my pursuit of understanding human experience and healing, my capacity to help and hold space grows.

My work is slow and progressive: depth builds session over session as your body comes to trust my touch, and I come to know your body. To honor the body’s process, my work focuses on precision rather than force to provide touch that feels like healing. I prefer to work longer sessions - two hours or more - to encourage more complete engagement with the mind-body connection.

All my sessions begin and end with mindfulness or meditation moments. Mindfulness allows us to cultivate a relationship with solitude and simple observation. It teaches us to be our own guide. Meditation shows practitioners (1) the power of their mental faculties and (2) the greater clarity and focus available in everyday life when practitioners use their mental and physical faculties in concert rather than viewing them individually. Meditation also gives us the great resource of internal inquiry and response.

In our work together, I hold a space of compassion and patience for you to explore your being and let go of what does not serve you. As such, I encourage you to communicate during any given session as much or as little as is comfortable. In this regard, I follow your lead.

When I'm not supporting clients at Ritual, I'm napping with my cats, practicing or teaching yoga and meditation, studying philosophy, or writing. I'm on Instagram. My WA license number: MA 60635324

 

"The real purpose of giving massage is to foster more depth of feeling for one another in order to bring out the love that often lies buried beneath the pain of everyday suffering." - Robert Calvert