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Gina Armstrong LMT #2572, CST

Understanding the connection between body, mind, and spirit is key to healing and well-being. This is something Gina Armstrong firmly believes, and it is what she bases her practice of massage and sound therapy on. Gina helps co-create a safe haven with her clients in order for them to heal and empower themselves on the pathway of quality health. As a 2002 graduate of the Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy, Gina is board certified, state-licensed, and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Gina’s unique style of massage is guided entirely by the needs of the individual and incorporates Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy (NMT), John Barne’s MFR, and Myoskeletal alignment. Her technique is also influenced with an infusion of Peter Hess® Sound Massage and Fabian Maman’s Sound, Color, and Movement Modality; Tama-Do Gina's clients come from every walk of life: athletes, executives, acute and chronic pain sufferers, and even babies. Her aim is to first provide them with pain relief and then set them on a course of self-healing. She hopes you can join her on this journey toward a better life built on the solid foundation that exists in the harmony of mind, body, and spirit!


As the owner and operator of Therapeutic Massage Works, LLC since 2002 and Balance on Buffalo LLC since 2009, Gina offers, along with her team of highly trained therapists, the very best in massage therapy, yoga, classes, and workshops.

 


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Heather Muszynski LMT #12875, RYT

Heather is passionate about commitment to health and wellness practices as a way to transform circumstances and thrive through life. She works to create and hold a safe space and experience for clients to heal and grow through their own personal journeys. She began practicing Yoga prior to massage school and desired a fit connecting the two in one place because of the profound health and healing benefits that each can facilitate. She is a 2014 graduate of Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Body Work. She became a Certified Yoga Teacher through Wild Abundant Life in August of 2015. She completed her Reiki Master certification through Balance on Buffalo earlier this year and credits her own Reiki self-care sessions for profound positive shifts and healing in her own life. Her intention is to offer and share these practices and tools to help others move forward through life experiences with greater awareness, happiness, and lightness. She works to focus and create community and connections, so that others know and feel connected to something positive as well as knowing we are all a part of each others experience. Her favorite connection is being able to observe and be a part of the experiences of others in their own health and healing transformations. Reiki and Hot Stone sessions are her favorite sessions to give as they have been a way for her to deepen her healing creativity and connect and share something with others that is bigger then herself.

 

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Wendi Franz, LMT #12847

When the body experiences stress, injury, and overuse it creates a chain reaction of unbalance. Regular massage will help you to stay mobile, pain free, and to a life full of activities. I have a acquired a knowledgeable background and the ability to work on specific areas of the body and achieve results. My goal is to give you the tools to both prevent injuries and also aid in your own healing journey. I have been practicing massage full-time in both a clinical and spa setting since graduating from Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy and Bodywork in 2003. My background is in manufacturing so I am well versed in the challenges that repetitive movements have on the body. I enjoy an active lifestyle that involves anything outside, running, biking, and martial arts. My families new passion has been Cross Fit. Though I have many different modalities of training, I specialize and enjoy doing specific work like Trigger Point, NMT, and Cupping. Every session is customized to fit the needs of each individual; anything from 60min of relaxation to 2 hrs of just neck and shoulders. My focus is on helping you achieve your goals.






 

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Jodie Lauson, LMT #4541

Jodie has been a state licensed and board certified massage therapist since 2007. During this time she has worked at the world class 5 star Kohler Waters Spa.

Jodie is dedicated to giving and serving her clients graciously with her personalized 5 star treatment. Her mission is to educate clients on the benefits of massage and self care techniques while bringing them a sense of comfort, clarity and relaxation. Jodie specializes in relaxation massage which encourages de-stressing and loosening up the body. 

When you have had a hard work week or feel like treating yourself to some TLC, a relaxation massage is exactly what you need. Relaxation massage consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. Relaxation massage also can include, aromatherapy and therapeutic modalities. You will leave your session with Jodie feeling invigorated and refreshed.

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Kathy Olson CRYT

I have been practicing yoga regularly for over 7 years, becoming certified as a 200 hour (RYT) through the Yoga Alliance in 2016. The practice of yoga is the “vitamin pill” that grounds my life, energizes my body, and improves every aspect of life. I am passionate about sharing the transformative benefits of yoga with students.

My personal yoga philosophy is grounded in service to the student. My goal is to create a calm, welcoming environment where students feel free to express themselves without judgement. Each class follows an intelligent yoga sequence that enhances flexibility, balance, strength, and relaxation. By incorporating breath and movement we relax the mind bringing us to a more peaceful state enhancing our overall well-being.

Through the practice of yoga, we find our edge, learn to soften our expectations, and make room for growth. I hope to inspire and guide students as they take the lessons learned on their mat and weave them into a life lived more fully in the present moment with contentment and happiness.

When not practicing yoga, you can find me in my flower garden, hiking and biking the trails of Wisconsin and beyond or enjoying a good book.

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Gineen Magiera CRYT

Singer, Sailor, Seeker, Spry. Lover of all things water. Her first love and life journey began as a classical singer and a seeker of a fulfilling life and love. Gineen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from the SUNY (State University of New York) at Fredonia. While singing professionally, she earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has been practicing for 21 years. She currently practices speech pathology at Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. In December 2016, she completed her RYT-200 at Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, New York. She also holds certification as a Health and Wellness Coach (CHC) from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I truly believe that moving to Manitowoc was a divine manifestation. After 60 years of seeking, I finally followed my heart and was led to this wonderful community I now call home. I am forever indebted and grateful to Shakti Yoga, Angela Caplan, Jackie McCausland, Ruth Ann Polito, Dr, Sonam Targee, Bill Mahoney, and Ellen Saltenstall, for their loving assistance, gentle guidance and insightful instruction. As I begin a new practice as a yoga instructor here at Balance on Buffalo, I wish to thank Gina Armstrong for allowing me to join this wonderful group of inspiring, loving women. I endeavor to bring compassion, fun, love and light to my yogic instruction. Commit to yourselves, learn to love yourselves without judgment, and allow me to be your “guide on the side” on our journey together for a higher physical and spiritual awareness. Namaste and peace to you all.” Dalai Lama
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Niccole Muhowski RYT, RD

Niccole was first exposed to yoga in college and began to practice regularly in 2011. Niccole has had three knee surgeries and a shattered ankle and has felt her body realign by doing yoga. In 2015 she completed her 200 your Teacher Training Program through Wild Abundant Life.
Niccole has learned to balance her life, improve her physical health, and incorporate the principles of yoga into all that she does.  These life guides help Niccole to live a life of bliss and help her balance what would be consider strengths and weaknesses in life. Through these principles Niccole has been able to be more accepting and less judgmental about herself, her body and other people in her life.Using the four most basic alignments, Niccole is able to teach to beginners as well as advanced students. It is her goal to ensure beginners feel good and knowledgeable in any of the classes they attend with her.
Niccole is a practicing social worker. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, cooking and especially her role as a wife and step-mother. Yoga helps her do all of these things in the healthiest way possible.  
Niccole is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

   

 

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Ariane Gundersoni RYT

I have been instructing yoga for 3 years now and it has become one of my biggest passions in life. I love my beautiful home state Wisconsin, my parents and my great friends. I recently have moved to a small lake house in Manitowoc County to attend school. I am excited to share my little yoga practice with you.

My teaching style is therapeutic and hatha influenced. I shine brightest teaching a slow, gentle yoga practice. One of my goals is to help guide you to a clear and quiet mind. I teach about living in the present moment, and how to let go of time stress. We start class by easing mental stress; letting go of thoughts, worries, judgement, self hate and tension using breathing exercises and guided meditation. My asana practice is for all levels, I will show you how to perform each pose softer or at a deeper level. We move slowly and mindfully into poses, with an eye towards alignment. Keeping your body safe in poses is very important to me!
​At the beginning of class I also like to ask for requests (shoulder pain, tight hips, sore calves, etc.), so you can get personalized poses weeved into class to help serve your body and how it is feeling that day. Poses are always demonstrated and modifications are given in heavy doses. I believe yoga is for everyone, so I hope to help you find what feels best in every pose.


I will do everything in my ability to serve you to the highest standards of yoga practice.



   
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Suzanne Zipperer Tai Chi

Suzanne Zipperer has studied Tai Chi Chuan since 2001 first with the Tai Chi Chuan Center of Milwaukee and then under Wesley Miller, Milwaukee. She is certified to teach. Tai Chi has different "forms" traced by lineage to the grand masters who developed them. Suzanne teaches the Yang style short form developed by Cheng Man Ch'ing for the Taiwanese military. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that yields surprising health benefits including muscle toning, skeletal alignment, and improved balance. It requires no special clothing or equipment and can be done by people with limited physical ability as well as the athletic. Suzanne has taught both beginners and those with previous training. Her teaching style is to provide the basic moves first and then refine the postures as the student grasps the subtleties of the form. As the student becomes stronger, she provides tips to enhance the physical benefits.Suzanne returned to her family farm near Manitowoc in April 2014 to operate a small organic farm specializing in produce and pastured chicken.


   

 

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Gary Dischler

Gary is a teacher, counselor, and healer. His background includes a degree in education and training in Psychosynthesis, an integrative healing technique to heal and balance our physical, mental,emotional and spiritual selves. A Reiki Master and intuitive counselor, Gary has studied many of the Ancient Cultures, their healing methods, and Spirituality. A native of Sauk County, Wisconsin, he has traveld to many of the world's Sacred Sites and has studied the Ageless Wisdom of Masters. He attends national and global conferences on spirituality, personal development, and growth of human consciousness. He continues to study with a group in Madison where he strives to learn, grow and evolve along with the rest of us. Gary is committed to doing his part on the Earth at this critical time by sharing his insights with people in private and group sessions, as well as teaching groups whenever he is called.