Meet the Healing Elements and Wellness Team

Meet the amazing people who bring it all together here at Healing Elements & Wellness, including our Yoga instructors and massage therapists.

Meet the amazing people at Healing Elements & Wellness

Holding Us Together
Hands on Healers

Wellness Teachers

ADMINISTRATION

Madeline Harpell

Front Desk Lead / Photographer
I am dedicated to a life of healing and authentic connection. There is not much that I love more than quality time spent with myself and the people I am close with. The foundation of my wellness journey was laid through a spiritual upbringing, and developed deeply through classes on meditation and wellness in college. Through this, I now strive to live most alive — tapping into the spirit for my most aware, honest and loving being.

As someone who struggles with mental health, daily practices of wellness care are very important in supporting my experiences of living — living mindfully invites me into my present moment life. Being outside, whatever the weather, is something that makes me feel most alive. Because of the support Earth provides us, I am passionate about sustainability and protecting the planet. I am drawn to the spiritual sources that we have access to on Earth like crystals, oils, herbs, energy work, readers and healers, and feel called to swim in this ocean of knowledge that the spiritual community provides. As an interdisciplinary artist, my art-making practices are focused in photography, fashion, drawing, writing, and movement. I am overjoyed to be part of this strong community, to continually be supported and to support in this connected healing journey we are all on.

Scott Skoog

Wellness Associate
Scott is on an ever evolving quest of compassion, thankfulness and wellness. Many experiences have urged him to pursue a life surrounded by healthy recreation and lovely people. For the most part, in 2007 he was awakened to a much healthier lifestyle. After experiencing many years of poor sleep and gastrointestinal issues “You are what you eat” became a deep set motto. And with the surprise introduction to yoga at a Spanish camp, life was becoming more and more amazing.

In College, Scott pursued a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. A program that blew his mind as well as opened his eyes to holistic healing, modalities to help people with all types of ability sets, and more compassion for the human condition.

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The best lessons Scott learned in his college career were one, fail forward, learn from your mistakes and don't fear failure. We ultimately learn best from trial and error. And two, do beautiful things for yourself so that you become self-full and can be a beacon of love for the ones around you. A few self-full activities he enjoys are: singing circles, ecstatic dancing, swimming, trail running, long baths, games of all sorts, yoga, and chocolate! Scott is very excited to be working at Healing elements. Many of the things he loves are all in one place! He is excited to meet everyone who comes in and hopes to grow and learn with every interaction.

MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Morgan Thomas

Massage Therapist
Morgan is very passionate about helping the beings she works with to reawaken their own natural alchemical ability to transform and to experience balance body, mind, and soul. She integrates her training in Therapeutic Massage, Craniosacral, Breathwork, Reiki and Transformational Coaching to help guide these parts of self back into alignment and to help her clients remember their own inner capacity to experience healing and transformation. She honors compassion and loving kindness as the true healers and is most inspired by the human spirit`s ability to heal through love and the limitless potential that grows through the soil of transformation.

Modalities: Swedish/Relaxation, Deep Tissue/Trigger Point, Integrative, Craniosacral, Prenatal, Usui Reiki

Availability: Wednesday & Friday 11am-5pm

 

Ray Neil

Massage Therapist
Ray is from North Carolina and has a passion for helping people. As a graduate of CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, Ray is specially trained in therapeutic deep tissue massage, relaxation, and Thai massage. She also has training in birth doula work and prenatal massage. Ray has an intuitive touch, establishing a unique session for each person. She has learned the art of listening to the muscle tissue, helping to relieve pain and create overall balance in both body and mind. Ray believes in bodywork for all people because everyone deserves the space for healing and to feel good! Outside of bodywork, Ray enjoys being outdoors, exploring the Twin Cities she now calls home, and playing with her two cats Nini and Charlie.

Modalities: Swedish/Relaxation, Deep Tissue/Trigger Point, Integrative, Prenatal, Thai Infused, Hot Stone

Availability: Saturdays 12-5pm

Meagan Jarvi

Massage Therapist
Meagan graduated from the massage therapy program of Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2012. She lived and worked in Madison WI for 6 years but recently moved back to MN. Meagan likes to customize each massage to her clients’ needs with an integrative approach of Swedish massage mixed with deep tissue and trigger point modalities. Other modalities she specializes in include prenatal massage and hot stone massage.

Outside of her massage career, Meagan’s hobbies include playing the piano, painting, writing, and photography.

Modalities: Reiki, Trigger Point, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Integrated, Prenatal

Availability: Wednesday & Thursday 11:30am-5:30pm

Healing Elements Wellness Massage Therapist Maria Tordoff

Maria Tordoff

Massage Therapist
Maria is a healer who practices massage therapy to help decrease pain in soft tissue, build the client’s body awareness, and provide time for a client to relax and find respite from the busy day to day. Maria applies her knowledge of being a dancer and dance teacher to massage, where she views the whole body as a system rather than a collection of parts. She melts through soft tissue layer by layer in order to bring the body back to a healthier state with less tension and more ease of function. Maria practices Relaxation, Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping, Oncology Massage, and Reiki and can integrate the modalities in order to specialize with her client’s needs.

Maria holds her A.A.S in massage therapy from Northwestern Health Sciences and a BFA in modern dance and composition from UW Milwaukee.

When not doing bodywork, Maria enjoys reading all kinds of genres and journaling especially if given the chance to write outside.

Modalities: Swedish/Relaxation, Integrative, Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping, Oncology, Reiki

Availability: Friday 11:30am-5:30pm & Saturday 11am-5pm

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Rachel is an advocate for following your heart and empowering self-development through nature and the creative process. She holds a B.A. in Honors Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota where she began adopting alternative and comprehensive wellness at the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her practice includes integrative healing sessions for vibrational alignment and the art of self-healing. She offers classes in visualization and self-care education for conscious-community gatherings across the country and internationally. She is the creator at House of Heartland, an offering of support tools for self-care, workshops and integrative bodywork sessions. For more information on her practice, please visit houseofheartland.com Instagram/Facebook: @houseofheartland

Mary Sage Sennewald

Yoga Instructor / Massage Therapist
Mary Sage Sennewald is an advocate for empowerment, self-awareness, and collaboration. Through her co-creative livelihood as a life coach, yoga teacher, bodyworker, essential oils distributor, and birth doula, she strives to inspire friends to fill their lives with wellness. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the U of MN and has extensive education in healing modalities. Her classes, treatments and sessions are customized to support the individual needs and incorporate breath, alignment, guided relaxation and essential oils.

Classes: Restorative, Yoga Nidra

YOGA TEACHERS

Sara Sleeper

Studio Manager / Yoga Instructor
Sara’s yogic journey began nearly 15 years ago as she searched for alternative ways to combat mounting anxiety and insomnia. Having grown frustrated with traditional medical treatments, Sara pursued a holistic approach to her health, embracing a plant-based diet and a yoga practice.

After 9 years of dedicated practice and participation in her local yoga community, Sara took the opportunity to spend a year in Europe, where she studied yoga in Krakow, Poland under mentors Vinay Kumar Jesta & Syzmon Jaroslawski. Since then, Sara has received her E-RYT 200 teacher training, and is certified in Yin yoga. She spent 2 years studying with Christina Sell in the mountains of Colorado to earn her RYT 500, and continues to explore various lineages of yoga with the help of her mentors, Ali Certain and Christina Sell.

Sara will become a student of yoga therapy September 2020 offered through Innerpeace Yoga Therapy.

Classes: Alignment Flow
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Jaime DeSmit

Yoga Instructor
Yoga and meditation have become a home base for me, a place of recalibration, of coming into myself. I invite you to experience this connection in the studio with me. I celebrate all bodies and encourage you to do what feels right for you today. I am trained in Vinyasa and have practiced many styles over 15 years and bring those into my classes.

I cultivate a deep connection to the earth through folk herbalism, organic farming and stints of living off-grid. I also practice Reiki here in the Twin Cities, create jewelry from mostly recycled materials and read a lot of psychology.

Classes: Vinyasa, Restorative Flow, Midday Move, Midday Meditate

Tacy Nielson

Yoga Instructor / Reiki Master
Tacy Nielson is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Massage Therapist, and Healer. Tacy completed her 200 hr TT in Costa Rica with Marianne Wells School of Yoga in 2014. She has also completed Yin and Yoga Nidra teacher trainings and her true passion lies in teaching these classes. Her spiritual journey has taken her down many amazing roads so far, and she continues to learn and grow, expanding her awareness by exploring many different areas of holistic healing. Through her classes and workshops Tacy encourages her students to connect to and unite their physical and energetic bodies. She aims to teach people that they have the power within them to self-heal. Tacy also offers Energy Healing Sessions and Cupping Therapy at Healing Elements. To learn more about Tacy and her offerings go to her website sapphirehealing108.com

Classes: Yin, Yinyasa

Marko Dewhurst

Yoga Instructor
Marko Dewhurst is a 200-hour trained Power Vinyasa teacher.  His yoga journey started when he was in elementary school and followed him all the way through his time at Hamline University. After taking on a more devout practice in college, he found a large piece of himself.  Yoga has taught him and continues to teach him that breath is the strongest life force–on and off the mat. Marko’s yoga teaching philosophy is based in showing love and gentleness towards one’s self.  Most importantly, instilling that this practice will help others transform into the greatest, strongest, most powerful versions of themselves–just like it continues to do for him.

Classes: Vinyasa

Madeline Summers

Yoga Instructor
Madeline Summers began practicing yoga as a teenager. She finds, within the yogic traditions, a pathway to never-ending learning and blossoming in community with others. She is fascinated by how the work we do on our yoga mats can influence our lives outside the studio.  Her journey has led her to pursue certifications in Vinyasa, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yin and Restorative. Outside of her yoga practice, she manages volunteers in a community kitchen.

Classes: Gentle Flow, Yinyasa

Alexandra Strong

Yoga Instructor
Alexandra Strong is a Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Wellness Coach, and Photographer. Her approach to all of her passions is intentional and authentic. Her deepest joy and purpose is to serve intuitively and creatively in a multitude of ways.

Alexandra discovered yoga when she was 20. She took a couple of classes with a friend but then (as it does) life happened and she didn’t pick it up again until 7 years later. She always knew yoga would be a part of her journey, but she didn’t realize when or just how powerful it would be. She started practicing yin yoga at a local studio in 2017 and very quickly fell in love. Through yoga practice, she learned to slow down, move inward, and connect with her higher self. A year into practicing, she found out that her studio was offering a training and she knew she had to answer that call. It was the best decision of her life!

Classes: Yin Yoga, Gentle Flow

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Through bodywork and yoga, Alexandra aims to create a safe and supportive space for students to establish a deeper connection with their body, mind, and spirit through mindful movement, breath, and healing touch. Although her professional passions are like a hobby for her, she also enjoys spending time with her 11 year old son and boston terrier mix pup. She loves being in nature, traveling, singing and listening to music, and connecting with like-minded souls. She is looking forward to connecting and sharing with the Healing Elements community.

Marina Povlitzki

Yoga Instructor
Marina first came to yoga in 2006, needing a low impact workout after a knee injury. It didn’t take long to discover that a yoga practice is so much more than just a “workout”. She was drawn to the feelings of calm and peacefulness that practicing yoga brought, as well as the vast amount information to learn about the history of yoga and it’s different traditions.

Marina loves being a student, and has completed two 200-hour trainings through CorePower in Hot Yoga and Vinyasa styles, and has been teaching yoga since 2011. She completed prenatal yoga and barre teacher trainings through Blooma, and the 340-hour program through Devanadi. Marina continues to study yoga and functional movement under Master Trainer Alexandria Crow.  She also enjoys studying energetics and herbal medicine.

Classes: Yoga Barre Bootcamp, Vinyasa

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Outside of the yoga studio, Marina is a practicing herbalist at Plant Magick. She loves helping people find a better sense of health, peace and balance through both herbal medicine and yoga. Marina is a former dancer and has coached the dance team at Mounds View High School for over 15 years. When she is not teaching, coaching or working with herbal clients, you can find her outside exploring, gardening and camping, or making a mess in the kitchen cooking and hand crafting eco-friendly herbal health, wellness + body care products.

Susan Helmbrecht

Yoga Instructor
Susan has been practicing yoga for 15 years and received teacher certification in 2013. Yoga has been instrumental in her resolving her back pain and racing mind. Her classes focus on awareness of present moment, relaxation, self-acceptance and reduction of pain. Susan is a nature and animal lover and uses her experience to send calm energy to homeless animals. She honors all teachers who came before her and looks forward to sharing her knowledge.

Classes: Gentle Flow

Jess Rometti

Yoga Instructor / Yoga Therapist
Jessica began practicing yoga in 2010 and completed her RYT-200 at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2013. Yoga, at first just a movement practice, became her path to healing after years of eating disorders and depression. A firm believer and witness to the healing powers of yoga, she is currently studying Yoga Therapy with Chase Bossart, Dolphi Wetergren and Kevin Kortan at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Jessica teaches with an emphasis on the individual experience, encouraging students to find expressive, unique movement paired with conscious breath. Jessica strives to lead a practice that is designed not just for the physical body but for the entire system, a practice that leaves students feeling closer to their true nature.

Classes: Gentle Flow

Jessica Jacovitch

Yoga Instructor
Jessica has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for the past 10 years, and a movement enthusiast all her life. Her first memories of yoga include following along to a VHS tape during childhood. Many years later, she returned to the practice out of curiosity for a new form of movement, which soon exposed an underlying desire for deeper connection. Over the years, she has come to know the transformative power of yoga in uncovering our innate resources of love & compassion. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016 at Big River Yoga in Minneapolis, and has since completed additional training in yin yoga, trauma sensitive yoga, thai adjustments, and somatic practices to support restorative postures.  Her teachings focus on cultivating curiosity and creativity, and are heavily influenced by her training as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Jessica welcomes everyone to the yoga mat and aims to provide asana teachings which are accessible to all bodies and walks of life.

Classes: Alignment Flow, Yin Yoga

Lo Childers

Yoga Instructor

Lauren (Lo) Childers found Yoga in college-while she was studying Health and Wellness Promotion-as a way to deal with stress, and stay active. That hobby turned into a regular at home practice as well as attending classes at some of MN’s finest & most fun studios. The desire to dive deeper into the “why” behind one’s practice, lead her through a 6 month Teacher Training journey where she became an RYT200 in December 2019. For Lo, Yoga makes her feel whole and complete. She aspires to provide her students with their feeling of wholeness within each class she teaches. Outside of teaching Yoga, Lo loves spending time outdoors in her hammock or out on her paddleboard. For more information on Lo, please visit: @wholewithlo on Instagram, Facebook and/or https://wholewithlo.wixsite.com/mysite

Classes: Gentle Flow

Lo Childers Yoga Teacher
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Erin Jorich

Yoga Instructor

Erin Jorich completed her first 200-Hour Teacher Training in 2009 after studying Dance and Sociology at the University of Minnesota. The practice of yoga created space for her to investigate physical movement without the pressure of a performance or
evaluation. With time Erin came to realize the deeper benefits of the practice and found it to be a necessary tool to manage anxiety and stress. With over a decade of teaching experience and 7000+ teaching hours, Erin has had a lot of time to experiment and develop her voice as a yoga teacher. In 2017 she completed her 500-Hour Teacher Training with Jason Crandell in San Francisco, CA. Her classes are strong in alignment and anatomy while emphasizing personal investigation and self compassion. She aims to hold space for all students who are open to what the practice of yoga has to offer.

When she’s not on her mat or in a yoga studio Erin can be found training for triathlons, reading, exploring the outdoors, baking, and volunteering with her pup, Wallace, who provides social-emotional support to vulnerable youth around the Twin Cities.

Classes: Vinyasa

Paula Lindemann

Yoga Instructor
My travels to India and Thailand inspire and influence my teaching style. I love sharing new techniques combined with the old. My focus is on alignment and breath to build strength and balance in our bodies and minds. I invite you to step outside of your comfort zone, have fun, and surprise yourself.

I received my 230 RYT through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and I am registered with Yoga Alliance, CPR/AED certified, BA in Theatre. Off the mat I enjoy acting, traveling, trekking and cycling.

Classes: Vinyasa

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Vaughn Powell

Yoga Instructor
Vaughn has been practicing yoga for years, but officially became enamored when she realized that her daily practice enhanced her self-awareness and ability to think clearly. She is interested in the connection between mind and body and how we can use the breath to strengthen parts of the brain that make us mindful and present in our physical form.

Vaughn believes that when you move with your breath, you are increasing your understanding of how your body responds to different stimuli. A regular yoga practice allows you to notice what is happening in your body and gain the tools you need to regulate those sensations. A study of and fascination with anatomy has helped her intelligently instruct and assist students as they practice as well as reinforce the bridge between mind and body awareness.

Vaughn’s personal practice is rooted in the traditional Ashtanga system where she has immersed herself in the power of the breath, body movement and detoxification within a set sequence of asanas (postures). Ashtanga ensures that she remains a student and continues to notice how her practice influences her teaching style and everyday life.

Classes: Vinyasa, Flow

Erin Anderson

Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing
From a very early age, Erin has been tuning in to energies most people either don’t notice or prefer to ignore (just ask her poor parents). She has spent the past few years developing her natural abilities as a clairvoyant reader and healer, training with gifted psychics and energy practitioners around the world.

Erin is passionate about using her skills and vision to help others access their own truth and create more of their one-of-a-kind magic. To this end, she offers intuitive aura readings, classes & workshops, and teaches meditation techniques for personal empowerment and transformation.

Rebecca Curland yoga teacher

Rebecca Curland

Yoga Instructor

Influenced by Classical yoga and Bhakti traditions, Rebecca guides heart-centered vinyasa classes with specific attention to alignment and subtle body awareness. Her classes infuse skillful sequencing and intelligent cueing with themes that illuminate and honor the core of the yoga teachings. 

Rebecca began studying yoga in 2008 and completed her initial 200-hour teacher training in 2011. Rebecca has continued her studies locally through the Himalayan Yoga Tradition and has traveled to study with a variety of master teachers including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Saul David Raye. She has made multiple pilgrimages to India to honor and experience the root culture and holy sites from which the practice of yoga has evolved. Rebecca draws on her experiences to channel authentic teachings while cultivating sacred space in which students are encouraged to access Self through the architecture of the postures and technology of the breath.

Classes: Vinyasa

Elizabeth

Tarot Reading
Elizabeth was born in a haunted house in rural pennsylvania that gave her a lifelong connection to the spirit world. She has developed her mediumship abilities at numerous haunted homes, paranormal investigations and haunted locations over the years and added tarot to the mix 15 years ago. She has worked professionally as a medium and tarot reader for over 10 years and believes helping others navigate the often uncomfortable and confusing world of spirit is her true vocation even though she still sometimes sleeps with the lights on.

Healing Elements Location

Studio Procedures:

  • All Staff are required to wear a mask, regardless of symptoms
  • All Staff will be required to complete a temperature check and health screening upon entering the workplace
  • Employees are asked to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • We have installed no-touch trash cans and soap dispensers and HEPA filter air purifiers
  • We have installed a germ guard between front desk and clients
  • We have downsized our community lounge area to encourage 6. ft of space between people
  • Hand sanitizer is widely available
  • Gloves available upon request
  • All surfaces will be routinely washed and cleaned with sanitizing antiviral disinfectants every hour and between clients

Client Protocols:

  • All Clients are required to wear a mask while in the studio, regardless of symptoms
  • Temperature check will be taken upon arrival into the studio with a no touch thermometer
  • Appointments must be made 24 hrs in advance and must be prepaid via credit card before entering the studio. We will collect payment during our confirmation call 1 day prior to appointment
  • Complete pre-appointment screening/waiver prior to entering the studio
  • Please wait to enter the studio until no sooner than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
  • Clients will be required to wash hands upon entering and before leaving the treatment room