Massage, Somatics, & Energy Work
by Cole Cottin, Kel Fisher, and Molly Milligan
Somatics is a field within the bodywork and movement professions that emphasizes healing through internal physical perception and experience. Somatic practitioners facilitate awareness-based embodiment processes for clients, through a blend of touch, breathwork, movement, sound, and dialogue. A major goal of somatics is to bridge the mind-body divide, facilitating deeper neural connections and amplifying the innate healing potential of the body and being. Life moving towards life.
An Esalen Massage is an inward journey rather than purely a therapeutic treatment. Through long strokes, a slow pace, and pauses, you are invited to return to your natural state of balance and alignment. Transformation occurs not through deep-tissue work but rather through an active participation between giver and receiver. As your practitioner’s hands direct your attention, this awareness evokes relaxation and change. Then your practitioner can apply deeper, more specific work as needed. The massage developed here at the hot springs recognizes that the body releases into pleasurable sensation. The body and mind are one.
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
Chelation Therapy clears your energy field by removing auric debris. Chelation also fills the human aura up with energy, as in blowing up a balloon, and generally balances it. This is done by running energy into the body in steps starting at the feet and creates balance and health in the whole system. Energy is run in the most natural way by starting at the feet because energy is run normally drawn up from the earth through the first chakra and the two chakras at the bottom of the feet. These earth energies are always needed in healing the physical body because they are of lower physical vibrations. Thus, the practitioner is the channel of the Universal Energy Field and is pouring energy into a depleted system in the most natural way it goes. This way, the energy body takes in the energy and carries it to where it is needed. Your energy system will take the energy and automatically move it to the area in the body where it is needed.
The process of healing through Chelation Therapy both rebalances, recharges, and restructures your energy field and can help you connect with yourself and understand and begin to transmute what caused potential energy blocks within your energy field, perhaps due to a psychological or physical issue(s) from your past.
During the session, the practitioner will begin at your feet until your general energy field is cleared and balanced. Energy flowing from this position activates the whole field, and as the practitioner moves up the body, your aura will continue to clear.
One session takes about 1 hour to complete.
Cole Cottin, CHSIP
Cole Cottin is a Somatics Practitioner committed to accompanying clients on the journey of embodied transformation.
Through a process of authentic connection and reflection, Cole supports clients to:
- Access deep resources within the body
- Unwind limiting patterns and
- Shapeshift towards reaching their highest intentions and goals in life.
Cole's practice weaves together thousands of hours of training in the fields of Holistic Structural Integration, CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, and MindBody Coaching.
Sessions may include any combination of:
- Touch* -- to bring awareness and facilitate change [*touch is ALWAYS optional*]
- Breathwork -- to create space and move energy
- Movement -- to unwind and integrate what is shifting
- Mind-body Dialogue -- to deepen the client's experience
Session goals are guided by clients' stated intentions, as well as Cole's anchoring intention to work with the whole person: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic.
Cole's somatic offerings center mindful engagement with the body through the incredible ecological matrix of connective tissue that is our container in this life: "fascia," an organ of both form and consciousness. This singular, multi-layered fabric begins with the skin and literally touches everything within us. It holds tremendous potential to facilitate embodied change.
Cole strives to embody a high degree of integrity, carrying a culture of deep inclusivity, safety, consent, acceptance, and presence. They are enlivened by work with folks of all different shapes, orientations, and backgrounds - including but not limited to the various life stages of pregnancy, postpartum, infancy, childhood, adulthood, aging, and end of life.
Kel Fisher, LMT
Kel offers craniosacral therapy and Esalen Massage. Her work is intuitive, relaxing and restorative. Completing her initial massage training in the Sonoran desert in 2009, she journeyed to Big Sur, CA where she furthered her studies of healing arts for six years at Esalen Institute before landing her roots in pacific northwest soil. Her work is dedicated to the wellness of the minds, bodies and spirits of her clients. Kel is interested in how processes of healing can be integrated into everyday well being leading towards an integrated experience of self. Kel believes in the body’s natural and innate ability to heal itself and that belief is fundamental to her work.
Esalen Massage: Founded on the coastline of Big Sur, California, Esalen massage integrates the sensations of the ocean into this flowing and intuitively lead massage. With deep listening and compassionate touch, Kel guides your healing process as simply as the ocean shapes the shore. Using long flowing strokes, gentle rocking and soothing stretches, you’ll have the opportunity to relax deeply into the awareness of your body.
In addition, Kel utilizes deep tissue techniques on areas of your body at your request. By deeply witnessing specific and habitual places of holding within the connective tissue, new opportunities for healthy tissue and blood flow emerge.
Craniosacral Therapy: Utilizing a gentle evaluation practice, Kel attunes to the rhythms of your body. By attending to the craniosacral rhythm, breath and circulation, she is able to listen to what is happening physiologically and energetically to discover tension patterns and imbalances. This process on the most simple level can bring about a relaxing state of mind similar to mediation. Craniosacral therapy can be utilized as preventative care to increase resistance to disease, as well as helping ease pain and stress.
Kel can weave both these modalities into one session or offer them independently.
Molly Milligan, CRM, CCT
Molly has spent the last four years studying Reiki (certified Reiki Master) and other holistic healing modalities such as working with the Human Energy Field based off of the teachings of Barbara Brennan, chelation therapy and CCT with healer, teacher and earth mama Kathy Forest, as well as facets of Shamanism (Foundation for Shamanic Studies). This lead her to take the plunge into establishing her own practice as a certified Reiki instructor in beautiful Downtown Lawrence, KS. In addition to offering traditional Reiki healing, she looks forward to offering additional holistic healing options such as meditation and dreamwork, classes, and collaborations with fellow holistic practitioners in the near future. She is currently pursuing a two-year intensive to become a certified herbalist through North Star Herbal Studies.
In her healing practice, Molly enjoys providing the space and opportunity for her clients to connect with and remember their higher/divine self through the breath and being present with and for themselves during their healing session. She believes that this connection is a tool they can then take with them to use whenever needed. One of her goals with her practice is to support and empower the client into alignment toward healing by transforming their energy and their consciousness and learning to live from a place that is inherently more whole, joyful and fulfilling. She believes - to quote her favorite poet, Rumi: “The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”
Throughout her journey Molly says an important lesson in her healing journey has been learning how to listen: “Sometimes, we just need to be seen and heard. I enjoy helping others find help and giving them a sense of helping themselves- teaching empowerment on some level. The ultimate goal is self-empowerment and self-love. I am just a tool to that purpose”.
In her personal time Molly loves spending time with her teenage daughter, connecting with Mother Nature, practicing yoga, Pilates and the art of dance, playing the piano, creating in general, sticking her nose in a good book, the never-ending journey of learning and exploring, laughing and spending time with dear friends and family.
Molly is so grateful to be practicing what she loves to do as her profession.