Nicole Keane

Nicole Keane, MS CMT BCTMB
My massage therapy practice is based in Alaska, serving the communities of Anchorage and Girdwood. I also have an office based in Portland, Oregon; Bend, Oregon; and occasionally Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

Thanks for doing the deep dive into my website!! Here is some specific info about how I've taken the deep dive into the study of whole body healing. It is my passion and my purpose in this life.  I am grateful to be able to help others heal, and have learned so much from my journey on the path to my physical and emotional healing, as well as the actual research and practicum study I have done over the past nearly 20 years. 

 

I have over 10,000 hours of training and clinical experience since 2002. Over the last 18 years my practice has grown into an integrative practice with Advanced Manual Therapy as the cornerstone, and nutrition and life coaching built off of that foundation.  I practice Advanced Manual Therapy techniques as taught by the Barral Institute, Chickly Institute, and techniques I have developed myself, including Visceral Manipulation and Neuromenengeal Manipulation, work in the deep brain nuclei, Toyohari style acupressue and meridian therapy, Reiki, energy work, emotional release, neuroendocrine balancing, myofascial release, and the application of the theories of structural integration (musculoskeletal) and the polyvagal system (neurobehavioral and neurophysiological). These techniques are very gentle and highly effective in initiating lasting and profound changes in the mind body system.  I have had the opportunity to successfully treat many conditions and alleviate symptoms associated with:

  • Sciatica

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Carpal Tunnel Pain

  • Hip pain

  • Frozen Shoulder/ Rotator Cuff Injuries

  • Low Back Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Knee Injuries / Knee Pain

  • Sacro-Illiac (SI) Joint Issues

  • Ligament Tension and Pain 

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Foot Pain 

  • Headaches

  • Tempral-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and Pain (TMJ) and Cranial Tension

  • Bladder Dysfunction, Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, and Issues Associated with Kidney Infection 

  • Endometriosis

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Intestinal Issues: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

  • Gastro-Intestinal Reflux Disease (GERD)​

  • Liver Dysfunction

  • Circulatory Issues

  • Detoxification

I specialize in myofascial release technique within the principles of Structural Integration and techniques developed by Jean Pierre Barral, DO PT.  I have trained extensively with the Barral Institute in Visceral Manipulation and Neuromenengeal (Neural) Manipulation (very similar to Cranio Sacral Therapy). I am also trained in Active Release Technique (ART), trigger point therapy, acupressure and meridian massage, swedish and deep tissue relaxation therapy, Thai massage, and prenatal and postnatal massage.  After taking one massage class in college and loving it, I received my massage therapy education at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, in Tucson, AZ (now Cortiva Desert Institute) in 2003. I then went on to pursue a desk and field work job by getting my first Masters degree in Environmental Law and worked for the State of Alaska in Ocean and Coastal Management and as an environmental scientist for private consulting firms for several years.  At 28 years old I went big and quit my job to start a career that would be more personally fulfilling.  I wanted work toward my goal of helping people find their innate ability to heal themselves. During my brief retirement and career change I took classes in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Theory at the Oriental Healing Arts Center, in Anchorage, AK. I started building the foundation for my dream, Gratitude Healing Arts, soon after, and have been working on that building ever since. 

I received a certificate in Prenatal, Postnatal, and Labor and Delivery massage in Colorado from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2012.  Since then I have focused my research on myofascial release and release of restrictions within the visceral and nervous systems.  I have studied extensively with the Barral Institute and grown leaps and bounds as a therapist from the amazing insights and clinical experience taught by Jean Pierre Barral, DO PT.  Through the Barral Institute, I study directly with Gail Wetzler, PT BI-D PhD and Ron Mariotti, ND BI-D.  These mentors have meant so much to my growth as a professional manual therapist and integrative health practitioner.   Through my work in the viscera and personal changes to my health, I have now started studying holistic nutrition and am working toward a second Masters degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which has just partnered with the National College of Naturopathic Medicine!  In 2004 , I nearly went to grad school to become an ND, but opted for Environmental Law instead....
"Though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea." - Led Zeppelin

 

For the past several years I have been researching the Poly Vagal Theory, as developed by Stephen Porges, PhD. This research has lead to advanced manual therapy techniques that I have developed for working with the autonomic nervous system.  The effects of this work on the body are subtle, but reach far into the complexity of the control centers of the body to enhance the ability of the body to achieve homeostasis and balance.  The body can and will heal itself under these conditions of balance. 

In my free time (what little there is)  I enjoy playing in the backcountry of Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon, paddleboarding, packrafting, hiking, biking, yoga, snowboarding, freestyle nordic skiing, fly fishing...photography, drawing, painting watercolors... I am definitely in tune with what it takes to give a therapeutic massage for an active lifestyle. 

My intention through all of my work is to facilitate and support individuals in realizing that they are the source of their own healing and well-being. No two massages that I give are ever the same; they are each specifically tailored to individual needs, and are a blend of all of the modalities that I have been trained in providing. 

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