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Jennifer Gillmor • Bodywork • Yoga

• Certified Yoga Teacher, YogaSpace, Toronto, ON, 2011

• Certified in Thai Yoga Massage by Thai Massage Toronto, ON, 2010.

• Soundwork Practitioner trained by Gary Diggins, Toronto Soundsource, 2009.

• Holistic Health Practitioner certified in Massage by Fiona Walker, founder and senior instructor, The Art of Conscious Touch, Denman Island, BC, 2008.

• Reiki Level 1, trained by Kathleen Mackay, 2003.
• Reiki Level 2, trained by Dany Lyne in 2011.

Professionally Insured by Preventative Heath Services.
Licensed by the City of Toronto, Ontario.


For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated and positively charged by my endeavours to channel healing energy through my hands to help relieve pain or stress in others and myself. It's been an empowering meditation and a rewarding act of love. I feel a curious and wonderful parallel between this and my lifetime of experience creating music with my hands to heal, to inspire, to calm, to unify.

As a long-time musician, I have spent many years augmenting my musical earnings with graphic, web design and audio work. There is much I enjoy in this creative work but I am a very physical person and it all has had me sitting in front a computer far too much of the time. Since the turn of the millenium, I met two women who had studied massage at a school called
The Art of Conscious Touch in British Columbia. I had a session with one of them and it was the most nurturing, healing, relaxing, multi-dimensional massage I'd ever had, totally in keeping with the philosophy of the school as she'd described to me. Her enthusiastic praise for Fiona Walker's teaching cinched the plan -- I had to experience this training for myself.

I began the 250-hour course on
Denman Island in July 2007. I spent an exhausting but rich and rewarding fortnight of 10-hour days in class learning hands-on technique and theory through the day and attending anatomy class at night. Fiona has studied a wide range of bodywork modalities over decades and her unique blend of all this technique and knowledge has, in turn, created an original style. Each session is adapted for the client's current needs as the practitioner senses and also gleans from informed questions as posed on a client intake form and in discussion. The client can emerge from a session feeling that they have been cared for on many levels -- physical, emotional and spiritual.

I spent the fall, winter and spring back in Toronto immersed in the study guide and booklist provided by the school. Under Fiola's guidance, I applied myself to an ongoing exploration of anatomy, technique and bodywork theories encompassing
traditional Swedish massage techniques, those of California's Esalen* school, the therapeutic application of sound and music, the Trager joint mobility and body reeducation approach and Qi Gong (the ancient Chinese art of the cultivation and manipulation of energy).

During this time I completed 28 documented massages for my practicum and had regular anatomy study sessions with a dancer who volunteered her body for our exploration. I enrolled in
Qigong classes at the Golden Harmony Kung Fu Dojo in Toronto.

In the summer of 2008, I returned to Denman for a final week of intensive study, learning more about anatomy, massage theory and technique, aromatherapy, reflexology, energy work, prenatal massage, chair massage, business practice and ethics.

I was certified in August 2008 by
The Art of Concious Touch, as a Holistic Massage Practitioner and am practicing all I've learned with great joy and satisfaction. Yet my enjoyment drives me to continue the study of bodywork, energy work, anatomy and pathology. It's a fascination that keeps my brain enthralled, my soul inspired and my heart full -- much like music!

I have since completed Levels 1 and 2 of
Gary Diggins' Soundwork program. I have also taken a workshop by Tom Myers in the study of Myofascial Meridians and acquired Reiki I certification from Reiki Master Kathleen MacKay and Reiki II with Dany Lyne.

I became a
certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner in December 2010 and am now a Senior Practitioner. Click here or on the link above to the new Thai Massage page with full details on this unique and effective modality.

May 2011 saw my certification as a
Yoga Instructor through YogaSpace, Toronto. Additionally, I have specialized training with Bibi Rahim-Hahn in teaching Flow, a slow, meditatitive style that is both physically strengthening and mentally soothing.
photo: Sandor Ajzenstat

Training:

* Certified Holistic Massage
* Thai Yoga Massage: Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4
* Yoga Teacher Training
* Reiki I & 2
* Soundwork: Levels 1 & 2
* Anatomy Trains Manual Therapy
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workshop taught by Tom Myers
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Qigong
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LGBT-friendly



* For a concise description of the
Esalen style of massage, click here.



Book by phone or email:
Toronto 416-899-3342
jen@harmonyhands.ca