About Laura Rose Boyle

If you are someone who wishes to:
  • find inner peace amidst the chaos of life,
  • receive support in understanding the messages from your body,
  • be listened-to and cared for by a professional, compassionate and experienced practitioner,
  • create a healthy relationship with your body so that you can heal from injuries and live an active life, 
  • experience more vitality while living with chronic illness,
  • receive bodywork that is gentle, mindful, and soothing
                         ...then you have found the right person.

Hi, I am Laura Rose
 Boyle, LMT, and my passion is to create deeply transformational healing experiences through bodywork, massage, and energy work that ripple out into peoples lives. I have seen that when people slow down and listen to their body with the support of a compassionate, non-judgmental practitioner, and are offered opportunities to release tension and understand themselves on a deeper level, they experience inner peace and greater vitality. And I believe that this is what our world desperately needs right now. 

I was drawn to the world of the healing arts when I went through my own health crisis as a young adult shortly after graduating from art school and college. I was experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety, and was afraid of what was happening in my body. But through the wisdom and compassion I experienced from massage and energy work practitioners that I encountered, I started to understand what was happening and relaxed about it. I became more curious about my health, and I wanted to learn more about how to take care of myself and my loved ones.

I have been passionately practicing and refining the art of healing since 2000 when I attended the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics where I studied Swedish Massage, Polarity Therapy, Reflexology, Acupressureand ReflexologyAromatherapy, Herbology, Nutrition, and Holistic Healing.  Since completing that 750 hour training, my unquenchable desire to provide deeply transformational healing experiences led me to study many modalities and healing methods over the years, with over 1500 hours of continuing education since graduation... and I will never stop being a student! 

While in New Mexico, I studied the powerful and gentle work of Core Synchronism and Polarity Therapy with Robert Stevens, which transformed the way I touch and I discovered the name "Listening Touch" described what I was learning to do with my hands - not just feel and touch and respond, but to deeply listen and respond in a way that honors and doesn't force.  

After practicing for a couple years, I wanted to release some of the deeper tension held in the nervous system that seemed to be holding people's body's so tightly, which lead me to study Cranial Sacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute where I learned even more about the power of gentle touch to release tension and pain, relieve headaches, and facilitate healing on a deep level. 

Since I am a relatively small person, I wanted to learn how to leverage my body weight to get deeper pressure and so I created a "study abroad" program in Thailand where massage is integrated into every day life, as well as spiritual life, and learned Traditional Thai Massage with Asokananda and Pichest Boonthume. I also did a ten day silent meditation retreat where I started to understand the powerful connection to the mind and body. 

I have been a student of Yoga since 1998, and I have done a few teacher trainings in Hatha, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga. 

And after practicing bodywork for a few years, I started noticing my own pain and tension was increasing and I was introduced to the most nurturing, gentle and firm bodywork practice called Breema Bodywork, which transformed my relationship to life. The philosophy supports me to stay present, and honoring my body so that I can continue to do bodywork, hopefully into old age! 

I had the amazing opportunity to create a holistic program for women going through Breast Cancer treatment at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, with funding from the Susan G Komen Foundation. I have studied the art of Oncology Massage with incredibly generous teachers such as Gayle MacDonald, Isabel Adkins, and Tracy Walton. While working intensely with Breast Cancer survivors, I was seeing so many problems with the lymphatic system, so I completed the Norton School's Complete Decongestive Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage Certification program.

My desire to support people on an even deeper level drove me to continue to study meditation, and I have found Ann Weiser Cornell's teachings of Inner Relationship Focusing have been a powerful tool in helping my clients to listen, witness, and honor all the various parts of our selves, as well as body sensations, in order to experience more self love and inner peace. 

Many of my regular clients started getting pregnant, and I wanted more education so that I could keep them safe as well as be effective in relieving their pain and discomfort. So I took a Pre-Natal Massage Certification course with Kate Jordan, and her teachings of myofascial release and Strain Counter Strain has transformed my work with everyone that I work with since then, whether they are pregnant or not!

And I have loved working with pregnant women so much that I want to help women beyond pregnancy with post-partum suppport, and fertility and reproductive issues. And this led me to apprentice with Naomi Love, a Mayan Abdominal Massage practitioner who is teaching me how to weave
Wise Womb Massage with Taoist energy healing, shamanic journeying, and plant medicine  into the work that I do... it is so magical and powerful!

I also adventured into the subconscious world when I studied
Hakomi: Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy
in Boulder. This powerful way of being with people in an atmosphere of Loving-Kindness helped me to be able to read people's subtle body messages, and gave me tools to help me stay present even when intense emotion is surfacing. 

What will I study next? Well, I am actually teaching now, at the wonderful
Boulder Massage Therapy Institute where I learn every time I teach. I am also enjoying learning more about muscles with some clinical Neuromuscular Therapy, and look forward to deepening into the womb work with Naomi Love this summer. 

In my spare time, I spend as much time as I can in nature,
hiking, camping, dancing, singingand I love to travel with my husband and our two dogs.


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Did you know Laura Rose studied massage in Thailand, Yoga in India, and Meditation in Nepal? Check out the Touch around the Earth Blog too!

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