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myofascial release is a technique that is used to eliminate pain and restore motion. during the release, the client will feel any- thing ranging from tingling, to burning to maybe even nothing at all, she explains. trotter often works with her eyes closed, which she says helps her better connect with her client and what that per- son’s body needs. after this process, trotter begins the massage. she encourages her clients to breathe

deeply. “it’s amazing how much eight to 10 deep

breaths will do,” she notes. after finishing the massage on the back-

side of the client, trotter asks the client to turn onto his or her back. When the cli- ents are on their backs, she asks them to put all their problems aside so they can gain the most out of their massage as pos- sible. sometimes, depending on what the cli- ent needs or asks for, she performs cran- iosacral massage, which involves the bones of the head, the spinal column, the sacrum and the underlying structures. lastly, she can also offer energy healing, which she says is another important aspect

of alternative healing. trotter says she believes every person

has an energy field outside of them that needs to be healthy and tended to, just like the inner body. “most people aren’t aware we have an

energy field because they can’t see it,” she says.

With a quartz crystal pendulum in hand, she stands above certain areas of the body to see how the energy responds. the pen- dulum’s reaction determines how she proceeds. trotter says that during every session,

she intends six things for her clients. she does not vocalize these things out loud but in her mind. she says she thinks of life as one grand

lesson. “everyday is a lesson and is taking us on our journey to home, wherever home is,” she says. “the hardest lessons are probably the most important in our spiritual journey home.” during her time in business, trotter said

four of her clients have become massage therapists themselves and one has become a certified healing touch coordinator.

in her spare time, trotter, who has two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchil- dren, enjoys canoeing, traveling, practicing tai chi and flower gardening. the sayings “variety is the spice of life,” and “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” describe her life, she says. trotter is a part of the minnesota

therapeutic massage network and the association of bodywork & massage professionals. she can be reached at 507- 451-2193.

“When half the world is giving massage and half the world is receiving massage, there will be peace.” — Anonymous

LaVonne Trotter closes her eyes and concentrates as she goes through cranio-sacral work. Cranio-sacral therapeutics returns rhythm to the central nervous system.

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