"I have been suffering from painful abdominal cramps during my periods for 8 years. I have tried different modalities, from homeopathic to Chinese medicine for years. After a few Maya Abdominal Massages, my periods are normal and pain free. Thank you, Barbara! Your treatment is really amazing! I can't thank you enough for getting rid of my fear to wait for pain every month." Yelena Foley
"Thank you Barbara for being such a beautiful spirit and healer on my path. You've made such a difference and continue to in so many ways that I can hardly express. Thank you for being such a blessing in my life." -Darlene R. Reed, PhD
"I received Maya Abdominal Massage from Barbara to seek relief from severe menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms. My gynecologist had told me several months before that I had two options for relieving bad cramps, which included taking several Advil a day (which is what I had been doing for years) or going on hormones. Both not being viable options, I decided to work with Barbara. After two MAM treatments, not only did she do the massage, but she spent lots of time educating me on uterine health, helpful dietary changes that could help, and teaching me the follow up self care I could do at home to support and nurture my reproductive system. The menstrual cycle following my treatment was not only pain-free, it was lighter and lasted two days shorter than usual. Overall, the two sessions with Barbara left me feeling more grounded and in balance with my body, which was very empowering." -Michele Eccelston, Garden Designer
"I love coming here! It is such a treat. I appreciate that Barbara asks if there are special concerns or areas of focus. The pressure is just right; her hands are wonderfully firm but gentle. The stones are warm and comforting. After my last visit and conversation with Barbara I felt she offered wonderful suggestions (a meditation exercise and a mix of essential oils) and I was very much cleansed energetically inside and out. I'd had a rough couple of months and this helped tremendously! Thank you Barbara for your genuine feeling of concern and support." -Jennifer Shulz, School Teacher
"Barbara, What a wonderful treat! Thank you for your kind and loving attention to my wellbeing. I am totally enamored with the LaStone treatment. You are truly gifted."-Francine, Real Estate Agent
"Barbara has many different modalities. Every time I go I try a different one. Last time I tried Chi Nei Tsang. I have a lot of digestive issues due to stress and she does a treatment that massages your belly. It is amazing. It was actually really relaxing and has been quite beneficial in aiding my digestion. I also highly recommend the raindrop therapy (combo with the hot stones and the essential oils). She rocks! Pardon the pun. Pros: Calm atmophere. She is grounded and offers many options." -Anna Spindler, UNICEF
"Hi Barbara, I just wanted to extend my deepest gratitude for your amazing gift! You really helped make my wife’s birthday the perfect event – and I’m sure, as a result, we will now be visiting Nurturance every time we visit Portland. Your gracious hospitality, extensive knowledge and boundless skill made it a day I know my wife and I will never forget!
"During the time Barbara has been my massage therapist, I have felt relieved from aches and pains of my body and nurtured by the kind, caring and professional manner in which she treats her clients. Her skills have healed both my body and my heart." -Daniel Ursic
"I AM SO GRATEFUL!! I had the first good night's sleep in three months! Two nights in a row now! No more awakening with killer colic pain at 3am! I had a deep sense of wellbeing that lasted for hours afterward (rare for me). You did a fantastic job -gentle, open-hearted, oh-so-smart. Please excuse the rave here but I am hopeful and getting re-centered in my body for the first time in ages, thanks to you" -Debra, ND
"I've seen some very interesting changes just since that first visit... For a while now if I tried to lay on my stomach it would hurt, a sharp pain in the middle up near my diaphragm. Anyway, it doesn't hurt anymore. Thank you so much for everything, looking forward to working with you further." - Terra
"Thanks to my receiving MAM, my monthly cycle is not the horror that it use to be. My periods use to be marked by extreme PMS and the pain was (once in my period) was so extreme that I would writhe on the floor for hours. The pain is not completely gone, but I can see a definite improvement in how my body handles the pain. It seems that my body and emotions have become calmer and more excepting of the process now." -Erin, student
"I felt good all weekend, I am sure the wonderful massage you gave me helped me to stay in alignment with myself both physically and spiritually over the weekend. I felt great after my Massage last week, my organs seemed much happier- Thank you!" - Heather Stoken, Yoga teacher, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master
This testimonial is for a SKYPE appointment. I was unable to give Seemeen the massage because we are on opposite sides of the world, but I was able to teach her the self-care Maya massage via Skype. "I am from Pakistan with no access to a mayan massage practitioner. Then I found nurturance! Barbara was a godsend. She is a cordial lady who is very customer centeric. She communicated with me regularly to resolve kinks for my prospective skype session. The session was valuable and a lot of Q&A was involved. She was receptive and patient and allowed me more time than 1 hour! I could feel her indiviual attention which is what a patient needs.She guided me step wise and was very homey. I just hope the (self-care) massage resolves my problem."- Seemeen Ejaz, Pakistan
Student Testimonials: "Hello Barbara, thank you for the beautiful class, it has touched me and given me insight in many unexpected ways! I have been talking to several people both in and out of professional body work letting them know the importance of self help and they have been truly curious about when the next class may be taking place. You and your energy are very wonderful and I am grateful it was you who presented the class along with assistance from Shelly." Meade Steadman, LMT, Massage Instructor
"Thank you for a lovely, informative week-end. I just tried the “flu-away” as I had quite a sore throat, and it went right away!"- Karin Westlen-Boyer, PT
"Thank you for a wonderful class. I can tell you put a ton of work into and I appreciate your efforts, knowledge, sense of humor, wonderful hands, and ability to put everyone at ease with this topic. I think there should be a version of this workshop for young women. I look forward to the next time you come to town." -Karen Wheeler, LMT
I have attended many courses for my profession and I have to say that the Self Care Training class was one of the most enjoyable and informative classes I have been to in a long time. Barbara is a fabulous presenter, teacher and has a wonderful sense of humor. She brought a lightness to the information that kept you engaged and I found that the time flew by!
Not only that but I am a client of Barbara's. She is an excellent practitioner, passionate and very knowledgeable about her work and I look forward continuing to work with her on my health issues. -Sarah Watson LMT
"Extremely helpful, informative, and life transforming"
"This class was truly a transforming experience. It helped me heal a lot of my unsolved feelings about my traumatic c-section and for the first time I can now say out loud that I've had a cesarean without being overwhelmed with shame and anxiety. It was such a blessing to hang out with Barbara and the other amazing women at the workshop, learning about the ATMAT self care and celebrating womanhood. This is a workshop I highly recommend to any woman, even if you don't want to go on and have the professional training. For me, it was an enlightening, empowering and amazing time doing the workshop. Thank you so much Barbara and Tiffany!"
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