I came to Essential Bodywork after a brain injury I received from a motorcycle accident in August 2015. My traumatic brain injury completely shut down the left side of my body. After the hospital and physical therapy I regained movement but I had balance issues they left me feeling off balance constantly. I could not walk down stairs without holding the handrail, and had significant difficulty on uneven surfaces. I found Stacie about 16 months post accident and after all physical therapy was complete. I was on my third session with Stacie when she said she was going to work more directly with my nervous system. She used gentle touch around my lower spine and neck, and I got up off the table amazed at how grounded I felt. I seriously felt like my feet were 10 times as large. That day I walked down stairs for the first time without aid of the handrail. this "grounded feeling" lasted a couple days. I started hyperbaric chamber treatment soon after. I am happy to report today I am leading a normal life. I am still conscious of the balance issue but it no longer slows me down. I feel it was Stacie’s Bowen therapy that started my full on recovery after conventional doctors did all they could do.
I came to know Stacie when during chemotherapy I developed muscle spasms in my shoulder. I sought out physical therapy and a chiropractor but was also looking for massage therapy and was referred to Stacie. Not the typical massage therapy (but better let Stacie explain all that), Stacie’s approach to my pain and discomfort took a holistic, whole body approach. Our focus of treatment can vary and I am feeling more relief from the joint stiffness (as well as post-surgery discomfort) that I’ve been dealing with after cancer treatment.
I am a 37 year old active male. I am routinely engaged in some form of physical activity such as golfing, tennis, basketball, walking/hiking, racquetball; and have a history of putting significant wear and tear on my body. Traditionally, I have sought various physical therapy and deep tissue massage treatment, ice baths, sauna, etc; but recently have found their efficacy waning. I first visited Stacie, on the recommendation from a friend, for recurring pelvic and sciatic pain. Subsequently, I've also returned for shoulder, elbow tendinitis, and knee issues.
This fascial work creates the opportunity for your body and limbs to release in a way that almost feels completely weightless, a significant break from basic massage that most folks are accustomed to. The healing and release of muscular and joint pain is an amazing result.
Stacie provides an environment and assuaging demeanor that allows for the methodologies to be extraordinarily effective and lasting while mitigating recurring flare-ups. I'm extremely grateful for the work that she has done with me and would enthusiastically encourage folks with similar ailments to give it a try.
Stacie Edwards has a refreshing approach to healing the body. I went to see Stacie because I was experiencing pain in my shoulder. She spent more time working on my hips and legs because, as I learned, it is all connected. Stacie works on the whole person, not just the problem area. Not only did she help my shoulder problem, but soon after seeing Stacie I climbed Mount Adams and my entire body handled the stress of mountain climbing very well. I recommend seeing Stacie, not just when you have pain, but also as part of your regular wellness plan.
Stacie has been a miracle worker for me. I've suffered with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for years, but it was actually a knee injury that first brought me to Stacie's office. I had never heard of Tensegrity Medicine prior to meeting Stacie and had no idea what to expect when I arrived for my first visit. The concept of treating the body as a whole, instead of just the specific area of pain, was something none of my previous (more "traditional") doctors seemed concerned with. Where a physical therapist had only worked on improving the mobility of my injured knee, Stacie instead worked on bringing balance to my body. She worked on improving range of motion in my knee, but also helped release the tension my opposite leg had developed from compensating for my injury. In addition, working with a physical therapist had been so painful that I was hardly able to work. I'm a dance instructor, so I was already struggling to keep working through an injury, but the pain after physical therapy was unbearable. In contrast, Stacie never caused any increase in pain. After each session, my pain was significantly lessened and range of motion was improved.
Stacie has a very calming quality about her. She always seems to know exactly what to say to help me stay present and focused on what's happening physically during our sessions. She may not be a counselor, but I always notice a boost in my mental health after an appointment. Even on days when my mind is racing at the start of a session, I end up leaving feeling refreshed, relaxed, and centered. I've been seeing Stacie for about five months now. I've had improved sleep quality, more energy, and considerably less pain on a daily basis. My mental health issues - mainly anxiety and depression - have been much more manageable as well. I'm learning to listen to my body and what it needs. Thank you, Stacie, for giving me a new outlook on life!
I am an older woman and within the last 3 years I have been rear-ended in my car twice. My neck and shoulders have suffered from whiplash each time. I started seeing Stacie after several months of treatment with regular massage. Stacie has an amazing knowledge of the human body and gives an incredible massage. Actually it’s more than just a massage and more relaxing than injury treatment. My improvement after each session is amazing. Stacie has facilitated my recovery, is very professional and, able to adapt to my needs. I highly recommend Stacie Edwards to treat you and make your body the best it can be.
Over the years I have had four back surgeries, the last one was a low back fusion. In the past two years I’ve also had a hip and shoulder problem. In that time I sought treatment through massage and acupuncture until a year ago when I stopped those and started treatment with Stacie. Stacie helped my body to be more flexible and with less pain in my back, but also in my legs. My hip and shoulder have also improved. Sleeping at night has also become more comfortable for me now that it has been in years. Thank you Stacie.
I first met Stacie through a class I taught while she was in massage school. I could see that she obviously knew the human body well. Upon further conversation, I learned she had a background in Bowenwork®. I was instantly curious. This work intrigued me, and I watched quietly from the side-lines as she grew, graduated, and started her practice. Admittedly I went to see her to learn more about Bowen and Tensegrity Medicine™, but to also see if she could help me too. I suffered a back injury in 2006 that resulted in surgery three years later, and have never felt "right" since. I am repeatedly told by specialists that I am "dysfunctional but within normal ranges" and because of this, "there is not much to be done to restore you to previous function". What I experienced in my first session with Stacie was truly amazing. My gait changed and the pull in my hips was no longer there. In the sessions that followed, I learned to sense and feel my body through the fascial system. Through movement I learned to notice old patterns that had been created from previous injury, but also how they were beginning to change with this work.
Stacie has not only helped me, but has also opened my eyes to a whole new way of practicing massage. She is smart, intuitive, and focused on improving people's lives and that is exactly what she is doing for me. I have a second chance at getting my body back before I turn 50 and am excited at the challenge to be better than "within normal range of function". Thank you Stacie!