by Martin Miron
Licensed massage therapist Denise Healy-Mason opened Balance Massage Studio in Delmar nearly 19 years ago and is now expanding her practice to include a healing arts studio with space for events, teaching opportunities and three additional treatment rooms. “I am excited to add a space where folks can come and learn and have fun!” shares Healy-Mason. “Plans for the first class, Awaken Your Senses, include guided meditation, vision boards, journaling and creating your own sacred space,”
A holiday Open House will be held on December 5, 2019 to benefit the “Street Soldiers” and celebrate the opening of the new healing space. Participants should bring a non-perishable food item to enjoy delicious food and special pricing on gift certificates. The Street Soldiers of Albany (Tinyurl.com/AlbanyStreetSoldiers) is a grassroots organization started by Rene Fahey three years ago that provides a weekly hot meal, clothing, personal hygiene items and basic support for those in need.
In 1999, Healy-Mason was a member of the first graduating class at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, in Albany, and opened Balance Massage Studio in 2001, where six therapists currently provide a wide variety of bodywork modalities. In addition to Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and hot stone therapy, they offer shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, ashiatsu Oriental bar therapy and CranioSacral Therapy. She notes, “Our entire Balance team is New York state licensed, and each practitioner holds certificates of completion in their areas of expertise.”
Healy-Mason is also focused on energy work, training with Joy Adler, a teacher with the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Arts, around 2005, earning certification in Psychology of the Body and Energy Diagnostics apprenticeships and completing teacher training in Energy Diagnostics in 2015. She incorporates crystals, essential oils, angel cards and crystal singing bowls into her shamanic energy work, having experienced a Shamanic Soul Retrieval class with Patricia White Buffalo in 2010.
“Awareness of our human energy consciousness system is critical for overall health and happiness. We’re constantly being bombarded by technology and the media, which gets us so wrapped up in what’s going on in the world around us. It affects us on an energetic level, whether we realize it or not,” says Healy-Mason. “We all have stresses like driving to work, dealing with frustrating coworkers, parenting and household chores that pull us in different directions. But we’re going through our days so fast that we’re not getting a chance to truly appreciate our lives, appreciate being on this Earth, appreciate the Earth itself. This drains our energy and takes the joy out of our lives. Energy workers and shamans help empower people in gaining balance and clarity in their lives. They help us learn to tune into the subtle energies going on around us and what energies we’re going to let affect us. Most importantly, they help to clear the energies that don’t serve us.”
She advises, “Cultivating an attitude of gratitude makes a radical difference. With everything going on in the world, we sometimes forget to be grateful. If we can slow down for a minute, we’ll see we have so much to be grateful for. Also, get in the habit of awakening your senses. Do things that enliven your sense of touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste. At least once a week, stand in the rain or under the clear night sky and just breathe. Close your eyes and delight in the different sounds and scents in your environment. Spend time doing tactile things like touching the bark on a tree or picking up some moss.”
Balance Massage and Healing Arts Studio is located at 316 Delaware Ave., Ste. 24-25, in Delmar. For appointments and more information, call 518-475-9999 or visit BalanceMassageStudio.com.