First, my core values include love, playfulness, healing, connection, curiosity, and empathy. If you resonate with those, we are off to a great start.
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The Expected Life:
It’s been a journey! Personally, I didn’t know what I wanted from life. I was told to go to college, get a good job, and find a relationship. So, because that’s what was expected of me and modeled for me, that’s the road I started on. After being a “well-rounded” good student in high-school, I left for college, unsure, compliant, and determined to figure it out.
Divine intervention. A random encounter at a Tai-Chi class led me to “drop out of college” to attend massage school in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, I was immediately hired to do deep tissue and injury massage at a chiropractic office in Minnesota. Helping people through their physical pain after car accidents was great, but I realized it wasn’t enough for the people on my table. I felt my soul purpose was to help individuals in a deeper and longer-lasting way.
Emotional pain and distress prevented many individuals from having full physical healing. Obsessed with this realization, I started studying and reading about the body/mind connection; trauma and unreleased stressors are stored in the body and nervous system and can create dis-ease and/or prevent healing. I took training in (and became certified in + a certified presenter of) CranioSacral Therapy; a subtle type of bodywork that also works closely with emotion stored in the body.
Healing From Trauma
I went to see my chiropractor/ energy medicine practitioner for emotional distress and nightmares after leaving an emotionally abusive relationship. The homeopathic remedy he recommended restored my peace and calm and I started sleeping again. Deciding this was my next divinely-aligned path, I enrolled in the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy the next week and spent the next four years (while still doing massage, teaching massage therapy, and running an award-winning wellness center) going to school to become a Certified Classical Homeopath.
Finding Freedom for Myself and Others
I love homeopathy and bodywork, and find it invaluable for healing. I believe in “healer, heal thyself,” so I hire all kinds of health practitioners from medical to the esoteric (some would call it woo-woo.) I have found great practitioners I trust enough to refer my valuable clients to while also taking care of my personal health.
Even with all that (and much more) training, I felt my clients weren’t being empowered to help themselves. Then, I found Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping).
Well-why not be certified in that as well? After over 50 case studies, Tapping out of Trauma courses, and a year of mentorship, I am an Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner. Just to be thorough, I also became a certified EFT Relationship and Intimacy Coach. Finally, I am a Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Results Coach, and am Certified in Timeline Therapy.
The Touch Crisis + Relationships
“You should write a book on touch!” Those words were spoken over and over to me after I spoke at groups around the United States. You see, both the science and the soul of relationships, connection, and healthy touch feed my soul. I strongly believe people are motivated by a need to belong, to be loved, and to feel connected. Healthy, consensual touch is one piece of that human need. I went to Europe and wrote The Touch Crisis: Navigating the Tricky Terrain of Bringing Healthy Touch Back to Our Culture.
I learned so much while (whilst for all my UK friends) on the road and created so many powerful relationships, I decided to continue.
Furthering Relationships on the Road
I am at my personal best and thus the best for you when I am on the road, even though I miss my Kitty Valentine A LOT. I drive an old Yukon around the country and camp and do one-on-one sessions from my vehicle. I meet people who help me be a better person. I run into clients and collaborators alike. I write my next book as I sit at picnic tables, on fallen trees, or in the grass. It’s a safe and nurturing space for everyone.
It sometimes comes with technology challenges, but hey – everyone’s phone and computer have glitches and connection problems, right? I also get to learn and understand more about individuals. About what makes them tick. About why they think, act, or believe what they do.
When I look at everyone’s actions with curiosity and think, how is this helping you survive and/ or belong, I am able to see not only the hurt, but the deep beauty of their soul, waiting to shine outward.
If you choose to work with me, this is what you get. Pure love, playfulness, compassion, empathy, and a dedication to help you reach whatever goal you want.
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Just My Bio:
Dawn Bennett, LMT, NCTMB, CST, NCTMB, NLP, TLT, CHt, Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP Results Coach, Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner, Relationship & Intimacy Coach, and Bodyworker has been working actively with massage and bodywork clients since 1997, homeopathic clients since 2007, and EFT clients since 2018. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations in each area that ensure she is compliant with current professional standards of ethics, continuing education, and client care. She has a variety of trauma training to ensure she is as trauma-informed as possible for those she works with.
Dawn has been a Nationally Certified massage therapist since graduating from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in December of 1997. She does a variety of massage and bodywork including deep tissue, visceral manipulation (abdominal massage), and sports massage. She has taken Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute, CranioSacral, and SomatoEmotional Release classes through the Upledger Institute. She completed the first two levels of Healing Touch training and the first level of Reiki. She also became a Repetitive Behavior Cellular Regression Practitioner in 2013. In 2015 she also became a PSYCH-K Facilitator. She is also a Certified Presenter through the Upledger Institute. She holds a degree in Classical Homeopathy from the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minnesota. She is an Accredited EFT Practitioner through EFT International and specializes in relationships. She holds an EFT Relationship & Intimacy Coaching Certification. She is also the best-selling author of The Touch Crisis.
In addition, Dawn worked for over ten years as an instructor teaching massage + alternative and complementary medicine courses at Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical in Red Wing. Dawn completed her bachelor’s degree in Business and Complementary Medicine in 2009 from Metro State University in Minneapolis in. Furthermore, she graduated from the Northwestern Academy of Classical Homeopathy in 2009.
Dawn utilizes her wide variety of tools to help people of all ages who suffer from a variety of physical and emotional discomforts. Finally, she travels throughout the United States speaking about complementary medicine and empowering people with options for their own health and healing.