bodymindspiritworks   LLC

Bodymindspiritworks is a place of sanctuary, of tranquility, of peace.
We are a place for seeking goodness, of truth, of beauty.
We are a place of healing, of deep learning, of transformation.
We are a place for seeking integrity and wholeness, of justice, of love.

Our mission is to live lives that are good, beautiful, and true,
lives that are integrated and whole,
lives that draw their energy from our hearts and souls,
lives that are supported and nourished by the environments we create around us.

Current LifeCourses & Workshops

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Bodymindspiritworks Integral LifeCare:
an intensive course to well-being, awareness & transformation
  • We work with you and your life.
  • We honor your unique experiences, understanding, and spiritual perspectives.
  • We work with all of you and your life context, all at the same time. Think of it as body. mind and spirit cross-training.
  • We help you get it all to work together:
    all the separate things you may be doing to find yourself again and come home to your life.
  • We help you help yourself to find meaning, to be happier, stronger, smarter, more capable of loving and helping others.

Bodymindspiritworks Integral LifeCare begins with sixteen sessions (a total of 20 one-on-one hours) of deep learning and self-discovery, including bodywork, mindwork and spiritwork; plus specific therapeutic work to address the areas "where it hurts." Integral means covering all the bases: body, mind, spirit and shadow in self, culture, family/social systems and the natural world. Click on the image for more information!

Come home to yourself.  Come home to your life.
Discover living for the sheer joy of pursuing
that which is good and beautiful and true.

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Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Bodymindspiritworks Integral Bodywork & Massage

Whether you're suffering from stress or overworked muscles, we have therapeutic techniques that will be effective in bring healing and relief. Bodymindspiritworks massage therapists Freda van den Broek, CMT and Thomas D'Alessio, CMT provide relaxation/therapeutic massage for couples and individuals. Treatment options include:

Trigger Point Therapy Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT/PNMT)
Swedish/general relaxation     Deep Tissue
Reflexology Craniosacral
Lymphatic Energy work (Reiki, Acupressure)
Heated Stone using Gemstones Cold Stone Therapy for headache & migraine
You can schedule massage therapy sessions of 60, 90 or 120 minutes in length, actual hands-on massage table time. We do not believe in the fifty-minute "hour." We do not use your table time for paperwork, consultation, undressing or re-dressing, so when you come for a Bodymindspiritworks massage, give yourself some extra time before after your appointment time!
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Also available:
     - Bodymindspiritworks Gift Certificates. Give the gift of well-being!
     - Couples Massage Workshop, work with your partner
        to learn effective massage techniques.

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Touch as Compassionate Care®

Touch that elevates compassion and care above therapeutic change, condition management or palliative, begins with an awareness of the therapist's own capacity for empathy and deep listening, continues with the practice of seeing the "client" not so much as client but as fellow traveler on a road that sometimes brings a great deal of suffering, depends on a willingness to reach out to that suffering in a way that brings comfort, and finally the practice of specific techniques that have compassion and comfort as primary intentions. The workshop will explore all of these in depth.

The workshop is structured around the terms of a "working definition" of Touch as Compassionate Care:

Touching another with perception and sensitivity, understanding and deep awareness of the other's suffering and bliss;
Touching another with intention and skill, bringing relief from suffering, allowing peace, assurance, gratitude, wisdom and love.

We take each component of the definition… for example, "touch," "compassion," "care," "perception," "sensitivity," "understanding," "awareness"… and engage a deep conceptual and experiential exploration of each term. By working in this way with both discussion and with practical exercise, participants gain a rich understanding that includes physical, cognitive/emotional, and spiritual dimensions, along with an increased capacity for actually providing profoundly compassionate care through simple touch.

The Touch as Compassionate Care workshop can accommodate a variety of settings and presentation formats, ranging from 12-hour weekend seminar, to a series of shorter segments presented across a number of weeks.

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Self-discovery using the Intensive Journal® process

The Intensive Journal is an integrated system of writing exercises, much more than simple iary or daily journal writing. Many different areas of life are integrated into an emerging understanding, including personal relationships, career and special interests, body and health, dreams and imagery, and meaning in life. The cumulative effect of working with the Intensive Journal gives access to creative capacities and untapped possibilities.

The Intensive Journal process as described in Ira Progoff's book At a Journal Workshop (available from any bookstore or lends itself to weekend workshop format as well as working one-on-one with a guide.

"Life Context/Depth Contact" Basic Workshops
      (corresponds to Dialogue House "Parts 1 and 2"):
"Integrative Writing" Workshops
      (corresponds to Dialogue House "part 3"):

Guide: Thomas D'Alessio
Registration: Call Bodymindspiritworks at 262.377.7708 for further information for registration forms. All workshops held at Bodymindspiritworks, 1350 Fourteenth Ave, Grafton WI 53024 Tom D'Alessio received his training and certification from Ira Progoff in 1988.

"Intensive Journal" is a registered trademark of Dialogue House.

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All Stressed Up with Nowhere to Go: ®
learning healthy and effective responses to stress

Stress is a given for all life, and it is not all bad! Without the background stress the natural environment continually puts upon all living things, there would be no life at all. So what are we stressing about? Plenty! The problem is that today much of the stress in our lives is different from what our physical and emotional systems were designed to handle: it is greatly increased, it doesn't let up, much of it we cannot even influence let alone control, it comes from many other sources than the natural environment, it has become chronic and permanent.

Our bodies live in an almost-steady state of "fight or flight." Chronic stress has devastating negative consequences in our lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

"All Stressed Up with Nowhere to Go" is an integral approach to dealing with the experience of being all stressed up, but now with SOMEWHERE to go.

Instead of focusing on "stress reduction" or "de-stressing" (which often amounts to avoidance), the workshop will focus on identifying the sources of stress unique to the life context of each participant, determining which are outside the participant's control, which are within, and which might, at best, only be influenced. The workshop will teach the responses most effective in each of these areas. The intention is to help participants move from "coping" toward "mastery."

The schedule for this one-day experience begins with check-in at 9:30 a.m.; session begins at 10:00 am. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included. This workshop will initially be offered Sunday 8 March 2009; participants limited to 10. More workshops will be added on future dates. This is a full-day immersion experience. As a result of the work, participants will:

  1. Invest a day in a peaceful environment conducive to peacefulness and relaxation.
  2. Be nourished by healthy and flavorful lunch prepared with care.
  3. Learn about distress ("bad" stress) and eustress ("good stress") and the consequences of chronic stress of any kind; learn about our natural biological responses to stress (known as general adaptation syndrome) and why it may actually be counter-productive in today's world.
  4. Identify the specific areas of distress in their lives.
  5. Learn specific body-mind-spirit practices and techniques for responding to stress effectively.
  6. Create an action plan for dealing with primary sources of distress.
  7. Create a sustainable plan for ongoing healthy response to stress.
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CPR/AED/First Aid Training

It takes ambulances an average of 8 minutes to respond once they get dispatched (it takes about 3 minutes for an emergency call to get routed to the correct agency for dispatch). Brain tissue starts to die within 4 minutes and brain damage is likely. After about 8 minutes, brain damage becomes irreversible. CPR helps prevent brain and heart damage, making community awareness and skills essential to a patient survival.

Classes are offered at Bodymindspiritworks in Grafton, WI or at another site of your choosing, and are limited to 6 students. Minimum class size for off-site instruction is 3 students. Classes are led by Jennifer D'Alessio, CC/NREMT-P, an American Heart Association CPR/BLS Provider Instructor.

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We commit to creating Bodymindspiritworks as a place of sanctuary, of tranquility, of peace;
a place for seeking goodness, truth, beauty;
a place of healing, of deep learning, of transformation;
a place for seeking integrity and wholeness, justice, love.

We commit to living lives that are good and beautiful and true,
lives that are integrated and whole,
lives that draw energy from our hearts and souls,
lives that are supported and nourished by the environments we create around us.

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