Certified massage therapist Heather Linkenheimer built up a practice as an instructor of yoga before adding massage to her skills in 2006. In 2003, deeply engaged by a yoga class while on vacation in Hawaii, she dedicated herself to the study of a variety of yogic techniques, including especially the Jivamukti form. After attending classes in New York City at the Jivamukti Yoga School, Heather Linkenheimer found its combination of meditation and physical exercise ideal to her own practice and began to incorporate it into her weekly sessions with students.
Heather Linkenheimer has gained extensive experience during her years as a freelance yoga instructor and mentor. Her personal and professional philosophy centers on the potential of yoga and massage to ease tension in both the body and the mind, promote health-restoring relaxation, and assist clients in achieving optimum happiness and overall well-being. In working with each client or student, Heather Linkenheimer first conducts an assessment of his or her current physical or educational needs and then uses her insights to develop an individually focused plan. She believes that her knowledge of yoga and massage in combination enhance her ability to lead her clients to increased flexibility, circulation, and relief of stress.
Heather Linkenheimer emphasizes the benefits of both starting and concluding a yoga session with massage. A pre-yoga massage can warm and stretch the muscles in preparation for the yogic asanas and can assist a client in maintaining a posture for a longer period of time. After a session of yoga, a massage can offer a sensation of increased calm and relaxation as the client cools down from the series of concentrated physical movements. Heather Linkenheimer hopes to add Thai massage to her repertoire as a key component in her plan to better blend massage and yoga into the services she offers her clients.