Rev. Parson Kion-Crosby, LMT
My training background
I have always been very interested (some might say obsessed) with healing. I have been training in meditation for half my life. I have been to massage school and graduated as a Licensed Massage Therapist. I've taken college courses on psychology. I continue to take continuing education classes as often as possible, which include classes on Reflexology, Structural Integration, Healing Touch, Lymphatic Drainage, Orthopedic Massage and Massage Cupping. I have been mentored regularly on the Healing Arts for several years.
About my philosophy on healing
I have observed western medicine, and it has this philosophy that a human is a type of machine: each part is separate from the others, so each part should be treated individually, to be replaced to fixed as needed. This is absolutely wonderful if, say, you break your leg, or do severe damage to a single area of the body or mind. But the issue here is that we are not machines, we are organisms. An organism is a collection or several systems all working as a whole. What this means is that if one area of us is affected by dis-ease, the whole of us is affected. Therefore, if we only treat the obviously damaged or hurt area, the rest of the organism will still be damaged. This can cause the originally hurt area to quickly feel hurt again, even if we have replaced that part of ourselves. This is why I have studied not just how to help heal the body, but also the mind and the spirit, because they all make up a single organism.
Look at it this way: you fall and tear ligament in your knee. Doctors recommend surgery and you listen to them, and heal quickly. But after this whole ordeal you fall again and once again, you tear that same ligament in your knee! Because the cause to begin with was not simply you falling, but a buildup of tension in the muscles and fascia of the upper and lower leg, which made it possible for the knee to tear so easily. If we fix the obvious problem alone and do not resolve the reason for the problem, the problem is likely to arise again. I am not saying surgery was unneeded here, I am not a doctor and cannot make those kind of decisions. I am simply saying that complementary medicine, such as Massage Therapy and Structural Integration, could have helped resolve the original issue so it did not happen a second time.
Why I do what I do
My whole life has really lead to me being all about healing. My father is a consultant and helps to heal the mind, and has had some interest in reflexology, so I have this nice memory of being on a plane, very young, feeling pressure pains in my ears and my dad using reflexology to ease it. On both sides of my family, relatives have suffered from mental illness, and I am no different.
As a kid, I had anxiety and panic attacks. I would wake in the middle of the night with my heart pounding in my chest, and it only got worse from there. I struggled with depression as a teen. Luckily, I had also developed an interest in meditation at that time in my life, and had a few defining experiences that helped drive me to practice farther. One of these experiences was while I was out with friends, and a Buddhist Monk singled me out on the street and spoke with me about the healing power of meditation.
Slowly, a change grew within me. I had lived a self-destructive and unhealthy life for years, and yet through complementary healing practices I began to change in a positive way. Healing was like becoming a butterfly from a worm. I began to see the beauty in everything. I went to massage school, and it was like a snowball effect: the more I pursued healing, the better my life became and the better I felt!
I cannot explain how powerful of a healing potential complementary medicine like massage therapy or meditation can have. And as someone that had a difficult time finding my healing path, I have dedicated my life to helping others find their way, to find the beauty and potential within all of us. We can all be that butterfly, we can all find peace within ourselves. Since there are so many different types of healing, I firmly believe there is a form for each and every one of us. Whether it be Massage, Healing Touch, Meditation, Structural Integration or any of the near-infinite selection of forms of healing out there, all you have to do is try. And I am here to hold your hand as you do so.
A little about me
I am 32, love music and learning, play a couple instruments, and am incredibly passionate about the loves of my life: my 4 year old son Loki, and the healing of myself and others.