Gabrielle Díona

Licensed Massage Therapist

Tell us about your massage school and other trainings: 

I went to Crestone Healing Arts Center in Crestone, Colorado-a magical place that taught those lucky enough to attend not only massage therapy but Traditional Chinese Medicine basics, energetic practices like Reiki and Acupressure, and many other modalities. It was a very well rounded place that placed an emphasis on holistic care-and the connection between the mind, the emotions, and the body.

What bodywork are you currently studying?

I’m currently half way through a two year shamanic craniosacral program, and also deep diving into a general lymphatics course (I’m already trained as a lymphatic breast massage practitioner!) as well as a pelvic floor ligaments course (which will accentuate my background in womb alignment and abdominal massage) I love to learn and it’s one of my favorite things about being a bodyworker and herbalist (and human!) -that I get to continue to explore and grow.



What do you want people to know about their body?

I want people to know that our bodies are magic-and so capable of healing ✨AND ALSO that healing takes TIME and REST and

DEEP NOURISHMENT. So often our modern values cue us to get to the goal as quickly as possible and our bodies (and hearts and minds) pay the cost of that hustle mentality. You deserve rest, and you deserve to have the time to rest and regulate your nervous system. And it is these things that allow us to fully take in the nourishment all around us-whether from food, water, nature, or the company of kindred spirits.


What do you want people to know about health and wellness?

There are so many fads out there-and honestly-the best advice is to keep it simple. Eat wholesome foods that your ancestors ate, drink spring water, roll around in the dirt (aka get outside in the sun and fresh air), sleep well and deeply as many nights as you are able, and spend time with people who care about you.


Self-Care Advice

You don’t have to do everything *by yourself*. Healing was never meant to happen in a vacuum. It’s wonderful to seek out people who have what you want and to ask them how they got there-not everything they suggest will apply to you because *you are the best judge of what will work best for you* but we also need each other. Interdependence is the way.

What is your favorite system in the body?

How do you pick your favorite star from a beautiful night sky? The body is a microcosm of that macrocosm and it’s hard for me to cleave it into parts.

However I will say for my own personal journey understanding how to care for the lymphatic system has been a pretty key player in helping me get truly well and fully nourished. When I started to understand how deeply connected our fluid bodies are to hormonal regulation, digestion, and immunity-it was both eye opening and quite literally changed my relationship to my body.


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