GRADUATE STUDENT, ACTIVIST, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, GLENWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT; GREENSBORO, NC
As a community organizer, activist and graduate student it’s often hard to slow down and pay attention to my own health and wellbeing, but Miriam’s gentle approach made it feel easy.
Now about 6-months after my last session with her, I can still see the effects of our work together. I cook at home more and eat out less and almost always bring my lunch with me to work — and it feels easy and fun to make the time for cooking… not like a burden or a deprivation.
Overall, I can tell that I have more energy. I’ve also managed to slow my life down, take time for self-care, and be more realistic about how many commitments I can actually handle. This means that I reach out and connect with other people more. After working with Miriam, there are still more changes I want to make and places I want to go, but I know that most of the shifts I made are permanent, and because of having had success in many areas, I now have the tools to go after my other health goals.
AVID HOME GARDNER; GREENSBORO, NC
Realistic, viable, thoughtful, cost-effective, enjoyable, thought provoking, grounded, achievable, determined, and useful. These are the words that spring to mind when working with Miriam. She clearly pays attention to her clients and listens not only to what they are saying but how they say it. This enables her to match her language to the ways her client is thinking. Most importantly, Miriam realizes we live in a complex, crazy world and is able to recommend strategies to take control of your health and nutrition that are grounded in the realities of everyday living. Rather than being a service that you can only afford when times are good, Miriam knows how to make nutrition be part of life when times are rough as well.
COUNSELOR & CHILD ADVOCATE, GRADUATE STUDENT UNCG/NC A&T, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER; HIGH POINT, NC
I live a hectic life where I often find myself juggling numerous responsibilities and wearing many hats. While working with Miriam, I gained substantial knowledge about how food affects our body, mind and soul; connection between food and stress level; what eating healthy is all about; and how to make healthy decisions about food while on a tight budget with limited time.
Through the 6-month program, I went from eating out all the time, and often eating fast food, to cooking and planning my week so I had food that I felt good about and that made me feel good. Our work together was tailored to meet my specific needs and goals… Since working with Miriam my digestion has significantly improved, I feel empowered to make decisions that work for me, and I am no longer scared of the kitchen! Our work together impacted my life in many ways that go beyond general diet.
GREENSBORO, NC Age 78
My main problem was walking, standing, and numbness in my feet. I elected to try massage before I considered drugs and surgery. Kammaleathahh not only corrected my main problems, but relieved other complaints I had for years. I’m active again, and no longer a bent over shuffling Grandma! It was good fortune to have found Kammaleathahh.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, WASHINGTON D.C.
After many years of struggling with ADD and Depression in both childhood and adulthood there seemed to be no other choice but to learn to live with my symptoms by using medications and trying alternative methods as I found out about them. In August of 2009 I met Kammaleathahh at the Stone House and was given two 30 minute treatments. I’m telling you after years of feeling like my head was about to explode, a sore neck, constant headaches, and sleepless nights because of racing, uncontrollable thoughts and not being able to concentrate, I have been symptom free for three weeks and I feel AWESOME! My mind is so clear, and it feels so free of constant pressure. I can concentrate for long periods of time. Thank you so much for touching me with your blessed hands.
PROFESSOR; GREENSBORO, NC
It’s important to support the work Kammaleathahh does to my body with some body work of my own – swimming, bike riding, and walking – and she in turn encourages these activities and expects her clients to stay attuned to their body’s needs and wants. As every smart massage therapist indeed should! I highly recommend her wonderful combination of massage, pressure point work and limb stretching.
INTERPRETER, ORGANIZER, ARTIST, MUSICIAN, GLENWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT; GREENSBORO, NC
The first massage I had with Kammaleathahh lasted one hour with the purpose of addressing my extreme neck and upper back tension. Kammaleathahh taught me in the first massage the links between the front of my chest and my back, something I had never realized before. By opening up and stretching muscles around my collar bone, she began to unlock layers of neck and back tension around my shoulders that had been building for years. In the second session, Kammaleathahh unlocked and helped me to release tension to the extent that I had a similar emotional release in my life, letting go of unnecessary worry and creating a healthier way of carrying myself, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I highly recommend her touch that was personalized to address my holistic health concerns.
As a person who has had regular massage for 25 years in order to alleviate severe chronic back spasms, I wish to say that Kammaleathahh is in the top three out of a dozen massage therapists I have worked with. She addresses the human body as an integrated unit, one that includes not only muscle and bone but also mind and spirit. In a massage, she is aware of how bodies change in only a couple of weeks and adjusts to those changes by adjusting her massage. Because she understands that the body is a complex being, she recognizes that the psoas muscle tied to the hip is directly connected to the jaw muscle — if one is tight, both may be. She is a pleasure to be with and physically restorative.
MUSICIAN, STUDENT; CHAPEL HILL, NC
Kammaleathahh has a very gentle, intuitive and attentive feel when practicing Reiki. My experiences with her have been remarkably healing on many different levels. She has been able to help me with everything from an achy back to an achy heart. Our sessions have been communicative, safe and professional, and I’ve left each time with my body feeling better and the world a better place to be.
One concrete example of my work with Kammaleathahh is that we had been struggling to find a way to “get to” some very old, chronic muscle weakness and pain that I have carried for years in my back. Through a lot of thoughtful physical probing and regular questioning about how I was doing, she tried massage on my side and the effects were terrific. For the first time in more than 10 years, I have not gotten out of bed feeling ginger about my back! At the end of the day, I do not have a sinking feeling as my back muscles just sort of “get tired” of holding me up! Hooray!
I seem to be realizing in both body and mind the power of this kind of touch — at least the kind I get from Kammaleathahh is to heal and to nourish.
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AMERICORPS ACCESS COORDINATOR; GREENSBORO, NC
Kammaleathahh’s massages are wonderful… I love how Kammaleathahh listens to what I need from the massage and meets that need. Just thinking about it makes me want to call for another! I have been working with Miriam for a month now and am very excited about the nutrition she is helping me work into my diet, while keeping the cooking inexpensive, easy, and quick – essentials in my busy life! The 3-month program with Miriam is flying by; nonetheless, I’ll have knowledge and a new diet that can last me a lifetime!
ARTIST, ACTIVIST, MOTHER, GLENWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT; GREENSBORO, NC
With Miriam’s support during this pregnancy, we focused our efforts on the emotional state around my pregnancy and personal life. The right choices of food, for me, fell into place as I paid more attention to whether I had time for my self, my art, and my relationships. The massage therapy and the preparation for my labor experience kept me aware of my tension levels and helped me to remain relaxed throughout my pregnancy.
The best result of working with Miriam and Kammaleathahh was the actual birth experience. I was mentally ready, relaxed, and unafraid throughout the labor process. I think that this was because I spent a lot of time with SHC preparing for that day.
Kammaleathahh was there with us as a doula throughout the labor. Just as important as Kammaleathahh’s active support [during the labor], she had an excellent feel for when support meant giving us space for our personal experience to unfold.
Since working with SHC, I have seen many tangible results. Physically, I feel great…. My partner and I continue to eat as we did throughout the pregnancy because it has become a normal part of our lifestyle. With what we have learned from our experiences with SHC, we continue to make time for our personal relationship with each other, and time for art, music, friends, and activism. With all of these things balanced in our lives, our health choices and parenting abilities are naturally better.
Every time I think back on my pregnancy, my labor experience and how happy I am in my life now, I think about the support and understanding I received from my friends and community: Miriam and Kammaleathahh are both for us.
ENTREPRENUER, GLENWOOD RESIDENT; GREENSBORO, NC
The staff at SHC has provided me guidance through a holistic process that helped me to shape my personal approach to a better physical and mental state of health. The massages provided by Kammaleathahh have significantly improved my day to day physical well being. In addition to the massages, the health counseling provided by Miriam has given me the ability to maintain a well-rounded healthy mentality.
EDUCATION STUDIES STATICIAN, RTI INTERNATIONAL, BUSY MOM; RALEIGH, NC
In Miriam’s Healthy Foods for a Family On-The-Go, we learned valuable information that was jam packed into a short amount of time. There were excellent tips about how to make small changes with big effect and without a lot of effort… realistic tactics for busy professionals with families. Miriam is a great presenter, very knowledgeable and helpful. It was a fun session!
UNCG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT; ASHEBORO, NC
SHC provides a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, very non-judgmental, unlike many health education settings. Through participating in a couple of cooking classes and a partner massage class, SHC gave me practical advice that catered to the things I wanted to change in order to make my life healthier, not what I “should” want, or what everyone else is doing. I really love that they treat each and every one of their clients as people and teach them what is best for them as a unique and special person.