About Susan Van Note

Massage Therapist / Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist / Feldenkrais Method Practitioner-in-training

Susan is a Massage Therapist, certified in Prenatal and Postpartum massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, and is currently half way through a 4-year training in The Feldenkrais Method®. 

Through 24 years as a mother of three children, Susan has found that the most effective and authentic way to positively influence her family and care for herself has been to focus on nurturing her own body, mind and spirit. She desires to share this rejuvenating bodywork by partnering with you and  empowering you to manage your well being in a practical way that fits your busy life. 

California Certificate #78268 | Colorado License #MT001529 | DC License #MT2056

My Philosophy

On it’s own, massage is a wonderful modality to help a person relax and release muscle tension, improve circulation, aid the lymphatic system, as well as other benefits. However, these benefits tend to last a few days and then a person is “back to usual,” feeling tight and the chronic pain returns quickly as we live our lives and resume old familiar movement patterns.

Susan recognizes that each person has his and her own specific musculoskeletal patterns that cause this muscle tension and tightness. Each person has a history from the time of birth of familiar ways of moving. Some of these patterns occur from playing instruments or certain sports, some are from compensating from injuries or accidents, and some may be from repetitive movements associated with activities like running, cycling, yoga, or even work.  

We don’t notice these patterns because they feel familiar and our bodies are very efficient at maintaining balance and stability… until they’re not, and that’s when we start to feel discomfort and our lives are disrupted with tension or pain that shows up as neck pain, lower back pain, hip flexor tightness, sciatica, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, or chronic headaches, to name a few common issues.

We can find temporary relief with stretching or massage, but our muscles will find their way back to our habitual patterns because we haven’t changed the underlying pattern of movement. This can be frustrating because we don’t know what to do, so we “muscle through” our discomfort and create further inflammation and stress on our bodies. We can’t change our patterns by forcing our muscles into submission with modalities like “deep tissue” or even moving our bones into a different place because it won’t last. 

We must address these patterns in the same way that they were formed: at the level of the nervous system.

This is why working with the nervous system is such a critical and valuable addition to massage, as well as to other therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic.

If you are looking for long-term change in addition to possible immediate relief, then please contact me to see if we are a good fit to partner with each other towards your wellness or schedule an appointment on line. 

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
— Chinese Proverb
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Professional Trainings

  • *The Feldenkrais Method® Professional Training, 800 hour certification, The Feldenkrais Institute of NYC; David Zemach-Bersin, Educational Director and Lead Trainer

  • Therapeutic Massage Therapy, 900 hour certification, Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO

  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, 700 hour certification, Colorado School of Energy Studies, Boulder, CO; John and Anna Chitty, Educational Directors and Trainers

  • Prenatal/Postpartum Certification, 24 hour certification, Baltimore, MD; Claire Miller Nurturing the Mother®, Educational Director and Trainer

  • Thai Yoga Massage Therapy, 120 hour certification, Denver Integrative Massage School, Denver, CO

  • Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hour certification, Iron Crow Yoga Studio, Hamilton, MA

*currently in year three of 4-year training