Posted by: Kathy Harmon on 12/16/2010

I have a variety of maladies – the most troublesome of which is Fibromyalgia.    It’s an autoimmune disease that attacks your joints and makes them ache. The body is a wonderful machine.  It tries to compensate for pain and weakness by shifting posture, weight and pressure around to quiet the discomfort.  But that shift often stresses other areas until you ache all over.

I love my chiropractor and visit often but he recommended a masseuse to me that has been a miraculous addition to my life. Her name is Senada Zackariasen and she hails from Europe.  She takes her craft very seriously and has studied nearly a dozen massage therapies at clinics worldwide.  Her walls are festooned with certificates and degrees in her specialties – one of which is Fibromyalgia.
I began to visit her a little over a year ago in a suburb near my home.  Since then she has retreated to a tiny town about an hour west of Minneapolis where she and her husband operate a bed and breakfast.  It’s a bit of a drive but worth the trip. 

Let me tell you about my first visit.  I’d never met Senada before I stepped into her office for that first visit.  We made small talk for a couple of minutes about weather and my stress level.  I was then ushered into a dimly lit room and asked to undress and crawl under several layers of covers onto a heated table.
She quietly entered the room and turned on an ethereal tape entitled Angels.  On my first visit I experienced enormous relief punctuated by sheer agony as she marched from pressure point to pressure point probing the deep tissue inflammation.

I’ve had many massages in my life several labeled “deep tissue”.  They mostly hurt and caused discomfort for days.  Senada inflicted pain but she seemed to reach in, find the source, wrestle with it and extract it.  I left the table after an hour and a half pain free.  I was astounded.

I am degreed in Anthropology.  I like studying ancient civilizations,  I tell Sonada that I believe her to be an ancient Shaman.  This is why.   Within the first ten minutes of knowing Sonada, she placed her hands over my breastbone and suddenly stopped.  She said, “What are you afraid of?”  I said, “Perhaps failure”.  She didn’t move.  She said, “No, there is something here.  It is very old – male – good looking.”  I said, “I have no idea.”  We moved on.

About an hour into the massage I was face down on the table and Sonada was working on my right foot.  She hit a pressure point on the back of my heel and I came four feet off the table with a loud scream.  It really hurt.  I told her that I knew of the belief in pressure points related to organs and asked what that one was.  She said, “It’s your female organs”.  Then again, she stopped cold and said, “Oh, my God you lost a child and it was a little boy.  You need to let that pain go. That is what is trapped in your heart”  I immediately began sobbing uncontrollably.  I miscarried my first baby and it was a little boy.  That was more than 30 years ago.

I see her as often as my schedule allows.  I love Senada.  She brings me great relief both physically and spiritually.  If you live in Minnesota or ever find yourself visiting I highly recommend  a visit to Montrose and the Butterfly Inn,  Here is her website

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