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Stacey Massey L.Ac., LMT, MSOM, CST

Enlightenment. What does that word really mean? The dictionary defines it as giving someone greater knowledge or understanding about a subject or situation. I read about enlightenment a great deal while studying Chinese philosophy and I always found it fascinating that people could become enlightened. Pictures would depict these people surrounded by brilliant light, levitating above the ground. I never realized while reading these stories how important enlightenment would become in my life.

I fell in love with the body and how it worked over 10 years ago when I took a giant leap of faith and enrolled in massage school. I was blown away by how many muscles there were in the body and how they would behave when they were malfunctioning. It was so interesting to me to see how important nutrients were in feeding the muscles and how I could have such a positive impact on the body functioning together as a whole.

I was introduced to two modalities while in massage school that changed the course of my life forever. Cranial Sacral Therapy and Acupuncture. Once I received my Associates Degree in Massage Therapy I sold everything and moved myself and my 2 children 600 miles away to a place where I knew not a single soul so I could study the ancient art of Chinese Medicine.

Those next 4 years, getting my Master’s, were really hard to say the least. I was working 30 hours a week massaging out of a chiropractors office and basically going to school full time while raising my 2 kids alone. I started getting worn down and not feeling well. The symptoms over time kept getting worse and worse until I finally could no longer function. I had developed asthma, severe migraines, digestive problems, heart palpitations and debilitating fatigue. Towards the end I started having neurological problems that truly scared the hell out of me. Honestly, it got so bad that dying sounded like a relief.

I went to doctor after doctor that told me I was fine, nothing was showing up on any blood test and they just gave me medicines that made the symptoms worse. I realized if I was going to live through this I was going to have to figure this out on my own. Well, not entirely. My fiancé figured out that I felt better when I would go back home to Kansas City for a visit. This led him to the realization that there was something at my workplace that was making me sick. We did a test on some mold we found on the furniture and it was aspergillus black mold which is deadly. I got out of there and spent the next year recovering.

But then I had so many questions…why was I the only one in the office that was affected by the mold? Why wasn’t everyone as sick as I was? That question has consumed me every day for the last 10 years. I now understand why some people get sick and others don’t. I understand the origins of pain in a way that few do. I understand how the body works together in an elaborate, dynamic, fluid dance where all parts are equal and important. I understand how emotional stress hinders the bodies ability to function correctly. I understand… Enlightenment.

Enlightenment to me means no longer hiding from your pain. It means allowing those things that have been hidden from you as a survival mechanism to come to the surface and be acknowledged. It means looking deep within yourself at the ugly parts, hugging them and making them beautiful. I know where your pain is coming from, but better yet, I know how to make it go away. It worked for me, it has worked for hundreds of my patients and it can work for you too.

This is my path and I wouldn’t change a single part of it. I have the greatest job in the world and I get to spend my days helping people find a healthier, happier life. My gratitude for all of you and simply being alive is beyond measure.

“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of how much you already have.” ~Author Unknown

Stacey has an Associates Degree in Therapeutic Massage from Heritage College in Kansas City. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Nutrition and a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She has certificates in Cranio-Sacral Therapy from The Upledger Institute in Florida including CST I, II, & III and Somato-Emotional Release I & II. She has three certifications in Thai Massage from The Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston and holds a certificate in Nutritional Response Testing from Ulan Nutritional Systems. She also has a certificate in Facial Rejuvenation from The Microlight Institute in Arizona.

She is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Illinois and is Nationally Certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).

She is also a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in Illinois and is Nationally Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

She is a Chinese Herbalist, loves to teach and is an avid cook and gardener.

Heidi Lewis

Hi, my name is Heidi and I have a story….but don’t we ALL? What I find fascinating is how directly linked our life story is to our overall health and how much control we really do have. I started as a patient at Benevolence Total Wellness with Stacey in October of 2014 and after going through a particularly challenging chapter of “my story” I came to realize I have a passion for the concept of what Stacey is trying to accomplish here at Benevolence. I have jumped on the proverbial Band Wagon after experiencing my own recovery from something otherwise unexplainable – recovery without pills and surgeries.

Stacey truly did play the role of a “Guide” to me. She walked along side of me and assisted my body physically and energetically back to health…but, as great as she is, she could not have done it alone. I realize I had a BIG part in my own recovery, as I should! After all, it’s my body, my health and my life.

This passion led me to enroll at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Health and Wellness Coach with every intention of being my own first client! I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned and create a beautiful and peaceful life for myself that involves eating healthy, self care, staying physically active, spirituality and healthy relationships. Overall, it has given me the tools to make healthy choices for myself. It’s been a journey of discovering what works for me and I am excited to be in a position to help others find that balance that works for them.

Along with Graduating as a certified Health Coach from IIN in July, 2016 I am also a certified Reiki 3 Master practitioner – trained and attuned by the extremely talented Neal Harris at Relax4life in Barrington, IL. I have also studied and became certified as a Light Therapist at the Quantum Academies in Boulder, CO and work directly with In Light Wellness Systems where I’m excited to educate people on the amazing benefits of LLLT (low level light therapy).

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to bring my Health Coaching skills together with these two amazing healing modalities to Benevolence Total Wellness. I’m excited about what I have to offer as a holistic healer and would be honored to have the privilege of working with you in any part of your journey to total wellness.