HEATHER VEST, LMT
Heather Vest brings a soft approach to the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. Board certified and knowledgable, she utilizes a plethora of minimal pain massage techniques to achieve maximum benefit. Heather has lived in Fairbanks for over 15 years after experiencing life in the western region of the United States. Outside of work, you can catch her bicycling, farming, cooking, or exploring the outdoors with her family of two boys and her partner Dan.
Healing Arts Institute, Fort Collins, CO – Massage and Body Work
What do you like to treat and why?
I specialize in Body Insight Neuromuscular Therapy, which is a bodywork method that combines deep tissue therapy, active movement, and active awareness. I enjoy helping people resolve chronic muscular issues, assisting the body in it's natural healing processes, and providing a new method of deep tissue massage that does not require pain to see results. To meet individual client needs, I integrate the massage modalities of Swedish-Relaxation, Body Insight, Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Acupressure. It is my intentional desire to effect and assist the whole person; mind, body and spirit on their journey of healing and self-discovery – all through the powerful medium of therapeutic touch.
How long have you been in Alaska and why did you move here?
I moved to Alaska in 2001 and have been a resident of Fairbanks for the last 15 springs.
Where have you lived before Alaska?
I grew up playing in the wide open plains and rocky outcroppings of Wyoming and the mountains and rivers of Colorado. I adventured around New Mexico, Arizona and Utah before answering the call to an even wilder place.
Hobbies and other interests?
- Cooking for a crowd
- Playing in the woods with my family
My partner's name is Dan and I have two sons.
Books or website recommendations for patients?
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Chrisiane Northup, MD
Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Jill Romm
Toxic Relief: Restore Health and Energy Through Fasting and Detoxification by Don Colbert, MD
Your Body's Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, MD
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Women Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.