Certified Therapists | Living Arts Wellness | Fort Collins
Celeste Magnuson, NCBTMB – I-ACT – Owner/Founder
Celeste, owner of Living Arts Wellness, is a certified massage therapist with over 2000 hours of massage and bodywork training. Her initial certification and advanced studies have been at the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in Denver. She continues to study advanced massage and bodywork techniques to assist with chronic and acute pain issues. Celeste’s work focuses on wellness through lifestyle. She received her certification as a Living Foods Lifestyle educator while living and working at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico in 2005/2006. Her holistic wellness philosophy also includes cleansing and detoxification, and she is an I-ACT instructor level colon hydrotherapist.
Aaron Magnuson, CMT
Aaron is currently completing his pre-med degree at CSU in Fort Collins and plans to practice as a D.O. specializing in integrative medicine. He has been a certified massage therapist for 6 years, focusing on deep tissue massage and neuromuscular therapy. Aaron’s undergraduate degree is in nutrition sciences, and he has lived and worked at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Much of his free time is spent with his 140 pound South African mastiff named Isabella.
Kristi Buss, CMT
Kristi is a Certified Massage Therapist and Healing Touch Certified Practitioner with over 18 Years experience. Other areas of study include Mindfulness Meditation and Chi Kung (Qi Gong) Healing. Over the years of working with many different clients, Kristi has found stress to be a major factor in our level of health and wellness. Kristi is very interested in helping her clients reduce stress and find ways to live healthier, happier lives. Kristi lives in Fort Collins with her husband, Brian, daughter, Sophia, and puppy dog, Gigi. She enjoys reading, bike riding, meditation, and spending time with her family.
Mandy Westfall, CMT
Massage has always been something that I have gravitated towards. Even before I attended school for massage therapy, I was practicing my techniques on family and friends. At the age of 20 my older brother suffered a severe back injury. After years of pain and discomfort the family made the difficult decision to send my brother into surgery. That decision still bothers my family today. I remember trying my best to ease his pain with the few techniques I had experimented with. It was never enough, and I felt frustrated at not being able to do more for him. It was with my big brother as inspiration, I decided to finally receive some formal training.
Aaron Cason, CMT
Aaron Cason moved to Fort Collins in April of 2013 after a prior visit made him fall in love with the community. He has studied herbalism for over ten years and this path led him to the study of essential oils and their therapeutic benefits. He began incorporating essential oils into soaps, balms, salts, and lotions soon thereafter. These pursuits led to his interest in other modalities of healing. Aaron incorporates essential oils into his massage work for both topical and aromatherapeutic benefits. He can apply his knowledge of therapeutic oils into a customized experience for each client. Whether a client just needs to decompress, seeks pain relief, has a skin condition that needs attention, or has experienced trauma, he looks forward to putting his skills to work in service of this beautiful community.
Amy Burdett, CMT
Originally from upstate New York, I stumbled across Fort Collins on a road trip in 2006 and have been loving it ever since! I have always been drawn towards alternative health care, but it wasn’t until I experienced my own tortuous year of back pain that I discovered the true benefits of massage. After a few sessions, I not only felt better but began to understand and become more curious about the connections within the body that create pain. In 2008, I took that curiosity to the next level and attended the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and now have over 1,000 hours of massage and body work training. I specialize in deep tissue, prenatal, sports and treatment oriented massage, including trigger point therapy and neuromuscular techniques. I consider my work to be a partnership with my clients, each session is unique depending on their goals, and do my best to honor their trust and guide them towards making discoveries in their own bodies.
Sarah Thompson Dpl.OM., L.Ac., Doula
My journey to this point in my life and career began in 2001 when I moved to Fort Collins to attended Veterinary School at CSU. While going to school I worked at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as an receptionist for the emergency night shift. It was there that I met Dr. Narda Robinson DO, DVM. She is the founder of the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Program, and she had her office hours at the beginning of my evening shift. Between emergencies I began to talk with her and observe her work with Acupuncture. I became fascinated with Acupuncture and the results she was achieving with animals, who have no understanding of plecebo effects. It was then that I decided not to attend veterinary school but to transfer to a school for Oriental Medicine. I received my Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2005 from the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado, and my national board certification as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The summer I graduated from my master’s degree, I attended an internship in China, and received a Certificate of Completion in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center in Beijing, China. I was lucky to be able to do my internship in a Chinese hospital based setting, with the aid of a translator. It was a great opportunity to see what can be done when eastern and western medical practitioners work together. Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Lifestyle Modification, Doula Services, Pain and Sports Medicine, Women’s Health, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Cosmetic Acupuncture and Pediatrics.
Paula Harrison, Reiki Master
It is Paula’s greatest desire that all people lead a balanced, fulfilled life. It is her ultimate pleasure that she is able to bring her Reiki experience, her years of teaching, meditation practice, and knowledge of chakra energy together to help make the world a better place. Through Reiki, Paula is able to help clear physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances that cause discomfort and illness. The blockage of Qi (Chi) is often the cause of these imbalances and while Reiki works to unblock it also takes into account the root cause of the imbalance and works to heal at that level. Each treatment lasts approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on schedules and goals, and is completely non-invasive. The session takes place on a massage table or in a chair while fully clothed. Paula also offers trainings for all Reiki levels from Level I to Master Teacher in the style of Bronwen and Frans Stiene and the International House of Reiki.