For 21 years, I received tons of care from massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractics, neurosurgeons, orthopedics, othrodontists, pain doctors, acupuncturists, and any of all holistic approaches I could find to help relieve my pain. I never gave up fully but I always knew in my soul that I could fully heal myself if I found the right tools.
My neck and back pain originated from car accidents at the ages of 18 and 20 and i had migraines from the age of 10 after falling on my shoulder off a horse. My body never processed pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods, or alcohol and I had quite an addiction for dairy, gluten & sugar, I was always nauseous, tired, and headachy — allergic to something. I blame the endless script to the pink stuff… antibiotics.
Great Teachers & Raw Food
I thank God for Jeff & Brian, two young — fresh — out of school chiropractors that I spent the summer with in New Orleans when i was about 21. They taught me how to get off drugs, drink plenty of water, be healthy, eat organic RAW fruits & veggies all the time, do cleanses, and exercise. The first time moving back to Houma was very hard and I struggled to live that way because everyone thought i was crazy for not cooking my food, not eating meat, saying no sugar, dairy, or gluten. It’s hard not to give in when everyone around you is making the most yummiest processed, sugar induced fried foods. One of my fondest memeories growing up is sitting with my pawpaw dipping bananas and Evangeline bread into a can of condensed milk; which was a common staple in their home. The second time I moved back to Houma, 8 years later, was a little easier. By that time most of everyone had someone who was sick and they were trying to eat a little better. To this day folks think I’m a bit extreme, but I know whats good for my body and I choose that over sickness, pharmacutical drugs, cancer, and judgement. I truly believe we can heal our bodies if we consume what God intended for them, Fruits and Vegetables. The ones who have cancer now and are choosing to eat clean and detoxify instead of taking chemo now understand the way I live. My prayer for the world would be that everyone would get clean before they get sick.
I learned how to muscle test food, herbs, medicine, and everything before putting it in, on or around my body. Alison taught me how to combat my allergies when they strike. Working with Alison has been amazing, she has been studying with Donna Eden for 10+ years. This is an amazing way to figure out which organs in your body are causing the issues. It’s amazing work!!!
Nutrigenomics saved me
2016 was the year I got rid of my migraines with the help of Dr. Amy Yasko’s theory & book on Nutrigenomics (DNA-gene mutations). From what I gather my migraines started after i fell off a horse and landed on my shoulder/collar bone area when I was 10, then after getting into 5 wrecks the migraines got worse I went from 100% heidi to 80% to 40% and then after having Luca I think I was running on 10% Heidi. I didn’t know if I was coming or going. It was really hard to function. Trauma is real and it attaches to all levels of the human body: physical – emotional – spiritual.
My summary of Dr. Yasko’s theory is that once the body goes through trauma, if you have any gene mutations, they will block the pathways on the methylation cycle. If these pathways get blocked then you decrease as a fully functioning human being. More trauma = more blocks.
Before I found her products, I was using another brand and my migraines had lessened slightly, but after I used Dr. Yasko’s products my migraines went away in two weeks. I still had hormonal migraines 3 days before my cycle, but after 6 months, those went away too. I was much happier, more able to clean my house, and think clear. This is when I decided I could go back to school because i could actually think straight again and retain information.
Oh and if you are thinking why didn’t she go to doctors? Well I did, all sorts, they gave me many drugs to try. It was like a guessing game, some of the drugs smelled like poison, and they made me sick with side effects galore! I just always knew deep within my core there was a better way, a way God intended us to heal. I have seen it so much over and over, you start with one drug, then a year later you have to take another because that one drug triggered something else, then a year later another drug. Before you know it you are taking a bunch. But the honest truth is all you have to do is change your diet, take some supplements your body needs, eat clean, and exercise and you can heal yourself. And of course get bodywork to get out of pain. But it takes work & self-control & money because the holistic healing ways are not covered by insurances. But in the end it’s all worth it.
My bodywork journey
In 2015, I attended a Thai Bodywork Level One training at Wild Lotus in New Orleans in which i fell in love with but was not practicing. In 2016, I was at cross fit houma and my friends shoulder was hurting so I worked on it, and then he convinced me to give him the whole body session. It was so awesome, we were both blown away and he convinced me I needed to do that and I always loved massage so…
I took a leap of faith in 2017 and started a massage program at LA Institute of Massage Therapy in Lake Charles to become a LMT in Louisiana (LA8905). During the same time I also studied and continue to study at the Coaching the Body (CTB) Institute in Chicago, IL. My teacher, Chuck Duff developed his own technique that took everything I loved from all my beloved therapies and combined them together with protocols for each body area. The work blew my mind, it made so much sense, relieved my pain, and gave me purpose.
My 3rd class was in July, I had a CTB shoulder session with my teacher that took my pain away for three months that I’d been having for 11 years. My 7th class was CTB Low Back in December. After spending all weekend barely being able to stand up and lay down, I was chosen to be the practice body for the students. The pain charts show my pains through out the year.
After 3 hours of bodywork, I popped up and was able to move like that guy on the matrix; I felt such joy and extreme freedom in my body that I only had felt floating in water.
I was hooked on my 3rd class but on my 7th class is when I decided to dedicate my life to helping people get out of pain without the use of surgery and pharmaceutical drugs, in which I have always been against. This opiate epidemic makes me sick and i have lost so many friends and family members to it. Coaching the Body is the answer! I feel like I found Eden!
For 20 years I went back and forth, working out then injuring myself. I also got tired of therapists telling me yoga is bad, yoga is not bad, but if you have pain and limitations, you should definitely get that worked out and get out of immediate pain before starting any exercise practice. I have finally come to a place where I found the exercise I love and thats so beneficial for my body, and a self-care routine that keeps me feeling great!
Yoga – Dance – Coaching The Body
I attend Root2Rise just about everyday. It’s such a healthy environment. I go happy and sad. Sometimes I don’t want to go do yoga because I’ll be angry, or sad, but I go anyway and about 10 minutes into a yoga set, I get reset and my day changes completely and I leave in complete gratitude and peace.
It’s okay to cry and let it out during a yoga set, anytime, anywhere: holding emotions in keeps us repressed, bitter, sad, angry, and gross.
You feel it – Feel it deeply – Let your tears and sighs flow – Breathe – Forgive yourself, and others – Then let it go and Smile — You just accomplished Greatness!
Buti yoga by far is the most awesome thing ever: It’s cardio – It’s tribal dance – It’s power yoga… I’m in love — I was Born for Buti Yoga!
I Love Power Yoga and Restorative Yoga too. It’s amazing to eat and drink super clean real food and juice! I’m addicted to turmeric lattes made with coconut mylk!!! This place is community, it’s health, it’s love, it’s freedom!
5Rhythms Ecstatic Dance
5Ryhthms is my first true Love. I found it back in 2003 when i was in college and using the library to get dance DVD loans from all over the country. I actually taught a 5Rhythms class in my physical education class as a final grade. My plan was to get certified by Gabrielle Roth in her New York studios and get a masters in printmaking. Well Life had different plans… but after Gabrielles’ passing her son developed a very long way to get a 5Rhythms certification and I’m starting the process in March of 2019! I’m stoked! I have been inviting people into my home to dance everyday. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is just that —energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance. And the fastest way to still the mind is to move the body. So if you are interested please contact me. click below to learn the 5Rhythms…
5Rhythms transcends dance—movement is the medicine, the meditation and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay our masks down, and dance till we disappear. Only to rediscover ourselves through it all.
The 5Rhythms are a map to everywhere we want to go—inner, outer, forward, back, physical, emotional, intellectual—they reconnect us to the wisdom of our bodies and unleash movement’s dynamic healing power.Gabrielle Roth
Coaching the body is awesome!
I am so grateful to finally be at this point to share this work with people that have lost hope in feeling good.
I’ve been there, I know pain, the sadness, and the destruction that comes with it.
Let’s work together & find your roots to get you healthy!Heidi Domangue