New Harmony delivers the cutting edge in holistic
The Stonington Times
By Russ Morey, Times Staff Writer
With light pouring
through the skylights of the high vaulted ceilings of
their rooms, massage therapists Ann Watkins and Randy Shepherd
bring a whole new kind of therapy to eastern Connecticut.
therapist Ann Watkins treats a client at New Harmony in Pawcatuck
Photo by Russ Morey
"Neuromuscular reprogramming is based on
the idea that when muscles overcompensate, other muscles are not
doing their job. The solution is not just massaging muscles
that hurt, but finding the root of the problem and alleviating the overcompensation.
That’s when healing really occurs,” explained Watkins.
Watkins and Shepherd both studied at Alive and Well!, a world renowned, cutting
edge school located in Corte Modera, Ca. After both became certified and moved
back to the area in the late 1990’s, they helped expand their business,
New Harmony, now based in a spacious, new addition to their home at 13 River
Crest Drive in Pawcatuck.
While specializing in neuromuscular reprogramming,
Watkins and Shepherd also offer many traditional massage techniques, including
deep-tissue, shiatsu and
acupressure. Watkins is also starting a new program called “moving from
the inside out,” a project that will put her master’s degree in
dance movement therapy to work. The couple will be offering massage classes,
will soon release an instructional DVD “Neuromuscular Triads.” For
more information, call (860) 599-4533.
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