“Cathy’s massage is a whole mind, body, and spirit experience. While working externally on identified tight areas, somehow internally my tensions and anxiety also release…and after a few minutes in her hands, my body becomes one with her massage table. It’s more apparent as to how relaxed I am when she asks me to turn over and I can hardly move…wishing that there was a pancake turner that could do the job. Specifically, Cathy helped me through a shoulder injury and surgery this year. My doctor and physical therapist were amazed with how quickly I healed, resumed mobility, and have reduced scarring due to her help. They wrote to my insurance company saying that massage was a medical necessity! Consider Pure Wellness a part of your wellness plan and take time for the best care in her very kind, fun, and amazing ways”.
Susan, Bay View
Cathy Podd is a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008. Her desire to help others expanded when she began studying reiki in 2012. Two years later she became a Reiki Master Teacher. She continued to feel the call of holistic health and healing and so began the process of completing over a decade of aromatherapy studies, earning her credentials as a Certified Aromatherapist and Herbalist in 2013,and receiving Clinical Master Aromatherapy certification in 2018. She has owned her own business, Pure Wellness, located just outside of Milwaukee, since 2012 and is an Accredited NCBTMB Teacher(1722).
Cathy has been a follower of astrology since young adulthood and is currently under a mentorship to become a professional astrologer. She is formally trained as a graphic artist, and in her leisure time she finds great pleasure and meditative growth through her artistic endeavors which include painting, drawing, textile arts and more. Cathy believes in the alchemy of the human soul and in using arts of all kinds to foster peace and universal oneness. Part of her mission on Earth is to share the importance of self-care, wellness and ritual as a means available to everyone.
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Her journey started in 2000 when she received her first Reiki treatment from a friend. Life changed from that point on and hasn’t stopped evolving since! Her interest in aromatherapy started around 2001 in her personal life and she became certified in clinical aromatherapy and herbalism in 2013 and 2014 and has continued her extensive aromatherapy safety education graduating with her Master Aromatherapy certification in 2018. She wanted to become a Reiki practitioner and started looking into it about 2004. Along the way, she decided to go to school for massage in 2007 and became licensed in 2008. She became particularly passionate about massage after seeing transformations with her special needs son as well as the healing it provided for a close friend suffering from cancer. She finally took her first Reiki class in January of 2012 with Deb Karpek. After her first teacher moved out of state, she reconnected with her mentor and friend, Jean Wilker, RN. She continued her Reiki education to Master Teacher. In 2016 she decided to study the Registered Holy Fire II® Karuna Master class under William Lee Rand, the founder and President of the International Center for Reiki Training. She has now been teaching Reiki classes since 2014. Cathy strives to provide authentic and thorough Reiki classes. In Cathy’s former career life, she was a Graphic Designer and worked for 4 years in an educational non-profit organization where she was trained in Critical Friends Groups alongside teachers from all facets of life!
Her treatment techniques include a blend of Swedish Massage, site specific work, connective tissue release, trigger point therapy, guided meditation and Reiki. Utilizing hydrotherapy and safe holistic aromatherapy as part of her integrative experience.
She enjoys working with all walks of life, taking care there is ample time built in for communication so as to not rush clients out the door. Her knowledge of the human body and spirit shows through in each personalized session. Cathy has a sensitive and intuitive touch that leads to therapeutic outcomes for her clients. Her mission is to provide a gateway for people to take better care of themselves and enjoys providing that by teaching reiki, aromatherapy, ritual arts and teaching parents and caregivers how to integrate massage at home.
Cathy graduated from the Lakeside School of Massage Therapy in February 2008; training and practicing Therapeutic Massage with well over 750 hours as well as keeping up to date and knowledgeable with continuing education. She is licensed in the state of Wisconsin and is also a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and International Association of Reiki Professionals.
Continuing Education includes:
“Massage therapy or bodywork” means the science and healing art that uses manual actions to palpate and manipulate the soft tissue of the human body, in order to improve circulation, reduce tension, relieve soft tissue pain, or increase flexibility, and includes determining whether massage therapy or bodywork is appropriate or contraindicated, or whether a referral to another health care practitioner is appropriate. “Massage therapy or bodywork” does not include making a medical or chiropractic diagnosis.
As a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), I pledge my commitment to the highest principles of the massage and bodywork profession as outlined here.