Jennifer N. Bierma- Owner/Certified Massage Therapist
Jennifer N. Bierma is a Certified Massage Therapist and the owner of No Knots Professional Massage & Bodywork, Inc. She has been in business since 2001, caring for clients ranging in age from new born to 102 years old. Massage is her passion and it shows. Clients come to her for massage but often leave saying that they received so much more. Jennifer is fully present with her clients during each session. This means that she takes time with each client to ensure that their body is getting the treatment that it needs. This includes a health history intake and a Reiki energetic scan at the beginning of your session along with attention to all of the small and large muscle groups in the body, a brief overview after the session of what she found and a little bit of information on self care to help keep you in tip top shape after your treatment.
She is a 3rd degree/advance Reiki practitioner, a certified emergency response massage therapist and is currently working toward her certification in both Craniosacral and Myofascial release techiniques. She graduated with Honors from the Minnesota School of Health Sciences (MSHS) in 2001 with a Massage Therapy Certification.
Her training at MSHS included:
- Swedish massage
- Pregnancy massage
- Deep Tissue massage
- Sports massage
- Geriatric massage
- Infant massage
- Trigger Point therapy
- Integrated massage techniques
- Esalen Massage
- Basic Reflexology
Wanting to help her clients more, Jennifer went back to school and received a license in 2008, from the Minnesota School of Cosmetology, as a Nail Technologist. She now uses this knowledge to education her clients on proper self care techniques for medical issues as well as what to expect from foot care specialists.
Jennifer is committed to the well-being of everyone around her and it shows through her dedication to the community. Her current community volunteer positions include:
- Past President & Past Secretary of the New-Park Lions Club
- Lions Clubs International- 2015-2016 District Governor
- Founder and Executive Director of Acornerstone in Health Education Services, Inc. (A non-profit health education Organization.)
- Member of the Park-Port Lioness Club and Past President
- Lions Clubs International- Past District 5M6 Zone 4 Chair person
- Former Secretary of the Lions Multiple District 5M Hearing Foundation
- Former Secretary of the Board of Directions for Basic Needs, Inc. DBA Stone Soup Thrift Shop
- Member and current Vice President for the Circle of Connections chapter of Business Network International in Cottage Grove.
Nicole Haapala- Reiki Master Practitioner
Nicole is the newest member of the No Knots staff. Nicole’s primary role at the office is as Jennifer’s clerical assistant but she is an intuitive practitioner as well. She recently received her certification as a Master Reiki Energy Work Practitioner and will now be offering Energetic services out of the No Knots office as well.
Nicole’s knowledge of holistic therapies reaches passed her passion for Reiki and is illustrated in her interest for healing stones and crystal therapies. While she does not consider herself an expert in the area of crystals and stones, she is extremely knowledgeable in how to use them effectively within healing and meditation practices. She understands the great benefit to anyone who is wearing or holding particular stones/crystals and can help advise people in their stone/crystal choices to help speed up emotional, physical and spiritual healing.
Not only is Nicole a perfect fit for No Knots in that she has a passion for helping people through intuitive holistic bodywork, she has a history in the service industry. Nicole has been a licensed cosmetologist for 9 years and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and serve people from all walks of life.
We are blessed to have her on our staff and are certain that her presence in the office lends to the calming environment that we strive for.
Michelle Hartwick, Certified Massage Therapist
Michelle graduated from the Globe University Massage Therapy certification program with highest honors in September 2016. She has a fascination for, and a love of, learning how the systems of the body work. This fascination allowed her to excel in the Kinesiology and Anatomy/Physiology classes that she took while in school.
Michelle has spent much of her life in careers, such as accounting, real estate sales and office management. All of which involve skilled organization, time management, public speaking and communication. This has led to a deep understanding of how the body is affected by desk work, computer work and stress in general. She has also learned to recognize the pain, tension patterns and other symptoms that present themselves when you are working in these capacities.
Michelle has recently come to the realization that something was missing from her life and found that she was not living a life that was fulfilling her sense of purpose. After a lot of research, she found Massage Therapy to be more aligned with her passions. It also gives her an outlet to reconnect within herself and as well as use her energetic healing gifts. She has always wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and has a great desire to help ease people’s pain. Massage is a perfect balance for her.
For the past twenty years, Michelle has received regular massage and bodywork treatments and has always been amazed at the difference massage made on her well-being. She recognizes that we all struggle through stress and she sees the significant amount of symptoms that show as a side-effect to everyday stressers. This has shown her how important massage and bodywork can be in keeping our body systems in harmony and overall good health.
Michelle plans to continue learning and growing as a healing practitioner. She would like to pursue training in Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy and Energetic healing modalities in order to help a broader range of individuals. She has a soft spot in her heart for individuals that are struggling through end of life transitions and would also like to volunteer some of her time caring for those in that phase of life.
Michelle spends her free time travelling, connecting with nature, creating and experiencing music and connecting with family. She is a balanced soul and we are ecstatic to have her on our team!