About ReLeaf Bodywork Therapy

ReLeaf Bodywork Therapy was born from the premise that we all have the ability to bloom and grow in body, mind and soul when we are nurtured, loved and supported. 

At ReLeaf Bodywork Therapy you can experience deeply nourishing and renewing bodywork along with mindfulness practices that support you on your journey to healing and growth.  Lisa supports and guides clients to cultivate a balanced nervous system response while re-aligning structural and energetic imbalances that can be at the heart of your pain and distress.

Discover deep reservoirs of energy, support and resources which allow you to make healthy, creative, conscious choices in your life.

“Lisa Tennant’s gentle bodywork is life changing on many levels. In addition to providing relief from pain and tension, her protocol addresses the whole person: body, mind, emotions and soul. This work activates your internal healing process. Each session with Lisa is enlightening, relaxing and healing”.
— Heidi

Experiences that occur in our environment and our life are reflected within our body

About Lisa Tennant, MS, LMT

Lisa Tennant, MS, LMT  Owner and Therapist

Lisa Tennant, MS, LMT
Owner and Therapist

The creation of ReLeaf Bodywork Therapy is a culmination of Lisa's life experiences, her deep interest in the human body and psyche along with her desire to support healing and growth individually and collectively.  

Professionally, Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field.  In the early years of her career she worked in Cardiac Rehabilitation as an Exercise Specialist in settings which included inpatient cardiac care and outpatient exercise therapy and education. Her role was to listen to the needs and goals of her patients, provide rehabilitative services to meet those goals along with preventive education and support. At times Lisa observed a lack of support and understanding for patients with more advanced and complicated healthcare needs.  She believes that we can always do more to support one another even if it is as simple as listening with an open mind and a compassionate heart. 

Her experience with medical challenges occurred while her oldest daughter was 10 years old and began suffering from severe, debilitating migraine headaches.  After seeing many specialists and enduring procedures, numerous drug regimens and a hospital stay, Lisa's daughter was told that there was nothing more western medicine had to offer her. This was the catalyst to launch Lisa into the world of holistic medicine and the seed that would later bloom into ReLeaf Bodywork Therapy. 

Lisa began studying Craniosacral Therapy to assist her daughter in finding pain relief while meeting with many Integrative practitioners to obtain a holistic approach to migraine prevention and wellness.  Her initial practice began at her home studio to accommodate life/family balance. Over the years, many gifts and challenges continue to remind her to embrace the "Full Catastrophe of Living" in the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

Embrace, learn and grow from it all!

Lisa's personal life experiences have shaped the philosophy of her practice. She has journeyed through infertility, adoption and the birth of her second child in 2000. In 2015 Lisa welcomed the birth of her first granddaughter who keeps her busy and reminds her of the joy, curiosity and energy of youth.

Today her studio is found within the Clock Tower Office Park on the west side of Madison, where you can savor the beauty of nature from her office window and stroll through the quaint courtyard.  The evolution of her practice reflects her life experiences and journey. She understands the importance of finding comfort, clarity, connection, balance and joy in her own body, mind and life. She understands the challenges women and parents face and she is passionate about supporting families that are facing challenges related to physical, emotional and mental health. 

In her free time she loves soaking up all that nature has to offer with her family and friends.  You may find her walking her spunky, rescue dog Ziggy, kayaking at Lake Wingra or exploring Madison's bike trails. 

Namaste!

Lisa's Qualifications and Training:

  • Masters of Science in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Adult Fitness

  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist

  • State and Nationally certified as a Massage and Bodywork Therapist

  • Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner

  • Craniosacral and Neurovascular Integration Practitioner (training with Upledger Institute and Neurovascular Institute)

  • Foundation Certification with Soul Lightening Acupressure

  • Acupressure Mastery training with Michael Reed Gach, PhD.

  • Add Heart Facilitator with HeartMath


Studio

Therapeutic Bodywork Space

Therapeutic Bodywork Space

Mindful Movement Space

Mindful Movement Space

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Main Entrance to 6417 Odana Rd. Suite in Lower Level 4 B and C

Main Entrance to 6417 Odana Rd. Suite in Lower Level 4 B and C

Interior Courtyard

Interior Courtyard

Therapies offered

Acupressure

Acupressure is an ancient healing art. Finger pressure is used on key points to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. It encourages the release of muscle tension, increases circulation of blood and the flow of the body’s vital life force (chi). Like acupuncture, acupressure accesses the energy of the body through the points and meridian pathways to influence the health and well-being of a person. In this system, symptoms are considered an expression of the state of the whole body.

To Learn More go to: www.Acupressure.com and www.soulightening.com


Craniosacral Therapy & Neurovascular Integration Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy- Upleger Institute

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1: a light-touch, whole-body treatment technique developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM; works with the body’s craniosacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system — improving overall health and well-being.

2: a complementary method of hands-on bodywork; works with the natural and unique rhythms of the different body systems to pinpoint and address problem sources.

3: helps to alleviate the aches, pains and strains of life; improves coping mechanisms to allow for better management of stress.

4: improves the body’s ability to self-care; can produce profound, positive changes.

CranioSacral Therapy: [Origin:1970s.] Coined by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM to describe the treatment modality that he developed during his research at Michigan State University

To Learn more go to: www.Upledger.com

Neurovascular Integration Therapy

Information excerpted from Cathy Holway and www.Neurovasculartherapy.com

The story of NVI is the story of three therapies:

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Profound Neutral

  • Neurovascular Integration

Craniosacral Therapy: An Outdated Story

Craniosacral Therapy has its American roots in the birth of Osteopathy, as founded by Andrew Taylor Still in the mid-1800s. Dr. Still developed a treatment story and  philosophy that sought to honor the original perfection of body, spirit and mind, with techniques to mobilize the healing flow of arterial blood throughout the body. The work that we know today as Craniosacral Therapy generally refers to a light-touch therapy that addresses the bones, membranes and fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Therapists generally focus on manipulating their perception of the cranial rhythm to mobilize cranial bones and membranes.

However, even a light touch can carry a heavy intention and introduce more confusion and trauma into an already-stressed nervous system. Over the years that I worked  with the story of the craniosacral-therapy system, I realized that if I held a very neutral yet supportive intention, without blending into the patient's process, the self-corrective process of the nervous system could show itself with more vitality and more meaningful results. This approach named itself "Profound Neutral." Profound Neutral grew from a way to be present with various fluid flows in the body to its more accurate presence as a way to communicate with the nervous system.

Profound Neutral: Our Work

Profound Neutral is a way of holding the tissues without blending, without intention, and without directive action. We are connecting lightly with the skin to engage the autonomic nervous system - and the brain - as a non-threatenting contact. This allows the nervous system to create pathways of safety from brain to periphery, that then allows better fluid flow, respiration and the neurochemical signalling of relaxation and healing flow. All multi-cellular organisms find their balance in the 'neutral zones' of their physiology; it is to this restorative balance point that we resonate. Profound Neutral supports the body at its key point of balance and reorganization; it allows the brain and body to change in ways that are authentic and meaningful. It allows the patient to feel their own original flow of health and own their internal resources for healing.

Neurovascular Integration: Our Neuroscience Foundation

Neurovascular Integration comes from the depths of Profound Neutral. From the starting place of our own dynamic stillness, we place hands on our patients to awaken their resonance with their own place of stillness: this is the restorative place in the nervous system, where the stressful sympathetic system can find its balance with the peaceful, powerful parasympathetic system. This is the critical dance of the nervous and neuroendocrine systems. An agile nervous system is a healthy one. In our work, we engage the patient in the process of  focused breathing for self-regulation ("Breathe It"), introducing self-awarenes to the physical sensations that arise with this focus ("Feel It") and then create a new story about the process ("Name It!"), which facilitates neurochemical responses that allow us to "re-wire" the stress patterns in the brain and body to healthier, more positive patterns.

Neurovascular Integration utilizes basic hand-holds from foot to head as we connect lightly with the body and engage the brain and nervous system. With this opportunity, the brain can reconnect to the body in vital, healthy ways, typically resulting in spontaneous, corrective movements and a pleasant remembering of physical ease. When we feel safe in our bodies, we can move safely in the world.

Neurovascular Integration... a breath, a feeling, a story and movement that simply makes sense to body and brain.

To Learn More go to: www.Neurovasculartherapy.com


Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a hands-on body mind therapy that has the ability to restore you to a state of more optimal health on every level of your being. A session can assist in quieting your mind, stabilize emotions and enhance your overall sense of well-being.

A trained Zero Balancing Practitioner is skilled at evaluating physical structure including joints, soft tissue tension patterns and overall alignment through touch and observation. They are trained to evaluate movement and energy flow through the body.

Fulcrums or finger pressure point are placed on areas of tension that directly or indirectly connect to bone and your skeletal structure. The fulcrums serve as balancing points that assist the body in releasing tension patterns. Soft tissues can relax and re-align around this balancing point while the internal energetic system re-aligns and re-organizes.

To Learn More go to: www.Zerobalancing.com