Hello, I’m Brittney Shawnee’ Atkinson (she/her) – wife, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga teacher, certified energy medicine practitioner and somatic self-care advocate. I seek to dedicate my skills to help people who are struggling to manage their emotional, physical and/or spiritual well-being due to internal and external stress. Motivated by my personal experiences with stress and pain, my work explores the intersections of cultural identity, emotional intimacy, spirituality and pleasure activism as facets of healing and restoration as well as connection in the mind-body and with others.
For a long time, I didn’t feel at home in my own body. I felt betrayed by its inability to measure up to a long list of social demands. Even in my attempts to wind down, restlessness and discomfort were constant companions. As I sought solutions, I couldn’t help but notice how many of my family, friends and community members were suffering through similar experiences. Even scarier than that, I had come to realize the level at which this suffering had become normalized within the culture and how acknowledgement of it as well as an effort to seek change was often dismissed or undermined.
And so, for over the last decade, I’ve been on an everlasting journey of self-study and healing; learning about the brilliance of the body’s intelligence and how, for many of us, it has been suppressed by social stressors and complex trauma. Amazed at the wisdom and effectiveness of various holistic healing methods, I continue to educate myself. I’ve made it my mission to share these transformative works and practices in order to support and provide people with sustainable options for self-care so they can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Through my studies, I’ve had the privilege of being influenced by forward-thinkers such as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk – author of The Body Keeps the Score, and adrienne maree brown – writer and activist who coined the term “Pleasure Activism”, to name a couple. Their work has led me to a deeper understanding of selfhood and to more authentic ways for me to help cultivate change through my own work. Emphasizing a sense of autonomy, connection and community as we learn how to do this life thing together; whether in the face of day-to-day stress or oppressive social structures.
This site is a space where I share my thoughts, experiences, studies, work and ways to connect. If you believe I can be of service to you or your organization, please contact me.
LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
Therapeutic massage is a skilled form of touch that can help restore balance and relaxation in the mind and body. I use an intuitive approach in applying various bodywork and energy healing techniques to bring more ease and awareness to the body.
ENERGY MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Energy healing addresses the electric energy that runs through and radiates from the body. I use an integration of Reiki, Pranic Healing and sound therapy to influence the energy fields of the clients fields to promote vitality and well-being.
CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR
On a deep spiritual level, yoga allows us to practice and embody “Oneness”, the understanding that everyone and everything exists in relationship to each other. Reconnect with the True Essence of Being through breath, movement and meditation exercises.
HEALING & TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE
As there is much work ahead in the process of creating positive social change, it is imperative to keep self-care at the forefront. Register for scheduled community embodied yoga classes or book me to teach and/or provide bodywork for your private group. If your community or organization is in need of holistic wellness support, I’d love to talk more with you about how I can best be of service.
THE AWKWARD ARIES PODCAST
Come join the conversation and let’s explore various aspects of the human experience together! I’ll be interviewing interesting people from different walks of life and sharing my own story as we dig into the infinite and multifaceted complexities of our wondrous existence.