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About

Discover IMAGE Massage Therapy

Welcome to IMAGE. A Christian massage ministry focused on truth, healing, love, and you. We believe when you touch a person, you touch the heart, body, soul, and spirit of another.

Unhealed life experiences and memories often limit us from moving forward and clearly seeing, accepting and embracing our true greatness, beauty, strength and image. It is in sacred touch that God’s love is poured into the physical and emotional wounds of life. We at IMAGE witness God’s healings, listening to your story, walking with you on your journey pouring blessings, acceptance, and love into every cell of your body.

God Bless and Shalom

 

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History

It has always been a dream of mine to have a spa that is focused on the needs of the heart, that gives you the warm feeling of coming home. The sensation I wished to conjure was of going to visit a beloved grandparent, where one can be honest, without fear of judgment, bringing all of your burdens from the day, laying them down to be healed with a soothing, loving compassion. This is a place where you are treated not as a customer, but welcomed as a special and precious kindred, a member of our family.

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Mission

Our desire is to create a heavenly, nurturing and memorable experience that allows for one to be aware of their own inner beauty, peace, and their deepest connection with their spirit, leading to rejuvenation, relaxation, and transformation.

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Philosophy

The body, soul, and spirit is a trinity which cannot be separated in a person. Thus for the greatest relief, rejuvenation, and peace, it is essential to address all three together as a whole.  When one aspect is out of alignment, an entire life be out of balance.

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Guiding Principles

The transformative experience of massage requires a practitioner to observe, in daily practice, a strong ethical foundation rooted in the utmost professionalism. These philosophies guide the relationship between the practitioner and the client, grounded in mutual respect and humanity.

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Exclusive Services Offered

Each of our exclusive IMAGE Lomi Lomi Massages is specifically personalized to the needs of the person receiving the healing remedy.

IMAGE Lomi Lomi Massages are unique in addressing your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental needs as inseparable, thus giving you the opportunity to have a deeper massage experience. Our lomi lomi massages blend the powerful healing techniques of listening, touch, forgiveness, blessing, and Christian prayer in a safe, loving and judgement-free environment.

It is our wish, that when you depart, you feeling as if you have been touched and loved by God, restored, reconnected and renewed, seeing your true inner beauty. 

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Therapists

An Unexpected Journey

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Daren Pagenkopf

Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003

National BCTMB 388478-00

Wisconsin 2691-146

 

An unexpected journey is an accurate way to describe the path that my life has taken. I have been very fortunate to have some doors open, while other ones close gently, leading and sometimes pushing me to where I need to go in my life for my profession and personal healing.

It started back in 2002 when I was looking for a new challenge that would allow for great flexibility to pursue my newly found passions for travel, the outdoors, and snowboarding…little did I know that the decision to attend massage school would change my life forever.  Personally, I was extremely naïve to what massage really was, with my only exposure to it having been shaped by films, portraying it as an extravagant treatment that people enjoyed on vacation and appearing to me, frankly, as just a really expensive oil application that anyone could do. My preconception couldn’t have been more misled. In school, I was amazed at the impact massage could have on the physical body and learned that massages could literally change someone’s life.  As part of my training I conducted an eight-week research project to study the effects that weekly massages had on bodily awareness and the self-image of people.  This hands-on research further brought to light the power of massage on an emotional and mental level. These experiences through my training further ignited the fascination and inquisitiveness I had with the body, how it works, its ability to change and affect all parts of a person’s life.  A key concept that stuck was that when we learn to connect, listen, and take care of our body, it has a remarkable ability to heal itself.

This wealth of knowledge of the body that I had gained continued to grow as I attended the Institute of Beauty & Wellness- an Aveda School for Esthiology. While I was employed at a four star spa in Lake Tahoe I continued to pursue furthering my education in all aspects of the body. Training in LaStone Therapy, Mayan Abdominal Therapy Techniques and Thai Massage gave me further insight and exposure into the potential spiritual & energetic power of touch. The gifted teachers I trained under, so beautifully brought the spiritual and energetic component into the style I was developing. By implementing these aspects into my massages I discovered an element in the work that was missing when solely working the body on a physical level.

These stages of my training were all preparing me to travel to Hawaii and to have a profound life changing experience, both personally and professionally in 2012. Being exposed to traditional Hawaiian healing techniques, specifically the massage art form called Lomi Lomi, brought this about.  It was the most transformative, nurturing, and healing massage style I have ever experienced and the only massage style I have experienced that creates a sacred space for healing by integrating the body, soul and spirit as one through listening, massage, intention, prayer, forgiveness and gratitude. What makes it so unique and powerful is that the recipient is, simply put, treated as sacred and precious. It was while receiving this unique style of massage that I, for the first time in my life, truly felt fully loved, accepted and connected with my authentic self – body, soul, spirit and heart, without having any fear of judgement or condemnation. I knew at that moment I had stumbled upon a treasure that I also wanted others in the world to experience.

The following year, while praying for insight, my whole life was shown to me from God’s perspective exposing family generational patterns that I had fallen into, spirits that had been affecting me and thus potentially affecting those around me. In life as much as I tried to live a Christian life these things where subtly controlling and limiting me from living life as God created me to live in fullness, freedom, peace and joy. Fortunately God’s timing is always perfect and just a few weeks prior I read a book by Francis McNutt, founder of Christian Healing Ministries, which provided the necessary instructions and prayers to heal and free yourself from these spiritual issues. By using these Christian Prayers, I received deep healing from God within my body, feeling an instant relief and peace to the core of my soul. This had such a significant impact on my life that I decided to commit to assisting others in receiving the same healing from God, by fully integrating the powerful healing benefits from body work and Christian prayer into one healing experience.

In 2014, I took the opportunity to further expand and develop skills in healing prayer at Christian Healing Ministries – Schools of Healing Prayer. This unique experience of using only prayer for healing was astounding. While living and finishing the final level in the School of Healing Prayer in Florida, it was revealed to me that I was to come back to Madison and establish IMAGE as a Christian massage ministry.

My unexpected journey lead by the Holy Spirit continues to unfold. Every day I am blessed and taught by the people who come across my path and join me at the massage table. I only hope that I can be part of your own journey into self-discovery by creating a safe, supportive, sacred space for you to experience your own journey, discovering yourself through the connection of your own body, soul and spirit.

 

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Laurel Brack

Licensed Massage Therapist since 2014

National BCTMB

Wisconsin 14394-146

This lifelong journey of exploring who I truly am and accepting every part of myself has been an essential part of my career as a therapist. As a little girl, I remember being so excited to jump on top of my mom and sister to rub their backs for them. From a young age, my mother had taught me so much about healing through touch. It was her massages that inspired me to want to give back in the same way. Later on in life, I realized that giving and receiving love through touch was essential to embracing my own identity as a woman.

The exploration of where my career was going to eventually land has taken me full-circle back to who I am at my core. My first inspiration was to become a physical therapist so I started working as a rehab technician in the hospital while also taking the required prerequisite coursework. I learned a lot about myself in those four years. It was there in the hospital that I was able to see people for who they really were and just be able to spend time hearing what was on their hearts. Just appreciating the little things in life was a huge lesson and sometimes all people want is to be seen through all of the chaos. Sometimes a sweet little old lady making a simple comment could make my whole day. It’s such a beautiful thing to see the inner beauty of a person flowing out through their open heart. Each one of the physical and occupational therapists taught me so much about having a heart for each one of their patients even through the really hard times.

After working in the hospital for quite awhile, I felt like God was calling me to be somewhere else and I landed at Logan College of Chiropractic. It was there that I learned a lot about the human body and how it functions. I also learned how to be very persistent. Each of my instructors and other students that I got to know very well had a jewel of knowledge and a lesson to teach me. Unfortunately, a little over a year after starting at Logan some very difficult personal issues came into my life and I had to quit the program. I felt completely hopeless. I was at rock bottom when God pulled me up again. My search for a job also seemed to be impossible until I had a door finally open for a position in a spa as a receptionist. For the first time in my life, I started to understand how massage therapy was extremely beneficial in getting people out of pain and improving their lives as a whole.

In May of 2014, I walked into the Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO and all of the doors seemed to be opening for me again. I started the massage therapy program there and I began to heal on a deep level. I learned so much from each of my instructors about breath, intention, bodywork, and caring for myself. They were each incredibly gifted and brought their own insight and perspective to the table. While one instructor presented the flow, the art, and the beauty of massage and movement like a dance; another contrasted with therapeutic touch, long patient holds, and a deep understanding of allowing the tissues of the body to release. The third instructor intertwined these ideas with his meditative perspective of connecting the breath with the heart, mind, body, and spirit. His sessions not only had a very strong intention for healing, but they also focused on being in the present moment with the person on the table. Experiencing massage with this level of presence was incredibly profound and transformative. I began to see how massage could be so much more than a way for people to relax or be pampered. It was a way of creating a sacred space for someone to heal on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Having this space to heal on the massage table was truly transforming people’s lives, hearts, and bodies. One day in class I was working on one of my classmates and began to pray for her with my hands on her heart. She suddenly flung her hands up in the air like she had been shocked with electricity. I was really worried at the time, but looking back God had already been showing me how powerful prayer could be just by itself. My heart grew and changed so much in that year. I had never felt something so intentional in my life. Graduation came way too soon. After transforming and growing so much with all of these individuals it was the hardest thing to say goodbye and have to part ways.

My career as a therapist started immediately at the spa I was currently working at. I had tremendous support there and it was like our team had become a close-knit family. With my eagerness to please at the time, I had a lot of lessons with setting boundaries with clients. It was a time where I had to learn my own physical limitations with massage and really learn to take care of myself.

I then moved across the country to North Carolina having to leave all of my friends and loved ones behind. The first place I lived was a military town in the middle of nowhere. It took some time for me to find a job and get used to the culture of people there. Luckily I found a spa and eventually also started working with a doctor of chiropractic in her office. Both places that I worked truly made me feel like I was part of their family. Working with the doctor of chiropractic, I was able to see many difficult cases and focus on getting people out of chronic and acute pain as quickly as possible. The therapist that I was working with at the spa had so much to teach me about the willingness to work hard and thrive as a small business owner. With much blood, sweat, and tears, as they say, we were able to have a mutual respect for each other and help each other out in every way possible. Letting go again of the support and people that I cared about, I was off to Charlotte.

In Charlotte, things were a whole different story. I was able to get a job immediately as a massage therapist in a spa and it didn’t take long at all for me to connect with coworkers and get extremely busy. Most weeks I was busy working six days a week with little time to decompress. Being there was another huge lesson for me to be able to set boundaries and be able to take care of myself as well as others. While I was living out in Charlotte, I decided to go to the World Massage Festival to take several classes. Since several of the classes that I really wanted to take were going on at the same time, I took a step back and asked God which class I should take. I ended up taking a class in Esalen massage that He used to transform my life.

This Esalen class was like hitting the reset button for me. Not only did it take me back to where I started as a therapist, it made a profound impact on my life. I was able to break free from the routines that I had created and get back to just breathing, listening, and being in the moment with the person on the table. It was there that I met a classmate that God had sent my way for a very particular reason. During this session, God opened up my eyes to see what His presence truly felt like again. I experienced God’s love and support for me like I had never experienced it before. It was like after years of yearning for His love, He just completely poured out His overwhelming joy and love and patience and acceptance and support and tenderness and peace and power into the very essence of my soul. There was a brief sadness and then immense joy. Complete love. Complete presence. Like just being there with Him with complete gratitude and worship. Nothing else mattered but His great love. There was no embarrassment or shame. Just complete beauty and acceptance of my very core.

When I tried to get up off of the massage table it took me awhile to figure out how to get my clothes back on. I started giggling uncontrollably and made my way to the closing circle where my classmates all hold hands and share their appreciation for the class. Out of respect for my instructor I regained my composure. I had one arm around Daren, the classmate who had worked on me, and one arm around Amanda who I had just met. The instructor noticed the “love fest” going on and one after another all thirty or so classmates shared a group hug. It was in that moment that I felt the joy that God had poured into my heart spread to the entire class. After that, the entire dynamic of our class had changed. So many walls had been broken down and so much more healing took place.

After experiencing God’s presence in such a profound way, my entire life began to change. I began to hear from God in a way that I had never heard from Him before. He seemed so close in everything that I did. I started praying during every one of my massage sessions and God truly healed people in ways that I didn’t think were possible. Soon after, I went out to Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL to take a class in healing prayer. God continued to reveal Himself to me and I knew that I had to listen to what He had put on my heart. I had to let go of everything that I had in North Carolina and move out to Madison, WI to be here at Image. As I continue to grow and listen to what God has planned for my life, I’m able to trust Him more and more everyday.

Each person that I’ve had the honor of meeting and working with on my massage table has taught me more and more about healing, touch, and the heart of God. It is through all of these people that I am able to continue to grow and learn as a therapist.

 

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