Cathy Podd (she/her) is a 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, 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 and in school for astrology. Cathy is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in providing services, classes and providing resources while continuing to learn, grow, and do personally and professionally.
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.
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 has been under her mentor, Mary Novotny since 2018 and is now is in formal training under Austin Coppock for the astrology profession. 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 bodywork treatment techniques have included 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 life arts and teaching parents and caregivers how to integrate massage at home. Cathy strives to be caring and authentic in her teachings
Along with treating clients and teaching, she also enjoys mixing up her latest blends of The Astrothecary.
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:
- Clinical Aromatherapy Certification and Master Certification (900+ Hours)
- Clinical Herbalism Certification (250 Hours)
- Foundations of Astrology with Austin Coppock (current)
- Usui Reiki I, II, ART & Master Teacher (2012-2014)
- Certification in Meditation (Florida State University)
- Psychological Bodywork Focus: Mechanics of Meditation
- Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master with William Lee Rand
- Infant Massage For the Professional
- Benevolent Touch (Geriatric Massage)
- Massage for PTSD
- Pediatric Massage For the Professional
- Massage For Autism (Professional)
- Hot Stone Massage
- Guasha Massage