Karel began working in 2000 at the holistic center Sound Body, Sound Brain with Joseph Cordes, PT/GCFP. She joined his therapeutic team in 2010 after completing her training in acupressure, neurofeedback trainer (2004) Zengar, and the Feldenkrais Method® (certified by Jeremy Kraus in 2009, certified by the North American Feldenkrais Guild, and has attended annual Advanced Feldenkrais training with Francois Combeau). Karel runs two Awareness Through Movement® groups each week for our company. Many of these group members become clients of hers as well, seeking Functional Integration work blended with her acupressure and psychology training.
In 2012, Karel was introduced to ATMAT R, the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy®. Karel felt so changed by these time-honored techniques, she became a certified practitioner in April of 2016 and completed (October 2017) the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® [Supporting Pregnancy from Preconception through the Postpartum Period], as well as certified Advanced Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® in fall of 2019. In Feb 2020, she completed Level I Mayan Techniques of Spiritual Healing, with enhances the effectiveness of the therapeutic interaction with all her clients.
Karel’s early career foundation began with a degree in Psychology/Special Education (GVSU ’95) and in teaching students with learning, cognitive, and hearing impairments. This teaching and psychology experience/training only adds to her depth of connection with her clients and her ability to communicate methods of holistic self-care via her Arvigo practice, her Feldenkrais method, and her acupressure skills.
Karel believes that each person contains the potential for healing and wholeness within themselves and she is passionate about helping them to unlock and enhance that potential. An avid student of yoga, meditation, qi gong and mindful living, she expresses the ideal:
“FUN ENHANCES LIFE.”