ABOUT SHUNYATA HEALING ARTS
Based in Crestone, Colorado, Shunyata Healing Arts exists to provide integrated massage therapy to all and increase access to education, self practice and holistic health. Shunyata founder, Anita Poushan trained under Dan Retuta and Sue Beck at the Crestone Healing Arts Center in 2016 in Swedish massage, acupressure, reiki, hot stone massage, aromatherapy and reflexology with a foundation in kundalini, chi gong, tai chi, Aryuvedic and traditional Chinese medicine systems.
Before founding Shunyata Healing Arts in 2016, Anita was a social justice organizer in Washington DC where she began studying the relationship between social systems and health. While working as an organizer on environment, anti-nuclear weapons campaigns, documentary film and volunteering with Black Lives Matters, she started studying herbalism, food systems and kundalini yoga.
Now a licensed massage therapist since 2016 and Ashtanga practitioner, Anita has worked to provide massage therapy and body work across the Crestone community for individuals, retreats, and gatherings, working with Valley View Hot Springs and Zapata Ranch as well as working with Annie Pace to prepare community Sattvic meals. Recently attending the 2018 Health Justice Jam in DC, Anita continues to focus her work at the intersection between healing arts and community.
Shunyata HEALING ARTS Founder
Anita Poushan LMT
Treatments & Scheduling
Each treatment starts with a 5-10 min intake to understand any physical emotional changes in one’s life which might affect the treatment focus. All treatments are integrated with Swedish massage as the core modality, using aspects of Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reflexology and Aromatherapy to aid in releasing any disharmony in the body. Hydrotherapy and Hot Stone massage are available upon request.
CONTACT & BOOKING
To book a treatment with Shunyata Healing Arts or inquire about potential collaborations, workshops or details email or call Anita at
INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS & LOCATIONS
Based in Crestone, Shunyata works on location for retreats, community gatherings or individuals across Santa, Fe and Crestone, up to Denver and Boulder. Anita also works with a lovely team of massage therapists at the Orient Land Trust’s Valley View Hot Springs, 45 minutes from Crestone, and can be booked on location at the hot springs. Shunyata provides a sliding scale of treatments to ensure that health and body work are accessible to all.
Swedish massage is the foundation of Anita’s integrated treatments and the most common contemporary massage modality. Unlike jin shin do, acupressure or acupuncture which target individual points in the body for release, Swedish is characterized by long strokes across the body to improve overall health by enhancing the circulation of blood and lymph, muscle tension release, joint flexibility, and mind-body relaxation.
SHIATSU & Acupressure
A traditionally Japanese massage therapy modality, Shiatsu is based on the Chinese Traditional concept of Chi,Qi, or Ki (气)- energy movement. By focusing specific points in the body along the energy’s meridian lines, similar to acupressure, Shiatsu focuses on the release of energy and blockages. Acupressure, from Chinese Traditional Medicine and like acupuncture, targets blockages along the meridians for release using touch instead of needles.
An element of reflexology and awareness of the system of reflexology, working with the correlation between the feet, hands and the body, into each treatment. The feet and hands contain “reflex” points which influence organs, glands, and body “zones”. Massaging these reflex centers encourages new vigor to flow into the corresponding areas of the body.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is special treatment modality, requiring the heating at a consistent temperature of hot stones that are used to calm and release muscular areas while receiving treatment. To retain heat, the stones are often basalt, a type of volcanic rock.
SHUNYATA HEALING ARTS
Continuing from Anita’s work in social justice, community and environmental organizing, Shunyata approaches body work and wellness as empowerment by activating the bodies’ self-healing capacity. She works within the community to build health confidence, a term she encourages her clients to use to build self-awareness and feel empowered to understand their individual healing process, focusing on bridging the mind body gap while rooting in education and self-awareness. Integrated treatments help us to understand blockages through acupressure, acupuncture, shiatsu or jin shin do, imbalances in our muscular or internal harmony with Swedish massage, calming of the nervous system with hydrotherapy and aromatherapy and intakes help us think through the relationship between our food systems, mental health, environment, personal history, recent life changes and socio-political state.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Licensed Massage Therapist CO.
Crestone Healing Arts Center
Kundalini Teacher Training
French Studies. Université de Strasbourg
Film STUDIES. Arts du Spectacles
B.A. Political Science & Gender Studies.
University of Central Florida
Anita studied at Crestone Healing Arts Center, where massage is a spiritual as well as a technical discipline, focusing on understanding the nature of disease and the structural and functional changes produced by these dysfunctions. In addition to training in the specific modalities, her coursework spanned unified quantum field theory, basic cell biology, biochemistry, human musculoskeletal, nervous, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, circulatory, lymphatic, renal, hepatic, immune, reproductive, integumentary, endocrine systems and the indications and contra indications to massage and bodywork to build a safe and ethical professional practice.
During her B.A. in political science, Anita focused on gender studies, community organising, international policy and non-profits. She was a member of S.D.S., students for a democratic society, and worked across issues from animal rights, domestic violence, the military industrial complex, Food Not Bombs and environmental justice.
Anita is conversationally fluent in French and Farsi and is passionately learning Spanish.
Dan Retuta, Crestone Healing Arts Center
“When individuals choose to heal themselves, the healing of the planet becomes a simultaneous occurrence.”
Crestone, Colorado is located in Southern Colorado, along the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, nestled in the San Luis Valley, two hours north of Taos, New Mexico. Shunyata Healing arts also provides treatments at the Orient Land Trust, Valley View Hot Springs.