LightPath Clinical Massage Therapies
Janet Hellweg LicNCBTMB

About Me

Hi Folks,


Since, I will be helping you manage your aches and pains and other restrictions, I want you to know a little of my background.   After receiving my certification of 650+ hours of training in western massage, I wanted to continue learning more on how I can help eliminate various types of pain. Everything is about the proper alignment of the body in space, which involves the integration of the five aspects of Being. The physical body self, mental thinker self, emotional psychological self, spiritual in-depth self, and the psychic self must balance for the total self to heal.  The first three selves are affected the first and the deepest.  Traumas occur in different degrees from the moment of birth till present day throwing the body out of alignment and generating cycles of pain and injury.  These restrictions can be cause by macro traumas such as accidents or injuries and micro traumas such as daily work habits.  My goal is to bring the body back into alignment by using various massage modalities to release the restrictions in the fascia or webbing or inter-connective tissue as well as the muscles of the body which then allows the body to sleep to continue the healing into the remaining two selves. 


My biggest influences in this lifetime are from Rolfers, Hellerworkers, Osteopaths, and others who teach their research of movement and fascia.  I earned my 96-hour certification in Myofascial Release Massage through Howard Rontal, father of Myofascial Release Massage and a Hellerworker.  Hellerwork is a gentler form of Rolfing.  Both forms of massage are about aligning the body in space.  Thomas Meyers, a Rolfer, has research and written extensively about body alignment and tensegrity.  He is consider the father of Anatomy Trains where the body is consider a system of kinesiology or movement along fascial lines of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone.  These lines are akin to the twelve meridians in Traditional Chinese medicine.


With my focus on the Alignment of the Body I have been studying the works of many practioners and have now focus on three osteopaths: Leon Chatow from England, Perrier Barrel from France, and Eric Dalton from the States who resides in Costa Rica (Eric Dalton is a Rolfer who studied for his doctorate in osteopathic manipulation of the body {DO}).  Leon Chatow has produced three great books of teaching on three great massage modalities, Neuromuscular Therapy, Positional Release Techniques, and Muscle Energy Techniques and certified instructors to teach these massage modalities who then certified other followers.  I have achieved my 96-hour certification in Neuromuscular Therapy through Jeff Muladeen, who also studied under Thomas Meyers to earn his KMI.  In Neuromuscular Therapy the body is regarded as a series of trigger points and acupressure points where trauma may lodged.  Massage modalities such as Janet Traval's Trigger Point Therapy, Pin n Stretch, and PFN, are use with long or short massage strokes and holding with adjunct movement of the breath to gain release of trauma in the tissues, restore balance, and achieve alignment as the body returns to stability.


Alignment is affected by what goes on inside the body as well.  What affects the outside, affects the inside and what affects the inside, affects the outside.  Pierre Barrel has continued to refine the massage hands-on Japanese modality of work for the organs to eliminate pain and restrictions in the body to bring about balance and alignment in space.  96-hour certified study in Visceral Manipulation involves the hands listening to the mobility and motility of each organ, their tendons and ligaments surrounded in fascia, and their relationship to each other.  The focus is for the hands to listen to the body’s story and with slight massage movement release the restrictions surrounding the organ, thus freeing the organ to perform at its optimum, thus freeing muscle and bone articulations giving the body more painless freedom of movement as it settles into the alignments.  To fully understand this modality one must fully know Anatomy/Physiology and listen and feel intuitively with 5 grams of pressure of touch through your hands.  As of 2017 I have continue to expand my studies into Pierre Barrel teachings of Neural Manipulation.  This study involves using gentle narrow massage to manipulate the nerves eliminating the buds (similar to knots in muscle fibers) either by massaging the structures of the cranium and the dura mater that incases the spinal cord as it travels along the spine to the coccyx/tailbone region and gently massaging the nerves in the extremities of the arms and legs. The nerves can developed buds when overwhelmed by falls to the sacrum and coccyx or blunt force trauma to any of the extremities and the cranium restricting the muscles movement along the nerve.


I want to take some time to mention my certified skills for neo-natal and post-natal massage for mothers. It is very important to address all the painful issues you are having during this time. Due to the surge of hormones to prep the body for growth of the fetus into a baby, then labor and delivery, and the sudden or gradual lessing of the hormones after delivery all the five aspects of the self are fully charged.  My training will relieve these issues creating a better bonding experience between your greatest aspect(s) experience as a woman and the child you bring into your environment.


Eric Dalton who fathered a 120 certification course called Myofascial Skeletalmuscle Technique approaches massage work on the body primary through a combination of positional release and muscle energy techniques to bring the body close to or back to its painless former range of movement. The approach is based on kinesiology, orthopedic massage, and osteopathic approaches to the body.  The patient is required to perform certain stretches and exercises to maintain this work.  I acquired 80 hours of certification from Whitney Lowes Orthopedic assessment and massage to augment Eric Daltons work in the kinesiology aspect of dysfunction in the body. 


To round off my practice I found energy work helpful in addressing those blocks that occur to the auric part of the body that prevents me from working on the body and leads me to the part of the body that must be unlock energetically before the body can respond to any type of hands on massage modalities.   For instance Reiki is a Japanese energy healing art that uses the chakra system to unlock blocks in the body’s energy field.  This is very useful modality for anyone who has had radiation treatments, electro shock treatments, or encounter high rates of electrical energy, or simply has been shocked by a traumatic event.  Where as Cranial Sacral Therapy is energy work that works with the energy flow of the cerebral spinal fluid to address any blocks originating along and from the dura mater and cranium that would affect a smooth even pumping flow of the fluid. Thus a freely moving coccyx and its joint with the sacrum must be release if restricted. Plus, massage along the cranium sutures will allow supple movement of the plates of the cranium so the pumping of fluid through the dura mater is smooth and unheeded. The supple energy work of any kind integrates the patient's spiritual and psychic awareness to the emotional self, helping to release any possible self destructive thinking and creates mindful body awareness of their surroundings.


As I follow my intuition in my work I study to understand what I encounter in my work.  I do not know anything about you and your pain till I observe your movement and my hands touch your body. The body relays information telling me what the pain is and where the source lies, and you tell me how and when it happened.  I hope this has helped you understand a little of what I do.   Thank you for your time.  I look forward to helping you with your healing.