John Muraco, ATR, RYT – Philosophy and Experience
Sometimes there are no words to express what a serious life crisis can feel like. The tendency to disconnect from those around you and to lose sight of personal goals is normal, and the ability to express yourself clearly may be diminished. I have often observed, however, that people have their own unique inner resources that can help them heal and re-embrace their lives. Since 2000 I have studied a variety of approaches of creative expression and wellness, for the achievement of self-expression, stress reduction, and the regaining of personal power. These practices have included the visual and performing arts, and holistic lifestyle coaching to promote physical and emotional health. I studied art therapy at the School of Visual Arts where I gained valuable experience using art in hospitals, with amputees, male and female veterans, and people living with cancer, dementia, and other challenging diagnoses. It was clear that art therapy provided a critical space for relaxing, and an expressive outlet for physical pain and deep emotions that were nearly impossible to put into words. More recently I’ve worked with adolescents wrestling with traumatic circumstances; again, the power of creative expression, movement, and free choice have proven to be instrumental in moving forward.
For the past 3 years, my work has been dedicated to a growing practice and wellness center in Southeastern Pennsylvania. HeartWell House Expressive Therapies offers a space where clients and students can gain tools for INNER STILLNESS, EMPOWERMENT, and a deepened CONNECTION to themselves, others and nature. These are the three pillars that I have dedicated my personal and professional life to. I look forward to meeting you!
Credentials & Education:
Masters of Professional Studies – Art Therapy
ATR – Registered Art Therapist
220 hour Kundalini Yoga and Meditation certification
200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification
RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Herbal Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Consultant
Bachelors of Science – Art Education
American Art Therapy Association
As a previous modern dancer, Amy has always experienced movement as being the purest form of expression. She recognizes the body as the home for our emotional, mental and spiritual selves and the importance of keeping it in a high state of balance. She feels that it is through the body that all aspects within ourselves are connected and expressed. Any limitation within the body can become a limitation within life. Given this complexity, Amy works within the emerging paradigm of bio-tensegrity. Amy seeks to identify the primary legion or root cause of pain and dysfunction, in order find lasting solutions. Along the treatment process, Amy enjoys helping people learn more about and connect to their bodies. Amy makes sure to use exercise as a means of sustaining the manual work she provides. Ultimately, Amy believes that each person is their own best therapist and overtime, can become autonomous. Amy is a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in treatment of the fascia throughout the body, including the fascia around the visceral systems.
Credentials & Education:
Massage Therapy Studies at Landsdale School of Business
Osteopathy Studies at the Academy of Sutherland
American Fitness Professionals and Associates
SomaTherapy for Manual Therapist, Chiropractors and Physical/Occupational Therapists, 3-year Osteopathic Program with world renowned Orthopedic MD/DO Dr. Guy Voyer (2015-2018)
SomaTraining for Sports Trainers;
Postural Restoration Institute
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
Body Works Edmonton (2008)
Certified in Mat Pilates (400-hour training program)
Samantha Barrett is a 500 hr Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Bucks County, PA. She received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Dragonfly Yoga Studio under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek in 2015, learning Pranayama + Meditation from Joe Simek. She also studied with Rolf Gates, Seane Corn, and Hala Khouri. She completed the Yoga, Purpose, & Action Leadership Training as well as Yoga for Self Regulation + Trauma with the Off the Mat Into the World organization. She is a certified Reiki II Practitioner and graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She lives to serve others through yoga and reconnecting with nature, offering classes and workshops available to people of all backgrounds, providing a safe space to come together. She believes that by slowing down and surrendering to stillness we can unlearn negative habitual patterns and remember our truth as children of spirit. We can let go of seeking that which is outside of ourselves and trust that we are safe to feel and be just as we are in this moment. We can trust that we are never alone in our healing.