Using a combination of naturopathic modalities, Rachel Dawson Knapp primarily uses craniosacral therapy, flower essences, and herbs to facilitate healing in the body.
As a natural health therapist in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rachel emphasizes the connection between the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. She believes that finding balance between these aspects of oneself can bring true wellness. It is her belief that we are created to be well and that each of us has a unique healing path.
Her interest in natural health began when she was a sophomore in college. While being monitored for an autoimmune condition that ran in the family, she was told that eventually she would need to support her thyroid function with medication. This didn’t settle with her, so she started to do some research. Rachel entered the world of natural health by beginning to pay attention to diet and food choices. This ultimately led her to the decision to study at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education (N.I.T.E) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Through the study of Naturopathy at N.I.T.E., she was introduced to many natural healing therapies such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, flower essence therapy, essential oils, craniosacral therapy, and light healing touch. She found a love for craniosacral therapy and herbal medicine, which has led her to study each of these in further depth. Rachel is currently studying Herbal Medicine for Women with Aviva Romm and continues to receive training in craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute.
Her practice is guided by a few simple yet profound principles. The first and primary one is the body has an innate ability to heal. In natural healing, herbal medicine, nutrition, flower essence therapy, lifestyle changes, and bodywork are simply helpful aids in the work of balancing and supporting the body's natural processes. The second principle is that movement is life and health. Finally, wellness is an intricate relationship between mind, body, and soul. All parts must be addressed to achieve and maintain balance. It is Rachel's intention and hope to create a space for healing that is partnership and education oriented. Her approach is process oriented, meaning that the client and her body are directing the healing process. There is no one right way to heal; the innate wisdom of each person's body determines her healing process.
Rachel sees clients at her home office in Grand Rapids, MI. Her cat Roger loves to join in sessions when invited :-).