AVIVA: A locally owned business in Mandeville, Louisiana, putting the “Therapy” in massage & related well-being, body, mind, spirit, services.

Right from the beginning, owner and practitioner, Linda Strickland, wanted clients to know that this is a therapeutic process whether their session is for a relaxing Swedish massage, for chronic pain, injury or another deep focus. Some view massage as a luxury, but that relegates this valuable work to a level most people see as occasional. Research bares out that consistent, regular sessions bring results and help maintain that peace many have come to know. You say you are having stress and just need an occasion tune up?  Talk with Linda about other services that compliment the massage therapy, as well as learn more about The Frequent User Plan.

This experience isn’t just for other people.  It is for you.  While she welcomes everyone, be it the occasional session to weekly, she wants you to know the proof is already in the pudding about how good it feels to take care of yourself regularly. No matter the service, Linda’s focus is on you and your needs, which allows her to offer the best service available. That is probably why she and her business has been voted the “BEST” on several occasions by readers of a local women’s magazine.

What else is wonderful at AVIVA?  The environment is unhurried leading to the opportunity to de-stress and let go.  Stress has been shown to dramatically impact our health and well-being, so even if you are not dealing with situations that AVIVA often address, such as muscular injuries, aches and pains, or chronic pain, there are plenty of other instances that can bring you to AVIVA. Other services can assist you as the whole being you are. Allow Linda to be your well-being partner and assist the individual you are.

About Your Well-Being Practitioner: Linda L. Strickland

Photo on 5-30-14 at 5.36 PM #2 copyI have always had an interest in things beyond the physical, i.e. more spiritual. This evolved into exploring body, mind, spirit ideas and thoughts. My professional background, following my Bachelors of Arts from Miss State University, is in several business industries, but what has meant the most to me, is when the  holistic interests began to merge with my professional work at a inpatient hospital for psych and chemical dependency, and later the hospital’s outpatient clinic.

During my time at the hospital, both in and outpatient, I had the opportunity to be exposed to several departments from intake/admissions to interventionist to counseling, workshop facilitator, and public speaker. I worked closely and collaboratively with the marketing department, and was often a speaker at conferences such as the Regional U.S. Post Office Conference on the topic of communications and at Stennis Space Center. It was also during this time I began graduate level studies, as well as training in Hypnotherapy and continued training in meditation. In 1992 I became an ordained minister and began my holistic company, HeartLight Enterprises, LLC. I left the Bowling Green Hospital in 1993. In all of my endeavors the education and training is continuous, benefiting my own journey as well as those I serve.

I have been a resident of West St. Tammany for over 53 years and belong to several community/business groups. I am profoundly invested in my professional association, the American Massage Therapy Association, and have served as an elected Delegate to the National Convention and as the State Chapter 3rd Vice President, chairing newsletter and online communication. I am currently taking a break, however, from those activities. As of November, 2013, I was appointed by the Governor of Louisiana to the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy, and am the current Chairperson of the Board.  My membership with the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce has been since 1993, and have previously been with the St. Tammany Professional Women and Women of Infinite Possibilities (Chair of Personal Empowerment Groups). At the 2014 National Convention for the American Massage Therapy Association, I was awarded with the Meritorious Award for the Louisiana Chapter, a significant honor. My most recent accomplishment took place in July (2015) when I transitioned from Nationally Certified to Nationally Board Certified with the National Certification Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork (NCBTMB), which I have been affiliated with since my exam in June, 1999. As with my Louisiana license, there are ongoing work and education requirements with the NCBTMB. Those requirements went to a higher level with Board Certification. In mid October (2015) I will be attending the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards representing the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy, in Albuquerque, N.M. Yes, I have room in my schedule for more clients.

My interests are wide and varied, but sometimes with a business those take a back seat. I love reading light mysteries and enjoy the PBS Mystery series’. Divorced for many years, my home life now consists of my seasoned citizen mother (though I have now joined the ranks of seasoned citizens, too), my nephew of 24 years who is attending Delgado, my aging cat, Lucy, who has recently gone blind and my forever energizer bunny, Gracie, a 4.5 year old Westie. I named her Gracie to forever remind me of  God’s Grace in my life. We all reside in Old Mandeville not far from the school I attended from 9-17 and from my office on Lafitte Street.

Today HeartLight Enterprises, LLC, is made up of AVIVA Massage & Well-Being Center, and Blissful Unions, officiating at weddings, services and events. AVIVA Massage & Well-Being offers the opportunity to explore several body, mind, spirit modalities thereby assisting and supporting in expanding your own personal journey.