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.
In short, Linda has always had an interest in things beyond the physical, i.e. more spiritual. This evolved into exploring body, mind, spirit ideas and thoughts. She has a background, following her B.A. from Miss State U., in several business industries, but what means the most to her, is when her holistic interests began to merge with her work at a inpatient hospital for psych and chemical dependency, and later the hospital’s outpatient clinic.
She worked in several areas from intake/admissions to interventionist to counseling, workshop facilitator, and public speaker. She 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. During her time at said institution, she began graduate level studies, as well as training in Hypnotherapy and continued training in meditation. Along with her minister ordination in 1992 and starting her own holistic company, HeartLight Enterprises, LLC, she left the hospital in 1993.
Linda brings to the community continued training in massage therapy, her complete training in Reiki, as well as her continuing personal growth journey benefiting clients and herself. She has been a resident of West St. Tammany for over 50 years and belongs to several community/business groups. She is profoundly invested in her business association, the American Massage Therapy Association, as an elected Delegate to the National Convention and as the State Chapter 3rd Vice President, chairing newsletter and online communication. As of November, 2013, Linda was appointed by the Governor of Louisiana to the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy, and is the current Chair. She has been a member of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce since 1993, previously with St. Tammany Professional Women and currently with Women of Infinite Possibilities (previously Chair of Personal Empowerment Groups). At the 2014 National Convention for the American Massage Therapy Association, Linda was awarded with the Meritorious Award for the Louisiana Chapter, a significant honor.
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 assisting in expanding your own personal journey. There are programs that address special issues: Instruct for Couples in Massage (of any two people who want to learn basics), The Holistic Tobacco Release Program, Express Meditation instruction, and Sole Connection gatherings three times a year.