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Bridge to Healing Moves to New Location
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 


Linda Haga with a young patient.

Linda Haga is the owner of Bridge to Healing, which used to be located in the Pony Village Mall. Last April she moved to a new location in the Hall Building, at 320 Central Ave in Coos Bay, where she now has two rooms in Suites 413 and 415.

I asked Linda how things were going since she made her move to Coos Bay. “Really nice,” she replied. “I have two rooms available now, so that lets me book couples or friends together, or basically just accommodate more people. During the rest periods between the moves that I apply, the brain is allowed to process what has been done to the body. So while one person is relaxing in one room, I can be actively working on somebody else in the next room.”

Linda’s business card states that she provides “Gentle therapeutic touch to relieve pain, balance the body and improve structural integrity.” She explained, “I do gentle movements over the muscles and fascia (connective tissue) which stimulates the nerve endings to send a signal to the body to relax and reset and begin healing.”

Linda says that everyone is unique, and there is no one group of people that she works on.  “People come to me with low back pain, sciatica, migraines…I see clients with a variety of ailments. And I get great feedback from my clients! Some have stopped coming because they say, “You fixed me!” Others continue to come for regular maintenance and relaxation every 3 to 4 weeks.”

I asked Linda what age range she works with. “I work with infants to elderly. Just recently I worked on a set of four-month old twins that couldn’t turn their heads to one side, a fairly common condition called torticollis. By the next day they had almost full range of motion! I also worked on a teenager that had witnessed a traumatic auto accident and was under a lot of stress. My work helped that person enter a more relaxed state instead of the fight-or-flight response.”

Linda said the best part of her job is seeing the progress that her clients make.“It’s wonderful when people come back to me and say how much better they feel,” she said.“I helped one client who had plateaued in her treatments with massage and chiropractic. She found Bowenwork to be very effective! If someone is being treated with massage or chiropractic I have them wait until they’ve finished those treatments before I see them, or schedule at least a week between the different modalities. Too much stimulation can overwhelm the body and hinder the healing process.”

This year Linda plans to become certified in Special Procedures II through the American Bowen Academy, which has instructors throughout the United States. “I’m also going to attend a course this summer called Mind-Body Bowen,” said Linda. “This class will explore the connection between our mental, emotional and physical selves.”

If you’re hurting and are seeking relief, give Bridge to Healing a call at 541-362-HEAL. They’re open Monday through Friday, based on clients’ needs, and have some after-hour appointments available on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

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