COKATO, MN There’s a new business operating out of the Natural Nook in Cokato.
Natalie Salmen of Cokato has started Tranquil Energy, a hands-on body therapy business that includes craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, reiki, and energy medicine.
She will be working under the same roof as her sister, Michelle Bekkala, who owns the Natural Nook, located at 245 Millard Avenue.
“I am really excited to start this new chapter in my life, opening Tranquil Energy and doing the work that I love,” said Salmen.
Salmen, who with her husband Brad have five children, moved to the Dassel-Cokato area five years ago from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Minnesota and worked as a dietitian for six years before taking time off to raise her family.
She first became interested in the healing arts seven years ago when her sister, Connie, took a John Barnes myofascial release class.
“She was so excited about it, and showed us some of the moves, and kept talking about the benefits of it,” said Salmen. “My sisters and I were hooked. She worked on me many times using myofascial release and unwinding, and my headaches disappeared.”
After learning some of the myofascial release techniques, Salmen said she was ready to try using what she had learned on her children.
“The first time I tried a myofascial release hold on my child, if was for her stomach problem. I held her stomach and lower back gently for about five to 10 minutes and after that she was fine!” said Salmen. “I knew there was something incredible here.”
Since then, Salmen has had extensive training and education in the therapies mentioned above, including with noted practitioners like Lucille Crow, Cyndi Dale, and Carol Phillips.
She had been working as a paraprofessional at Dassel Elementery while steadily accumulating more and more clients, until ultimately she resigned her position at the school in January to begin Tranquil Energy.
“I had been seeing clients on weekends and in the evenings, and I was just too busy to keep doing both,” said Salmen. “It’s scary starting a new business, but I have faith that I’m doing the right thing and helping people.”
When asked what people can expect when they come to see her, Salmen said it’s similar to massage in that it’s a hands-on therapy, but the body work varies from client to client depending on need.
First, Salmen said she talks to the client to ask what their goals are for treatment. Then she starts the treatment, which generally starts with the person laying on the massage table face up under a sheet and blanket with their clothes on.
Often, she starts with craniosacral therapy. Sometimes, myofascial unwinding will be needed on the legs or arms, or other times the body will just need some reiki holds for relaxation. It all depends on the client’s needs.
“Every person is different and no appointment is the same,” said Salmen. “I really just listen to the client and their body to best help improve their overall health.”
To schedule an appointment, call or text 906-370-3912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rates are $60/hour.
The Natural Nook offers Young Living Essential Oils and is open by appointment only. For more information, call Bekkala at 309-838-2284 or email email@example.com.