- About Alicia, Coral and

Bohemian Bodywork -

Alicia Hamilton

 

I absolutely love giving massages. When I was younger (20 years ago!), I found massage to be very boring. My mind would race and I would count each second of a 60 minute session; but now, every time I give a massage, I learn something new about my clients and friends, myself, and my practice.

 

A massage session is incredibly fertile ground for not only the receiver, but also the giver. It is an opportunity to quiet the mind and allow the whisperings of creativity to bubble to the surface. I find that if I allow my mind to relax enough, the massage becomes a dance and each movement flows flawlessly from one stroke to the next, looking for that one spot that needs a little extra love and attention.


I love finding those places in our bodies, that we all neglect, that we know are there and in need of touch and love, but are impossible for us to reach on our own. Those places that make us feel physically hindered and nag all too frequently at our minds. Those places are my specialty, and they make me love my work.

Alicia Hamilton

 

I absolutely love giving massages. When I was younger (20 years ago!), I found massage to be very boring. My mind would race and I would count each second of a 60 minute session; but now, every time I give a massage, I learn something new about my clients and friends, myself, and my practice.

 

A massage session is incredibly fertile ground for not only the receiver, but also the giver. It is an opportunity to quiet the mind and allow the whisperings of creativity to bubble to the surface. I find that if I allow my mind to relax enough, the massage becomes a dance and each movement flows flawlessly from one stroke to the next, looking for that one spot that needs a little extra love and attention.


I love finding those places in our bodies, that we all neglect, that we know are there and in need of touch and love, but are impossible for us to reach on our own. Those places that make us feel physically hindered and nag all too frequently at our minds. Those places are my specialty, and they make me love my work.

Bohemian Bodywork

 

Bohemian Bodywork exists as an entity separate from myself because I have dreams of growth and expansion.  I plan to not only work as a massage therapist in the future, but also as a yoga instructor, movement therapist and photographer.  Someday, Bohemian Bodywork will also be a Boutique and home for a small art gallery.  Bohemian Bodywork is place for me to play and grow into the healer, artist and businesswoman I envision in my mind's eye.

Coral Sunrise

Third Generation Massage Therapist 

When I was little, my mom (Alicia) used to take me to TIBIA, the massage therapy school she co-directed at the time.  One of my first memories is of the skeleton kept in the teaching room.  It terrified me!  My mom and grandma are both massage therapists.  Growing up, I was surrounded by complimentary medicine.  Inspired by a multigenerational family of healers, I knew I also wanted to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin.  Their inspiration took me on an adventure across the country to Colorado in order to discover and educate myself on the wonders of the human body. 

For the past 4 months, I have been living in a National Park in the mountains outside of Boulder while finishing my massage training.  Living so intimately with nature has taught me how to truly take a breath of fresh air, stretch my spirit and legs, and relax my mind in a way I have never experienced before.  Along with my technical training, I also strive to bring the teachings of wilderness and the mountains back to Madison. 

Many massage therapists call themselves healers, but I am really here to facilitate and hold space for my clients to heal themselves.  My techniques are mainly therapeutic and focus on connecting the mind, body and spirit, while also taking care of any aches and pains that may be present.  That being said, I am constantly learning, trying new things, and striving to be the best that I can be. 
 

Alicia's Yoga Story

 

My grandmother introduced me to yoga 30 years ago at the age of 10 with a Raquel Welch yoga video. It was something to keep us grandkids entertained, and we had a blast doing the poses and laughing because we thought her boobs would pop during Eagle pose!

Years later, I reintroduced myself to yoga while studying PreMedicine at UW-Madison as an alternative way to connect with my inner self and care for my body. I quickly became disillusioned with the idea of working in mainstream medicine and began my long journey of becoming a self-employed healer. Careful, yoga can be the gateway modality 😊

I dropped out of college, studied with a lay midwife, became a massage therapist, got married and had a child, opened a cafe, went back to school for Anthropology, worked in administration at UW-Madison, became deeply involved in the Native American church, got divorced, worked as a waitress, got remarried, had another baby, managed a restaurant, basically had an existential crisis and finally came back to massage therapy and currently have a full-time practice.

Through it all, yoga was my mainstay. Of course, there would be weeks and sometimes months when my practice would wane, but I always came back to it.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a Midwest Yoga Conference many years ago and take a class with David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti yoga out of New York. I absolutely loved their class. It was the complete package - amazing asana flow, perfect music, spiritual discussion, pranayama, bandhas, chanting….it was crazy out there hippy stuff, but they pulled it off because the class felt like it emanated from their core/spirit/soul..whatever you wanna call it. That single class from 20 years ago has stuck with me ever since.

In 2018 I began the journey of trying to understand how to create that experience myself with Alex Pfeiffer at The Studio and 21st Century Yoga on the Mat. I’m not there yet, but I will be. And with each class I teach, I learn something new from my students and the experience we all share together.

My goal in teaching yoga is to help my fellow humans reconnect with the only body this conscious awareness will ever experience and create the space for self-forgiveness, self-love and self-healing. My classes are gentle and accessible to even a beginner student, but also allow freedom for more advanced students to dive deeper.

With that, I hope to see you on the mat….and if you’ll allow me to be a bit spiritual:

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all the Beings in all the Worlds live in Peace and Harmony and may We contribute to that Peace and Harmony (the world could use a bit of this right now)

In Humbleness and Gratitude, I Bow to the Divine in You
Alicia

info@bohemianbodywork.com
 

608-628-5419

301 South Bedford St., Suite 213

Madison, WI  53703

Convenient Downtown Location

                                                                                        
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