About Charlotte

Charlotte Westbrook Photo by Riley Blanks

From a very young age I recall being aware of a desire to help people. By the ripe age of seven I could be found massaging my father's back for a upwards of an hour. Massage has always felt natural and comfortable for me, but I never considered it as a career until after some real world life experience. I grew up with a strong medical background - my mother a registered nurse and my father an orthodontist. The knowledge and experience that I have gained through my studies with The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Craniosacral work, Maya Spiritual Healing and Clinical massage is the culmination of my life-long passion.

I am a proud graduate of Texas Healing Arts Institute's Clinical Massage Therapy program. I have been fortunate to study The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® directly with Rosita Arvigo, D.N., who has spent the last thirty years studying and teaching Maya medicine. I was also a Self-Care Instructor offering 1 day and 3 day workshops in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, but have taken a break from teaching while my life is transitioning into living in Asheville, NC and practicing in Black Mountain.

I have been enjoying being a teacher since 2007 when I first started co-teaching the clinical program at Texas Healing Arts Institute. After become certified as a Self-Care Instructor through the Arvigo Institute, I came to the realization that I prefer teaching workshops! Co-teaching is such a beautiful way to share knowledge that is so dear to my heart. I co-taught Self-Care workshops for the abdomen from 2011-2016. I have behind the scenes cooking up some other teaching ideas of my own since then.

I am also a Reiki Master and have been incorporating Reiki into my massage sessions for over 14 years. My combined experience and knowledge of the body's anatomy, physiology and energetics help me to work with both the musculoskeletal system and the internal organs to bring the body into alignment. My approach to healing can be surprisingly gentle. I can feel where there are energetic blockages in the physical body and work on opening up the tissue space around those blockages so that energy can flow more easily throughout the body. This is an effective tool that I incorporates into every session. I continually strive to broaden my understanding of the body's structure and ability of movement through the practice of yoga, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique sessions.

Since 2012 I have been diving into studying Craniosacral Therapy and it has been integrating easily into my practice. I started out my studies with the Upledger Institute, before switching over to the Visionary Craniosacral offered by the Milne Institute. These teachings I find to be more multidimensional and has a shamanistic approach to Craniosacral Therapy. Along the way I have also studied with Carol Gray who also has a depth of knowledge worth exploring. This work has honestly helped me comprehend what my intuition has already been guiding me to do in sessions. I feel like now I have a stronger basis from which to explain to people what is taking place during a session. Please check out my services page to learn more about what to expect during a Craniosacral session.

Pranic Healing doesn't seem to be very well known in Blue Ridge Mountains where I now call home, but it has had an impactful presence in my daily meditation practice and work. I have taken 5 different workshops in this remarkable healing modality and love working with its principles. Pranic Healing draws upon many different cultures energy healing practices and has developed sets of healing protocols for pretty much any ailment. Interested? Feel free to book a session! More information at Pranichealing.org