After 20-plus years of working as healing practitioner, Gina Montgomery reinvented her business as Zia Healing Arts in Bend, Oregon in early spring of 2016. She relocated herself and the business to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she had lived and worked for 18 years, in the summer of 2017.
Healing has always been a part of Gina’s life. As a professional dancer and figure skater, she had to learn how to take care of her body in order to prolong her career. From the time she was a teenager, she looked for alternative ways to heal, at first physically and later emotionally and spiritually.
Healing Turning Point
When she finally had to stop skating and dancing professionally, that knowledge—paired with her innate longing to help people find balance on all levels—would propel her into a career tending to others the way she took care of herself.
“Why don’t you go to massage school?” a friend had asked when Gina’s last show closed in 1994. “You’re always helping to relieve someone’s pain.”
Gina realized she had just found her first step to becoming a healer.
A Healer’s Journey
Over the next few years, she learned:
- Craniosacral therapy, which uses the power of gentle touch to unwind restrictions in your body to improve the functioning of your nervous system. Over a period of 15 years, Gina trained with the Upledger Institute, reaching the most advanced levels.
- Reflexology, which works on the nerve endings of the hands and feet to balance and heal the body. Gina trained at the International Institute of Reflexology in the Ingham Method.
- Trigger point therapy, focused bodywork designed to release hot spots that refer pain patterns to other parts of the body, and myofascial release, which frees up restrictions in the connective tissue. Gina received this specialized training while earning a certificate in massage therapy.
- Spiritual healing in the Sufi tradition—healing through the heart to promote evolving, clearing and personal development—tied together all that Gina had learned. “That three-year program transformed my life and how I work on people,” says Gina. “The ancient teachings upped the ante and made my work more powerful. Once your heart expands and you let go of the old stuff that’s in the way, everything connects better. You can let in more light, which means more opening for transformation and inspiration.”
Time to Play
When not at work, Gina loves to hike with her dog, play with her 28-year-old cockatoo Spiffy, dance, practice yoga (which she also teaches), garden, figure skate and ski.