Owner & Director, LMT, CYT, Baby Maasage Instructor, Birth Doula
Lauren Higdon is the Owner and Director of Centered. She has been teaching classes on wellness in the Lexington community for over 15 years and also enjoys giving talks on holistic health and movement for local hospitals, colleges, businesses and physical educators. Her focus is to facilitate greater self awareness and release stagnation in the mind and body through the combined practice of breath work, yoga and bodywork.
Lauren discovered her passion for the healing arts following her studies in psychology and fine arts at the University of Kentucky. While taking Aikido classes she was exposed to Tai Chi and Shiatsu. She found further exploration and inspiration at Lexington Healing Arts where she graduated from the massage therapy program in 2002 and the yoga teacher training in 2010. She has been on the faculty at Lexington Healing Arts ever since 2002 and her continuing private practice includes Pediatrics, CranioSacral Therapy, Movement Re-Education, yoga, Vedic Thai Massage, prenatal and postpartum massage and mothering her two amazing boys.
Lauren’s intention is to create a nurturing, healthy, safe and exploratory environment for all the people she encounters, so that they may experience greater freedom to grow and find peace through all of life’s transitions.
For scheduling with Lauren, please click HERE
LMT, CYT, Operations, Massage Therapy Outreach, Meditation
Joshua has been a Massage Therapist since 1995 and has taught yoga classes and facilitated meditation since 1999. He is a father to Leaf, a traveler, photographer, partner and lover of beautiful creatures, places and spaces.Joshua has continued his studies in the human forms and functions through Nuad Boran Classical Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, massage for people with special needs, Stone Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, and various sports massage modalities. He is a graduate of the yoga program taught by Amanda McMaine at Lexington Healing Arts and is currently studying environment, health and water in the Medical Anthropology program at the University of Kentucky.His love and passion for bodywork, personal development and re-invigoration of humanity has brought him to share physical, mental, and spiritual connections with thousands of travelers upon life’s rich roads. He has enjoyed sharing knowledge as a faculty member with two local massage schools and has facilitated various trainings in partner massage, Thai massage, integrative techniques and Reiki. In his spare time he loves to drum and dance, cook without recipes, live passionately, walk and breathe as fully as possible.
LMT, Owner of SQUEEZE
JoAnn is a valued member of the Centered team, as the head of the Squeeze raw foods bar and also a licensed massage therapist. JoAnn’s seasonal menu at Squeeze is enough to satisfy a healthy breakfast, lunch or light dinner out. Her unique elixirs benefit the mind and body by providing just the right blend to balance you out. Each Friday night, she offers an Elixir Hour from 6pm-7pm with a featured elixir of the week. There is also an assortment of tasty sweets and other yummy items that can be ordered to go or enjoyed at Squeeze.
- (859) 685-5499
Yoga, Massage Therapy
Matthew Higdon is an advanced bodyworker and modern yogi. His vision is to share appropriate tools for finding and embodying greater creativity, balance, strength, and flexibility in all spheres of life. His touch and teachings are informed by the experiential awareness and healing potency of rigorous study and application of yoga sadhana, anatomy/physiology, bodywork and manual therapies. He seeks to empower yoga and healing community to help foster the illuminating flame of self inquiry for conscious evolution and self realization.With over 1000 hours of massage and bodywork related training including advanced techniques for working with fluid, fascia, nerves and vicera, participation in numerous diverse yoga workshops and seminars as well as a daily yoga practice for the past 5 years, Matthew brings a balance of science and mindfulness to the table and mat. He can help you find greater alignment and vitality at any age or level of health.
Delia Gibbs fell in love with yoga at 15. She embarked on her first YTT two years later (with Sharon Tessandori at Barefoot Works in Lexington) and has experience teaching many different groups including college students, chimney sweeps, and preschoolers. Last year, she completed a second YTT with Centered’s Matthew Higdon and is so excited to be teaching Subtle Power Yoga at Centered!
“What I love most about yoga is the opportunity challenge the physical body, connect with the breath, become mindful of transitions, and embrace what is happening in this moment. Practicing yoga allows me to deepen my experience and explore my most authentic self.”
Licensed in Kentucky, Washington and California, KK Jauco has been practicing bodywork and high level intuition for over 25 years, gathering experience and wisdom from around the world. Her touch is sensitive, intuitive and in tune with her clients while simultaneously providing deep therapeutic healing and soft tissue release.
Her education, training and certifications include: Adjunct Professor at Eastern Kentucky University (College of Public Health), Reiki Master, CranioSacral, LomiLomi, Breema, Reflexology, Herbology, Neuromuscular therapy, Kinesiology muscle testing and Swedish Massage – sports, pregnancy, hot stones, trigger points.
*American Red Cross CPR/First aid Instructor – Continuing Education Provider
*Gentle Yoga Teacher Level II
*Feng Shui consultant
*Fine Arts Dealer – www.curationinternational.com
To schedule with KK Jauco, please contact her by phone or e-mail with the below information.
Beth Ellen Rosenbaum
Children's Music Workshop
Beth Ellen is the creator of Children’s Music Workshop, a unique music and movement program that has been prized by parents and loved by children since 1995. She has spent many years researching the best ways to teach music to young children, and has received advanced training in leading methodologies, including Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff-Schulwerk, and Kodaly. She is a Juilliard- and Oberlin-trained concert pianist, and her background as a performing classical musician is integrated into her work with young children. She has been a member of the faculties of many institutions, including Juilliard, the United Nations International School, Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Arts, and Lexington Montessori School. She holds the Certificate in Early Childhood Music and Music Learning Theory from Temple University. Beth Ellen is the recipient of an Artist Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Beth Ellen’s creative teaching approaches and innovative curriculum have been widely praised. A Juilliard-trained pianist, Beth Ellen has developed a very special way of teaching musical literacy to young children. Her high-energy classes are prized by parents for their fresh and interactive approach. Her work is based on the most up-to-date research connecting early music learning with enriched cognitive development. Her energetic classes incorporate a wide variety of stimulating and imaginative musical experiences – songs and chants from around the world, creative movement and dance, instrument playing, storytelling, and improvisation – which have been chosen to cultivate a love of music and provide a foundation for future musical study. And most importantly, her classes are super fun!
Meg just received her Yoga Teacher certification is beginning to practice teaching classes in our community. Meg’s specialization is in slow flowing yoga and restorative yoga practice. Feel free to contact her if you’d like her to do a demo yoga class for you or a donation based session – she is ready to, “Get her practice on!”
Outside of Centered, Meg has two kitties – Agadore & FarmCat – and is going back to school for her Master’s in Social Work. She looks forward to studying the intricate ways that Social Work and restorative yoga intertwine.
David Arnold and Sonya Blaydes
Tai Chi classes at Centered in Lexington KY
David Arnold began studying T’ai-chi Ch’uan in 1983 in Santa Barbara, California. David studied under the tutelage of Sifu Gerry Marr, a 35-year student of Master Fong Ha’s, at the Integral Chuan Institute in Berkeley and who quickly became David’s lifelong friend. On several different occasions David studied with Fong Ha and was instrumental in bringing him to Lexington for workshops at the Lexington Wellness Center in the 1990′s. These teachers are part of a T’ai Chi lineage, descending directly from the Yang family in the early 1800′s. David’s classes also include various Chi Kung disciplines, such as I Ch’uan (Standing Meditation), Walking Meditation and Chi Ruler, that serve to accelerate the learning curve and benefits realized through the practice of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, by placing greater focus on the essence of movement and the flow of life energy in the body. David has studied nutrition and health for the promotion of longevity, for over 3 decades and practices as well as teaches, a set of vitality promoting exercises he titles, “Drinking From The Fountain Of Youth.” He is also a practitioner of Chinese Tui Na massage which clears chronic blockages from past injuries, and releases the free flow of healthy, life extending and body nourishing chi.
Sonya Blaydes, a dental hygienist, has been studying and teaching skill movement for years. First, there was bellydance, then poi, trick hula hooping, fire dance, and zumba. She has been studying Tai Chi since January 2013. As David’s quickest learning student, she has become an asset for new students. She has currently counted 498 sets of Tai Chi. Once the Neoclassical 108 sequence is learned, it only takes 13-16 minutes. Sonya has noticed a valuable increase in creativity, balance and skill in all other areas of study, including piano.
Aromatherapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Shiatsu, Vedic Thai Yoga Massage, Visceral Therapy and Zero Balancing
Lauren believes that our bodies have the capacity to heal and communicate to us exactly what we may need. Even in times of stress or trauma, overwhelm or confusion, she believes the body will speak. Lauren does her very best to listen clearly from a place of Unconditional Positive Regard, without Judgement or expectation. She holds presence with Intention, creating a space for the body to be, and is a facilitator for an individual to integrate their own body awareness and self- healing through therapeutic touch.
Lauren has studied with a variety of experienced professionals, many whom are the founders of their modality, to better facilitate each individuals unique needs. She integrates concepts from Eastern and Western modalities, including Aromatherapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Shiatsu, Vedic Thai Yoga Massage, Visceral Therapy and Zero Balancing, and is honored to be in Service. ~ Namaste~
Specialties: Aromatherapy, Intuitive Bodyworker, Massage Therapy Instructor, Certified Zero-Balancer, Reiki Teacher, Movement Instructor, Yoga Therapy and Restorative Yoga, Organic Baker
“I am a facilitator for an individual to integrate their own body awareness and self- healing through therapeutic touch.”
Shayne Wigglesworth is a NIA Brown Belt and 5 Stages teacher. Shayne’s love for movement began in her youth through the realm of sports. After college, she was introduced to holistic and healing forms of somatic movement. At the persistence of a friend and her first teacher, Shayne stepped into her first NIA class in 2007. The way she looked at fitness and her life changed during that first class. Since that moment, NIA has been her guide and friend on this journey of life. Shayne has completed her belt trainings at the NIA international headquarters in Portland, Oregon and completed her 5 Stages training in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has traveled the US taking classes and studying with other NIA Black Belt teachers. Shayne is currently studying and preparing for her Black Belt training in Portland in September. Shayne has taught at studios in Lexington and Louisville.
Shayne believes in the endless possibilities of the human body to heal itself through movement. The path to health is endless; all that is required is time, practice, and love. Dancing through Life with Joy and Pleasure is her daily motto. She lives in Lexington with her son. Her daytime job is Deli Manager at Good Foods Market and Cafe. Shayne teaches four to five NIA classes a week.
Wake up happy with Christina, who works at Squeeze and also teaches our sunrise Lionflow Yoga classes. Lionflow is a unique blend of Yoga postures, Qi-gong and Kung-fu stances designed to warm up the body from the inside to keep you safe as you strive to deepen your postures. In these classes, you will learn the benefits of the Yoga strengths; pushing, pulling, squeezing, flexing, stretching, compressing, balancing, relaxing, and breathing. Lionflow Yoga exposes the raw natural art of yoga, as a slow dance of postures that compliment one another offering slow and softer kungfu form, therapeutic thorough self massage and a fluid natural release of your true power & natural range of motion . This yoga style is a warm up for life and will leave your body & mind ready to function at optimal capacity. Walk-ins are welcome.
Qi Gong, Meditation
Matt Branstetter is a long time student and teacher of martial arts and meditation. He is a certified Qi Gong instructor through the Rising Lotus Qi Gong and completed a 200hr yoga teacher training with Amanda McMaine in 2010. He is a licensed massage therapist and is the Chair of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Saint Catharine College where he teaches, among other classes, Ecospirituality and the Philosophy of Embodiment.
Hardin Field V, C.Ac.,MSTOM
Hardin Field is a Kentucky based licensed acupuncturist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Hardin graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. In addition to being licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), he holds licenses and certification in both the Kentucky and California State Acupuncture boards.
Hardin was born and raised in Versailles, KY. Growing up and working on a farm instilled a great work ethic, love for nature and a respect for the land that he grew up on. Hardin also had a strong love for sports, fitness and the health of the human body. All of these combined with a desire to help others achieve the best health possible, led to his career path and journey.
Andrea Johnston, MSAOM, Dipl OM, CAc
Andrea spent her early years in Vancouver, Canada and Lexington, Kentucky (quite the opposites!), spending most of her time making sand castles, climbing trees, and riding horses. When she was 11, life moved her to the West Coast and she spent the next 15 years in sunny Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Social Behavior. While at UCI, she served as president of The Association of University Meditators, which earned the honor of the Dalai Lama Scholarship. The combined influences of her time at UCI and the many doctors in her family molded Andrea into pursuing a professional degree in holistic medicine, with the goal of building bridges between western & holistic medicine to support the progression of healthcare.
Andrea graduated Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University in Southern California. She also received the Clinic Award for outstanding services to patients and clinic supervisors. She is a fully certified practitioner of Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (www.nccaom.org) and maintains state certification for Acupuncture in Kentucky.
Andrea believes in treating every person with compassion, respect, and integrity with the understanding that every person is unique. She is dedicated to providing multidimensional healing that restores balance in body, mind, and spirit, while promoting synergistic harmony with our environment. She believes it is equally important to educate every person on expanding consciousness and self-awareness so they may take an active role in their healing process.
Hardin Field V, C.Ac., MSTOM
Stream Point Acupuncture
Megan Begley, LCSW
LCSW, Counseling and Professional Organizing
Creating Sacred Spaces Inside and Out
Megan provides services as a mental health therapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), a professional organizer, or a combination of both. Creating sacred spaces refers to multiple related concepts:
1) Providing clients with a safe, non-judgmental setting for intentional healing, change and growth.
2) Helping clients create physical environments that look and feel like places of refuge and order,
reflecting the sense of inner calm, focus, and illumination of priorities they want to experience.
3) Supporting emotions that may arise during the work of de-cluttering and examining materialism.
Over fifteen years ago, Megan began study of spirituality and metaphysics fostered by a personal struggle with different forms of anxiety. After experiencing the transformative effects of yoga on her well-being, she spent close to a year at a yoga ashram in northern California, and afterward decided to pursue a career in mental health. However, while working in correctional and community mental health settings, she became convinced that traditional models of treatment are often lacking for true healing, and is thrilled to now be among a network of practitioners offering a holistic approach. Megan has experience working with the full range of mental health disorders, but specializes in spiritual counseling, eating disorders, and all types of addictions.
Megan’s interest in organization began during her stay at the ashram, where she had far less possessions than usual and acquired a heightened understanding of the energy of surroundings. She developed her skills through numerous projects over the past several years for herself and others, including execution of her mother’s estate. She has seen that one of the most valuable aspects of organizing is the tangible outcome, which can immediately reduce day-to-day stress through greater efficiency, motivate one to tackle more complex psychological issues, or outwardly complete inner healing that has already been done. Megan offers straightforward assistance with tasks like creating functional family spaces, packing for a move, or staging a home for sale, but specializes in helping clients release emotional blocks, achieve new goals, radically shift values, or define personal style.
Connie P. Milligan, LCSW
Transformational Coach and Consultant
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Connie is a clinician and change agent in the mental health and social justice arenas with over 30 years’ experience. She has been honored for her work with many awards, written numerous articles and provided extensive state and national training and consultation.
Her interest in the metaphysical realm has led her down a personal path of exploration that has resulted in huge shifts in her clinical orientation and wonderful joy in her personal life.
She is putting her training in Transformational Coaching and years of study and experience to use by offering workshops, groups and individual coaching.
Functional Movement, Exercise and Wellness Lifestyle Design
Anne Graff teaches functional movement, exercise and wellness lifestyle design for those looking to stay active, strong and vital throughout their lives. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Cornell University and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and has been an Occupational Therapist for over twenty five years. She is trained as a Body Recall teacher and is certified by the American Senior Fitness Association as a Senior Fitness Instructor. Anne is certified in HeartMath meditation and recently became a facilitator for the HealthRHYTHMS group empowerment drumming program. She is committed to ongoing education in the areas of mind body medicine and integrative health. Anne’s vision is for her class participants to develop an understanding and appreciation of their bodies, learn to embody mindfulness, self compassion, joy in movement, and a greater awareness of how the mind and emotions can be influenced by physical activity. She shares her skills as an OT and her knowledge of meditation, integrative health, movement techniques and positive psychology with her students. She enjoys pilates, vegetarian cooking, natural horsemanship, and spending time with family and friends.
“I value creating a healing space for my clients to explore and integrate a deeper unfolding of their current life challenges and difficulties.” ~ Lynn
Lynn loves the co-creative process of helping others access personal empowerment and possibilities in their lives.
She has a private psychotherapy and coaching practice in Lexington and provides the following workshops and group learning opportunities at Centered on the following:
- Transforming Too Much Into ENOUGH: Increase awareness and expand possibilities in dealing with overwhelm
- Wired for Joy: Creating Sustainable Practices to support you in living your best life
- Creating Possibilities with change: Taking steps to access new levels of growth with life challenges and learning.
- The Art of Conversation: Creating Conversations for different Possibilities.
As a therapist, Lynn finds deep meaning and personal fulfillment in assisting clients/couples as they navigate life’s challenges and troubling times. She compassionately provide the space, in a trusting relationship to explore limiting beliefs and assist clients in expanding and developing new interpretations of themselves and their experiences as they heal. The most fulfilling part of her work is to witness and experience the beautiful evolution of client self-discovery and empowerment.
She finds Coaching a powerful modality and rewarding process to help others achieve extraordinary results in their personal and professional lives. The ontological concepts provide a beautiful framework for transformational learning. Often clients report experiencing themselves more deeply – using awareness in the realm of body, moods/emotions and language as a process which provides for sustainability in living a life grounded in presence.
Lynn graduated from Emory University and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University. She maintains licensure in Clinical Social Work since 1994 and graduated from Newfield Network in 2010, a renowned Ontological Training Program in Boulder Colorado.
On a personal note, she loves her cowboy boots, doing yoga, and digging in the earth. Every now and then she loves to kick up her heals and dance, dance, dance.
Environmental Awareness, Youth Workshops
Martin intends to host week-long intensive young adult wellness workshops.