Michelle Helfner

About us

Michelle spent years working as an artist, waitress and even corporate investigator before listening to the clear voice in her heart guiding her into alternative medicines. While in New York, in 2001, she first studied massage and was quickly guided to a Master’s in Chinese Medicine. Those inspired messages are a constant blessing in how she works and shares her love of the healing arts. In 2008 she came to Guatemala for a change in perspective and was changed on every level; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She moved to San Marcos and to attend the a meditation center to study esoteric metaphysics. Michelle continues to work with the center visiting every year for a few months, her studies there included hermetic kabbala, tarot, numerology, lucid dreaming and astral traveling, astrology, yoga, fasting and periods of silent meditation. In San Marcos, she also had the opportunity to study and teach at a therapy center. She was also lead by her heart to receive her 200hr yoga teacher certification from the School of Yoga Institute at the Mystical Yoga Farm in Santiago. During these studies and being surrounded her Mayan culture and traditional ceremonies she became deeply interested in the Shamanic aspects of acupuncture. During her first drumming ceremony the vision of herself as a drummer was clear and so began her own exploration as a guide for other into the non-ordinary realities. Whether through acupuncture, massage, energy work or sound she believes that through providing a safe and sacred space, each person, through their own experience can explore other realities and understandings of well-being. In this space they have a stronger ability to heal and become their truest selves. Michelle met our co-founder, CJ Ananda, in Guatemala in 2010 and was invited to Present Moment Retreat.

Michelle now resides between Mexico, Guatemala, and the East Coast of the United States. She has been an integral part of our wellness team for 6 seasons now.

She is on The Bhakti yoga path of devotional love. She likes to read, meditate, enjoy the beach, nature and spend time with family and friends.

Testimonial:

"Dear Present Moment,

I wanted to reach out and explain how grateful I am to everyone at Present Moment but most specifically, Michelle. From the moment I stepped on to your property and she introduced herself, I felt a connection to her and a sense of relief. She spoke about all of the treatments she offered and immediately I signed up for the 3 hour shamanic cleansing. I felt safe and comfortable with Michelle from the moment we met.

The 3 hour shamanic healing was just what I needed to start my wedding week off on the right foot. After this treatment, I truly felt cleansed and that I was ready to begin my new life as a married man. Michelle completely took away all my worries and outside negativity that I may have arrived with.

Over our 7 day stay at present moment, I suggested Michelle’s treatments to numerous friends and family, whom I know first hand, has the same experience.

On the last day, I decided to join Michelle’s community acupuncture. Normally, I would not be open to an event like this. With Michelle leading the group, I knew I would feel comfortable and that I would experience similar results to my first treatment. And that I did! After the community acupuncture, I left with such a beautiful sense of self and quietness that I’ve never experienced before. Before I left, I thanked Michelle from the bottom of my heart. She was really able to get me to dig deep and remove the toxicity from life. I’m forever grateful and can’t wait to see her again!

Thank you for taking the time to read.
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-Brian P. McGowan


Services provided by Michelle:
Shamanic Acupuncture 120min, Acupuncture 60min, Flow/relaxation massage 60/90min, Chakra Balance with Crystals and Sound Healing 60/90 min, Cranial Sacral 60min, Combo session 90min, Cacao Ceremonies 90min

Michelle’s websites:
www.michellehelfner.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/Infinitluv

Tags: acupuncture massage shaman wellness

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