About Compassionate Healing Therapy

Breanna Mashinter
Breanna Mashinter, M.S.W., R.S.W., CYA-RYT300
is a clinical social worker and yoga teacher whose background includes training with victims of crime and tragic circumstance, crisis intervention, and work as a mental health counsellor.

Breanna Mashinter

Therapeutic Yoga Counsellor

M.S.W., R.S.W., CYA-RYT300,

I have always had a passion for helping others and it didn’t take long for me to learn that there are a variety of barriers that hinder people from making positive, sustainable changes for overall well-being. Through my social work practice and yoga training I came to understand that when therapy integrates both the mind and body, true healing can begin. The fusion of yoga and therapy has a profound impact on mental, physical, and emotional well-being. I believe that everyone has the ability to heal themselves however; we don’t always have the tools or skills we need to implement or create this change.

My learning journey began after doing a workshop on restorative yoga where I began to realize the benefits that this type of yoga practice offers. I always found great emotional release through intense workouts and power yoga classes however, I realized that I gain more benefits (physically and mentally) when doing slow, steady movements with yoga and breath work. Coming into my mind-body network is a lot easier when my yoga practice is slow, calm, and mindful.

Breanna Mashinter is the owner of Compassionate Healing Therapy and is Master’s trained in Social work specializing in holistic healing counselling. She has been in private practice for over three years and coaches individuals on how to connect with their inner guidance system through holistic practices. She includes Young Living essential oils, mindful movement (aka yoga), mindfulness, tuning forks (sound healing) and Source Energy to guide people in their healing process. She believes in each individuals power to heal themselves. She combines customized Western interventions with mindfulness and energy work to create a holistic healing practice with a “whole being” approach.  Because much discomfort stems from a mental-emotional-energetic cause, practicing mindfulness and yoga brings balance and strength to the body’s energy and systems by releasing unresolved emotions and removing energy blockages.  All practices instill a sense of peace and bring conscious awareness of the connection between body, mind and soul.  Holistic coaching is restorative in nature and facilitates faster and easier change. Breanna is recognizing that the unresolved emotional trauma we store creates dis-ease in the physical body so she is helping people raise their own vibration to rid the physical body of these dis-eases. Her intention when working with individuals is for them to take back their innate power to heal themselves with the tools that they already have, they are just hidden from Ego’s grasping.

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is meant to, “understand and foster an attitude of being rather than doing” (Ann Green, 2014). Restorative yoga is meant to take the mindfulness in all disciplines of yoga to the next level. This type of practice is slow and still and it’s as much about the mind as it is the body, if not more. To explain restorative yoga in the most basic of terms: poses are meant to be restorative and regenerative. Restorative yoga helps with centering your breath and body by aligning the physical and mental components by practicing stillness or gentle movements for an extended period of time. It allows people to truly come into their bodies through visceral awareness or breath work and start becoming emotionally balanced. With the help of props used within restorative yoga; pillows, blankets, bolsters, straps and blocks we are able to start paying deliberate attention to our mind-body connection and identify where we hold tension. The goal of restorative yoga is to calm the mind and body to be wholly present, similar exercises we need to use in our day-to-day living.

"Restorative yoga creates an awareness in life that we need to be soft to be strong; that taking time to instill growth, awareness and silence is a mandatory need in this sometimes weary and anxious world.”

Why I Combine Restorative Yoga with Therapy

Using restorative yoga and breath work allows us to become aware of our mind-body connection, which in turn, helps balance our emotions. After this recognition we can start to explore some of the paths that lead to the symptoms of mental health, whether they are very prominent or subtle. Finding true emotional balance does not mean you are happy 100% of the time. It has to do with how we relate to our emotions and to the residue they leave behind. The decisions we make are emotionally dependent, which means sometimes we put up defense mechanisms to shut down emotions we may not want to feel. Accepting all emotions as they come; anger, grief, tranquility, love, joy, disgust, or fear is a part of the healing journey however; the behavior that we engage in to express our emotions can sometimes be non-therapeutic. To put simply, feeling hungry is an emotion that we feel, the behavior we engage in to alleviate the symptoms of hunger could be to eat or not to eat. One behavior will simply put the emotion in check, the other one can add more symptoms and can hinder how we function; mentally and physically. Restorative yoga combines meditation and relaxation which helps cultivate a quiet mind, relaxing the body which in turn enhances reflection and insight. Having said all that, through a restorative practice, clients can become strong enough to experience and tolerate a full range of emotions and then, with flexibility, return to a place of calm. Compassionate Healing Therapy’s ultimate goal is to encompass the aforementioned practice to enhance a client’s ability to live life fully, spontaneously, and effortlessly.

In the sweet whisperings of my teacher, restorative yoga, “creates an awareness in life that we need to be soft to be strong; that taking time to instill growth, awareness and silence is a mandatory need in this sometimes weary and anxious world” (Ann Green).

Why I infuse the room with essential oils during my therapeutic yoga sessions

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the volatile liquids (liquid that evaporates at room temperature) of the plant. They are obtained from properly distilling any part of the plant including the seeds, roots, bark, stems, leaves, fruit, flowers or branches!

How Essential Oils Work

Therapeutic grade essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects of chemical based products. When using oils neat (straight on skin), diffused, or ingested they are absorbed into the blood and tissues instantly. Oils cross the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain that control our mood, aid in problem solving, reasoning, memories for events and facts, emotional and relational experience, feeling and ‘gut’ memories, and instinctive responses. Simply put, essential oils can help us with our ability to handle stress, anger, sadness or any other emotion that we are working through (Experience-Essential-Oils.com, 2015).

The amygdala is the emotional center where all the emotions are controlled and stored. Therefore, just smelling an essential oil can help us safely release emotional fear, trauma and suppressed memories that are stored anywhere in the body.

A few examples of essential oils I use for people working through their healing journey are as follows:

  • For people who suffer from anxiety, which stems from fear, I use Valor, Peace and Calming, or Stress Away.
  • For people who have suffered from trauma, grief or loss I use Joy, Trauma Life, or SARA.
  • For people who have struggles with anger/rage/hate I use Joy, Peace and Calming, Purification, or Valor.
  • For people who are working on self-esteem and positivity I use Valor.