Living Roots


Healing Arts

At Living Roots we follow the Wholistic Model of Health which means that we understand that wellness and healing must address mind, body, spirit and emotions if it is to be successful. We help the body to be healthy through eating organically and ethically grown foods, doing physical labor, practicing yoga and dance, and through massage. The mind is supported by engaging in expansive learning opportunities and embracing personal creativity. Our spirits are nourished through offering regular meditation, yoga and time with nature. The emotions are cared for by allowing the opportunity for frequent check-ins and processing time within the community.

Many of our members are healers and offer their services to the outer community. Look below for the services offered by our members.


Living Roots Member Practitioners
Michael Hicks, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Holistic Life and Career Coach, and Individual, Family, and Relationship Coach

812-727-5444 or email at   michael1 (at)

Swedish/Esalen Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Massage, Reiki Therapy/Attunements, Holistic Life and Career Coaching, Family and Relationship Coaching Graduated with a Professional Bodywork Therapist Certificate from Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts in Marin County, California.  Attended graduate school at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His intent is to empower others to find their peace, their bounty, and their own deeper path through life.

For more information on the modalities that Michael provide please click on the following links:

Other Healing Arts Practitioners


Michelle Sanders, Owner Mother Nurtured Midwifery, Certified Professional Midwife

Home Birth  *  Water Birth  *  VBAC
Free Consultation - (812) 583-7713. 
More info at or email at MotherNurtured (at)

Massage and Healing Arts Services

Couples Massage -   a 90 minute session where you will also learn some basic strokes to share with your romantic partner

Swedish/Esalen Massage  -   style using oil on the skin and long flowing strokes. Designed specifically to relax muscles,  increase circulation, reduce stress, and promote relaxation.

Hot Stone Massage -   Relaxing massage that uses polished stones which are heated & incorporated into the massage.

Deep Tissue Massage -   focuses more on the deeper muscle tissue than Swedish. Used to release chronic muscle tension by using slower strokes and direct pressure.

Thai Massage –   incorporates the best stretches of Hatha Yoga, Chinese Acu-point Theory, and eastern meditation.  Session is with the clothes on.

What is Massage and Bodywork Therapy?
(Source: ABMP: )

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts, dating back at least 3000 years.  Massage and bodywork together are defined as the application of soft tissue and muscular structure manipulation techniques to the human body.  Massage has proven very beneficial to many aspects of human health. Massage and Bodywork are widely accepted professional practices and are regulated by the State of Indiana.  Massage therapists are held to a code of ethics. Benefits of Massage Therapy Useful for a broad range of conditions. It can:
  • Be pampering, rejuvenating, or therapeutic
  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • Assist with short, easier labor for expectant mothers
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow – the bodies natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak muscles – relax overused muscles
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Relieve migraine pain – release endorphins, which act as the body’s natural painkiller
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Much more
Massage Therapy is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs.  It has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions including: low back pain, arthritis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. Massage can also help manage stress.  This translates into:
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

Please note: Massage and Bodywork Therapy specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure or any other or any other service, procedure, or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.

Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique that promotes healing. It is based on the wisdom that everyone has life force energy that flows through us. When our energy is off-balance or blocked, we are more likely to become sick, stressed, or even injured. Reiki helps us by re-aligning our life force energy and removing blocks that are preventing our bodies from healing. It basically speeds up our natural inclination to heal ourselves by removing obstacles.

Reiki is safe, non-invasive technique that can be done hands-on (similar to Healing Touch Therapy, often utilized by nurses in patient care), or off-the-body (in the etheric body, or aura). A Reiki session feels very relaxing. Clients often report sensations of warmth, tingling, and peace when on the table. Reiki is method of healing that anyone can benefit from; although Reiki can be very spiritual by nature, it is not affiliated with any one religion, and is therefore a wonderful modality for people of all ages and beliefs. It has been effective in helping the body to heal from a wide range of physical and emotional maladies.

Some Commonly Found Benefits of Reiki:
~ Deep relaxation
~ Accelerated self-healing abilities
~ Better sleep
~ Reduced blood pressure
~ Help with chronic problems (ex: asthma, headaches, fatigue, arthritis, depression, anxiety, etc)
~ Can aid in breaking addictions
~ Reduces pain
~ Assists body in detoxifying
~ Aids body in recovering from other healing modality side effects (surgery, chemotherapy, etc)
~ Supports immune system
~ Increases vitality
~ Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
~ Helps emotional clearing
~ Improved mental clarity
~ Improved blood circulation
~ Aids in grieving process  
~ Promotes natural health and happiness!

Holistic Life Coaching Services

Holistic Life and Career Coaching - Assistance with life direction, transitions, new careers and lifestyles. Intended to empower individuals in life changing positive transformation.

Individual, Family and Relationship Coaching - heart centered coaching that provides a safe space for healing and positive change. Coaching that will encourage individuals to bring more awareness to their complete person - mind, body, heart, spirit, and emotions.

Holistic Life Coaching - Make powerful changes through positive action! Based on the client's expressed interests, goals and objectives this relationship helps move you into designing a life you love. Through inquiry, reflection and discussion we develop ways for you to achieve your goals.

Whether you’re wishing to live a healthier lifestyle, make a change or transition in your life, deepen your awareness or your connection to the natural world, Holistic Life Coaching is meant to help you make important changes in your life. A relationship that focuses on YOU, what you need, what you want and what will help you achieve your goals, is the heart of our practice. Benefits of coaching:
  • increased success in  reaching your goals
  • structure and accountability
  • tools to help create and design a life you choose and desire
  • building deeper relationships
  • alignment of the choices you make with your intended outcomes
  • a deeper awareness
  • freedom from your own limitations
  • fostering practices that keep you connected to your inner wisdom and guidance
  • feelings of gratitude flowing through your life
  • a stronger sense of health and happiness
  • support, encouragement, unconditional love
All services for Michael Hicks are $70 per hour.
  • Find out if it's a good fit - free initial 30 minute consultation
  • 10% off for clients who schedule weekly or bi-weekly or buy 5 or more sessions at a time.
  • 10% off for CSA members, students, EcoVillage members, and EcoVillage supporting members
  • $10 off a future appt. for every new client referred.
Please talk to Michael if there is a difficulty of making payment. Options are available.

If cancelling an appointment, please give 24 hours notice or full fees will still apply.



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5907 W. County Road 375 South
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Living Roots Inc., 5907 W. County Road 375 South, French Lick, IN 47432

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