Margaret Harstad is the owner of Muggymoose Massage, and a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Thai Therapist. She works with clients to create sessions that benefit their specific needs. Her specialty is Thai Bodywork, having been certified with the Thai Healing Alliance since 2008. Her work also includes Therapeutic Table Massage, Yoga, Partner Yoga, Chi Nei Tsang, Essential Oils and Ayurvedic Specialty Treatments. She travels often to her teachers in the United States and Thailand. This includes over 1,000 hours of training in Thai Massage, over 1,000 hours in traditional massage and 600 in Hatha, Restorative and Partner Yoga.
Margaret completed training with Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage in Vermont, 2003. She studied Thai Bodywork with Pichest Boonthumme, Om Rinraya and “Na” of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Tanya Boigenzahn of Minneapolis and Bob Hadaad. Additional Teachers / Centers Margaret has trained with are: yoga training with Yoga North of Duluth MN, Partner Yoga with Elysabeth Williamson of Santa Barbara CA, Ayurveda with Himalayan Institute of Honesdale PA, and Ayurveda with Indu Arora of Yog Sadhna. Ayurvedic Essential Oils education has come through DoTerra of Salt Lake City UT.
Prior to the field of massage, Margaret worked as an Elementary Art Teacher, graduating from the University of Vermont. She also was a sailing and climbing guide for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Naturalist for Hennepin Parks, and owned an Outdoor Food Company creating culinary delights for outdoor travel.
She has lived in Duluth since 2004 with her husband, Hansi, and their son, Tae. They enjoy involvement in the Duluth outdoors, including mountain biking, Nordic and Alpine skiing, running, canoeing, and more. Other joys include cooking, gardening, yoga, running her business, and spending time in nature. She feels lucky and honored every day she comes to her studio to work with this amazing community.
Margaret has certifications as a Certified Massage Therapist, a Registered Thai Therapist, a Principle Based Partner Yoga Teacher, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and values the integrity of training and certification. She is registered in all the modalities she practices on clients.
Emily is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of Lake Superior College, 2015. She has an adaptive touch specific to each individual's needs, and integrates the modalities of Myofascial Release, Swedish, and Deep Tissue techniques, with a creative & relaxing flow. She also offers Traditional Ashiatsu, using foot pressure and Chinese Meridian mapping to assess pain and the well-being of the body as a whole. She has trained with highly sought after healer, Rainbowfire PeiChing Lu, in Miami, FL.
Emily is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, studying and receiving her 200 hour Hatha Yoga certification at the Sivananda Ashram of Netala, India in 2011. She teaches a slower, thoughtful style of vinyasa, that focuses on organic alignment, engagement, and breath. With over 1,300 hours of teaching experience, from hot yoga to yin, SUP yoga to Chakra workshops ~ her classes are sincere and unique. Her love and passion for holistic healing through movement and intention are apparent on both the mat and massage table.
Born in Venezuela and raised in Louisiana, Emily spent years chasing adventures and backpacking across the globe, after receiving a BFA from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She found a home in Duluth, on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior in 2008. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, creating art of any kind, singing, and playing outside with friends, loved ones, and her dog, Vera.