Margaret Harstad is the owner, a massage therapist and an educator at Muggymoose. She continues to study Thai Bodywork, Massage, Yoga, Partner Yoga, Chi Nei Tsang, Essential Oils and Ayurveda with teachers in the United States and Thailand. This includes over 1000 hours of training in Thai Massage, over 1000 hours in traditional massage and 600 in Hatha, Restorative and Partner Yoga.
Margaret has completed training with Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage in Vermont. She has studied Thai Bodywork with Pichest Boonthumme, Om Rinraya and “Na” of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Tanya Boigenzahn of Minneapolis and Bob Hadaad of the Thai Healing Alliance. She has studied Yoga and Partner Yoga with Yoga North of Duluth MN and Elysabeth Williamson of Santa Barbara, California. She has also studied Ayurveda with Kathryn Templeton and Sarah Gugliemi of the Himalayan Institute of Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Essential Oils education has all come through DoTerra of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Prior to the field of massage, Margaret worked as an Elementary Art Teacher, 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 hopes to help her clients and students keep their bodies beautiful inside and out, so they can move with grace in this life and beyond. She feels lucky and honored every day she comes to her studio to work with this amazing community.
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.
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 and 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, having received her training at Lake Superior College. She has developed an adaptive touch, specific to each individual's needs, while integrating 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 (and continues to train) with highly sought after healer, Rainbowfire PeiChing Lu, in Miami, FL.
Emily is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, having studied and received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga certification at the Sivananda Ashram of Netala, India. She teaches a slower, thoughtful style of vinyasa, that focuses on organic alignment, engagement, and breath. With over 1300 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.