What is a Root Therapy session?

What happens when you invite your whole self into the room? Ease. New Choices. Amplified Health.

Root Therapy sessions and workshops draw on a blend of techniques to help clients feel at home in their bodies and lives. Work is tailored to support your innate ability to heal:

  • Neuromuscular therapy for chronic and acute pain
  • Zero Balancing to address stress or anxiety
  • Craniosacral therapy to build clarity and capacity
  • Embodied Writing workshops to integrate mind, body, and voice


About Johanna Franzel, BCST, LMT, MEd

My own path to creating a healing practice has been circuitous:  I am a long-time educator who has worked in public radio since 2002. I’ve also worked as a museum guide in the Grand Canyon, a farmer apprentice in Northern India, and as a program manager in public schools in New York City. I’ve taught writing and social studies to middle schoolers in Costa Rica and documentary radio to incarcerated youth in Maine.  I’ve produced radio specials that highlight young people’s experience on topics as wide ranging as immigration, parenting and the environment.

In 2006, faced with the reality of my own health issues, I began to widen the circle of my interests. Curiosity (and desperation!) led me to investigate an array of modalities, from acupuncture, to nutrition, to energy-based therapies, to structural therapies such as Craniosacral, Integrated Awareness, and massage. I found that each of these approaches helped me feel more at home in myself, and better able to manage my own healing process.

With the gift of hindsight, I see how these many strands help weave a broad  support for those I serve: I pay close attention to people’s stories, and offer kind, non-judgmental guidance to help individuals articulate their own gifts.  I see now how teaching, storytelling and body study all help build the foundations of a holistic healing practice.

Outside of my practice, I am an avid lover of gardens, of making and hearing music, watching fireflies, gathering with friends, playing with my husband and daughter, good jokes, and adventures great and small.

Areas of Study
I began my study of craniosacral therapy in 2012 via trainings with both the Upledger Institute and Courageous Heart Therapies (where I discovered the richness of the Biodynamic approach). In 2018, after a two and a half year training with Dr. Kate Klemer in Northampton, Massachusetts, I received certification in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. I am also a student of Zero Balancing and graduated from the Namaste Institute of Massage in Portland, Maine in June of 2013. I apprenticed with Integrated Awareness in 2008 and am a Reiki Level 2 practitioner.  Before beginning my health studies, I received my B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1999, attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2002 and received my Masters in Education – specializing in digital media and storytelling – from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2006.

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