Spotlight on Barb Jochum, PhD: cutting through life’s clutter to find clarity in true wellness

Do you ever feel stuck or like you are spinning your wheels but not going anywhere? Do you know what you want to do or how you want to be, but don’t know how to get there? Does it feel like life is flying by and you are so busy you don’t notice the world around you? Life can get clutter, our thoughts can get cluttered and confusing and difficult to sort through.


IMG_0611My name is Barb Jochum. My occupational history is as a licensed therapist where I have worked in mental health for over twenty years. In my professional journey, I have seen multitudes of clients who describe being at a “stuck point” in life, or in circumstances correlating to their mental health concerns. I started to see a pattern, a correlation in my practice with these client’s major concerns, and this correlation has prompted a movement in me to help people from a different angle – one of wellness.

I have worked with countless people who describe feeling sad, stuck, anxious, having a lack of control in their lives, etc., only to acknowledge they are in a job that is unfulfilling, a relationship that isn’t healthy, or a situation that cannot change anytime soon, like being a parent of small children or a caretaker to an ill parent or family member.  Situations cannot change overnight, but when it is recognized and a plan of how to make changes is implemented, hope enters their life. I have seen these same people make changes that over time significantly lessened or eliminated their “symptoms” and moved them into a place of contentment or joy.

I am passionate about therapeutic wellness, holistic healing, and embracing our authentic selves. In my personal journey, I have experienced my own healing through good nutrition, mindfulness, exercise, brainspotting, energy work, essential oils, and much more.  This has prompted me to want to help guide others to experience their own healing or growth. And thus the shift from practicing licensed therapy to becoming a life coach and wellness consultant. 


Through coaching and brainspotting, I am committed to guiding others on a journey of self-exploration through goal setting, overcoming barriers, empowerment, mindfulness, and other techniques to create movement or fulfillment in one’s life. Each session is directed by the client. I will offer suggestions, guidance, and ideas that you may implement, modify, or dismiss.

So what is brainspotting?

Brainspotting (BSP): “Where we look affects how we feel”. BSP makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions.  It is believed that BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal that the source of the problem has been found. BSP can also be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. BSP is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many of the healing modalities. BSP can also be used with performance and creativity enhancement. 

Other services I offer:

Life coaching:  This is a journey of self-exploration through goal setting, overcoming barriers, empowerment, mindfulness, and other techniques to create movement and/or fulfillment in your life.

Mindfulness coaching: Learn and practice the basic principles of mindfulness and the continuum of practice techniques that go with it or expand an already existing mindfulness practice. This includes breath work, meditation, guided imagery, movement meditation, and more.

Intuitive card reading: This is a process in which I will use chakra cards as an intuitive guide to assist you in decision making, guide you through a stuck point in your life, or help you discern the direction of any area of your life.


Please call Tree of Life Wellness Center in Albertville to book your first session or try an introductory sampler which is a 30-minute session that will let you sample life coaching, mindfulness, brainspotting, and a Chakra card reading. 


The Synchrony of Healing: The Physical, Mental, and Emotional Influences on Healing by Heidi Gilman

Heidi Gilman

The Unity of Healing: The Physical, Mental, and Emotional Influences on Healing by Heidi Gilman

Healing. What is healing? Is it taking care of that pain, the headaches, the digestive issues, to get you feeling better? Or does it go much deeper than that?

Heidi Gilman is a Certified Shiatsu Bodywork/Massage Practitioner, Energy Psychology Practitioner, and Hypnotherapist. She was led into healing after struggling with her own health issues. Heidi started off with Shiatsu – Asian bodywork therapy that implements the concepts of Chinese Medicine Theory like acupuncture. This opened her up to the amazing ability the body has to heal itself. She experienced an increase of energy flowing through the body, pain relief, energy and immune system improvement as well as digestive improvements. This has led to more training in CranioSacral Therapy, and Lymphatic Drainage and energy healing.

As Heidi began to work with clients she realized that emotion played a huge role in healing and could really hinder the healing process so she decided to get certified in Hypnotherapy. There is a constant pull to work at the energetic level of the body, bringing in more energy healing training. And then it became apparent that we need to heal at that spirit/soul level to really heal. So she takes a mind, body, spirit approach to healing. Heidi also worked as a Chiropractic Assistant and at another Wellness Center for several years, helping her to understand the many dysfunctions and diseases that people seek healing for.


Healing actually touches all levels of the human body – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. There is interconnectedness between all these levels. We can take a symptom such as a headache, and provide physical treatment. Work on the body and release the tension in the neck, head, and shoulders and get some good relief and feel good. But there is so much more to explore! Suppose a headache and neck tension is real because the liver or gallbladder is stressed from life in general, diet, change of season or pathogenic. The gallbladder and liver meridian becomes stagnant and creates tension in the channels that creates tension in the neck, shoulders and up through the head, causing pain and discomfort. Understanding this, it would be beneficial to work those meridians, the liver and gallbladder organs, avoid foods that aggravate, do some liver gallbladder detoxification and release the stress that is the cause of it all in the first place. Because of the interconnectedness, we can address a symptom in several ways. The physical work on the body can connect and influence a release of the emotion that is holding the pain. The release of the emotion can then allow a healing of the spirit, creating a sense of well-being and gratitude. Another direction is working it from the other way. Working at the level of spirit. Releasing subconscious thought patterns that hold this emotion in place, that causes the meridian to be stagnant, which leads to the pain and tension in the neck, shoulders, and head.

Sounds complicated? Really it all makes perfect sense. Let’s say every spring you have these headaches, neck and shoulder pain. It may be a stressful time of the year at work. Maybe you have deadlines to finish and you would like to take a family vacation. Maybe one year in the past when this started there was a trauma that happened to you or family member. It’s grilling season and you might be having cravings for spicy heavy foods on that grill like meats and brats.

So you now have the influence of time of year – Spring is Liver/gallbladder time – these energies are more influential at this time of year.

There is a stress on the organs from the spicy heavy meaty foods.

You want to get your work caught up, including all the spring home clean up so you can get on that vacation. Kids may be busy with all the end of school year activity. Stress!!

The trauma from years past is still in your subconscious mind, and same time of year is triggering a re-living of the trauma subconsciously even if you are not aware.

You might be feeling angry or frustrated – the emotions of Liver and Gallbladder, and deflated in life in general – Wow, now you can see why this is a killer neck and shoulder or headache pain and you feel yukky in general!

We can take this whole bag of influences and use Shiatsu bodywork including other techniques to balance it out as well as bring relief from that headache and tightness. It is a feel good whole body massage and lets you get back to life. With Shiatsu the client remains clothed in light comfortable, movable clothing. There are no oils or lotions applied. It is kneading, soothing, tapping as well as addressing particular acupuncture points. Many times clients will just say “I just feel so out of sorts”. Shiatsu can help balance the body again and they feel better physically, emotionally and their well-being. Then when the client is ready, they can explore some mind – spirit work to get to a deeper level of healing.

There is also an opportunity to take a self-healing class where the individuals meet as a group and learn self-healing techniques such as Qi Gong, meditation, energy balancing movements and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis. This is a form of self-hypnosis that releases inner baggage and allows you to program in the changes you would like to make.

So Healing – it may seem complicated but really it becomes very simple after there is more body, mind, spirit awareness.

For more information on these healing sessions, you can visit

Heidi takes appointments at Tree of Life Wellness Center, Albertville MN.

Muscles, Fascia, and the Misunderstood Pain They Create By Dr. Josh Cadwallader DPT, CMTPT

Do you have stiffness in your neck, shoulders, or low back? Is it getting harder to get on and off the floor? Do you struggle to bend over to pick things up?  Or maybe you have headaches far too often?

If these sound familiar to you, and you have run through all the other treatment options with short-lasting benefits or no benefits at all, don’t get down. No, you are not crazy!  You just have misunderstood myofascial pain. I am here to tell you that there are other options.   Over the past two decades, research has started to catch up with two ancient therapies: Trigger Point Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.

My name is Dr. Josh Cadwallader, I am a Physical Therapist and the owner of Orthopedic headshot 480 by 600& Spine Therapy of Albertville. We are located inside the InFIT building by D Michael B’s.  My family and I moved to STMA in the fall of 2016 after 10 years of practicing therapy in Wisconsin. I have extensive training in myofascial pain syndromes and trigger points.  I hope to change how the profession looks at the misunderstood aspects of pain.   

I grew up in Maple Grove, MN. I graduated from Osseo Senior High School and went on to complete my Bachelor’s degree as well as my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. My career brought me to Northern Wisconsin ten years ago, and my career and my family have now brought me back home.  

The longer I practice, the more I notice patterns to how people present to physical therapy.  Most people do not seek therapy for acute or new issues.  Instead, they seek therapy for chronic symptoms that have been going on for months, years or even decades. My patients have been to other therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and some have even had surgeries. Most people were happy with the short-term relief they experienced from all of these providers, but they have become resigned to the fact that some pain or discomfort would be “just a fact of life.”  I do not believe anyone has to live this way.

The majority of my patients have never had trigger points or fascia treated, and this is why the long-term results have not been achieved. After a few sessions with me, my patients are moving better, sleeping better, and feeling better than they have in years. My goal for my patients is an active, healthy, pain-free life. The best and most efficient way to achieve this is through Trigger Point Dry Needling and functional Myofascial Cupping.

FullSizeRender (1)What Is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a specific treatment technique that uses a solid filament needle to treat muscle trigger points that create pain and discomfort. A muscle trigger point is a Specific “knot” that is very tender or sore to the touch.  They are found in a tight band of muscle fibers. These muscle trigger points – which are located throughout the human body – play a role in producing and sustaining feelings of pain and discomfort. Trigger points develop in muscle for various reasons including referred or local pain, inflammation, tissue injury or other causes. Studies from the United States have shown that trigger points were the primary source of pain in as many as 85% of pain-related appointments with a primary care doctor.

Side effects:

  • Soreness is common, much like after an intense workout
  • Minor bleeding or bruising is rare but can happen

Dry Needling may not be right for you if:

  • You are on a blood thinner
  • You have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
  • You are pregnant. (Dry Needling is safe after the first trimester of pregnancy in areas away from the abdomen)

What is Myofascial Cupping? FullSizeRender

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1550 B.C.

Side Effects:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Bruises
  • Burns (rare)
  • Skin infection (rare)

Cupping may not be right for you if:

  • You are on a blood thinner
  • Have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
  • Have a strong dislike for bruising, especially in areas that skin is showing when dressed.

Now is the time to take action. If you are looking to move better, feel better, and live better, don’t let pain get in the way of your daily activities.  Call now to book an appointment with Dr. Josh.

Dr. Josh is now taking appointments at Tree of Life Wellness Center.

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Spotlight on Bodywork: Meet Our Therapists

Most of us highly appreciate the value of massage. Whether massage helps you lower your anxiety and stress, find relief from chronic health issues, or simply serve as an extra reason to get away for some time to yourself, getting in for a massage session is highly beneficial for your health. And for many of us, we don’t even realize all the symptoms massage can treat! See our previous post 4 Massage Modalities You May not Know About and How You Can Benefit to see more of what we are doing here at Tree of Life!

Below you’ll find the biographies of our current massage therapists.Each of them is highly skilled and passionate about serving and caring for each client they see. Their wish is for each one of us to slow down, tune into our bodies, and find new ways to thrive.

All three of these incredible therapists are now booking! Let’s let them introduce themselves…

Crystal Colvin

Crystal Colvin, LMT has a passion for natural healing and working to get the body back to its natural state, and believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. She has worked with local chiropractors and specializes in Therapeutic Massage. Crystal’s mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance through personal wellness. A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body/mind, Crystal is a proponent of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress, and strongly believes it’s a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being. She strives to make each session on her table meaningful to you in guiding your body toward balance, restoration, and relaxation. She graduated with a degree in Massage Therapy from MSB/Globe University, and has advanced knowledge of anatomy & physiology and specializes in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Prenatal Massage, and Hot Stone Massage. 


Cindy Wassermann is very excited to join the Tree of Life team and help clients with their needs. She has been a massage therapist for over 20 years. She went to Touch of Life School of Massage. “I create a massage that will suit your specific

Cindy Wassermann

needs. My approach offers harmony, balance and ease to your busy life.” Cindy offers a therapeutic massage blending Swedish massage with acupressure and connective tissue techniques. She also performs seated chair massage- foot reflexology-Hot stone massage and Deep tissue massage. “I am looking forward to meeting and helping you and others!”

Heidi Gilman is a Healing Practitioner for Body, Mind and Soul.  Her passion is to help relieve pain, discomfort, stress and blocked emotions, and to educate her clients on self-healing. This helps people move towards a happier, healthier more balanced life.

Heidi Gilman

 A serious health condition started her journey into healing therapies.  As she regained her health she developed a love for the healing arts.  Heidi’s healing sessions include: Shiatsu Bodywork/massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal Massage), Korean Hand Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Energy Healing, Intuitive Readings with Spiritual Energy Healing.  Heidi is a certified Diplomate in Shiatsu Bodywork Therapy and a member of the AOBTA.  She has training in Advanced Asian Bodywork, Chi Nei Tsang, Korean Hand Therapy, Gui Sha, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Quantum Techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique and Energy Healing.  Heidi is a Certified 5 Path and 7th Path Hypnotherapist and is a member of the National Guild.  Heidi is a Certified Alternative Holistic Psychology Practitioner.  Heidi enjoys learning Body, Mind and  Spirit Healing, spending time with family and friends – include the furry ones, nature, walking and gardening.  She is excited to provide healing sessions for the community.