What would happen if you believed you were enough?
Rebecca Nenno, LMT
Massage Therapist, Thai Practitioner, Yoga Teacher
Rebecca attended a 600HR course at The National Massage Therapy Institute of Philadelphia in 2008-09, graduating with a national certification and PA License. Since then, Rebecca has gained experience working for spas, chiropractors, and in wellness centers, while simultaneously opening and growing Mind & Body Wellness. She has been trained in Thai Bodywork by the Vedic Conservatory, and also offers cupping AND GuaSha, two healing Chinese techniques that are not commonly seen on spa menus in the Bennington area. Her preferred modality is Thai, which makes its way into mostly every treatment, and her specialties are in injury rehabilitation and musculoskeletal imbalances. With her extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, her work has been best described as 'corrective', but her spa experience adds an element of comfort and luxury to each treatment.
Ashtanga-Vinyasa w/ Rebecca Nenno
(Drop-in $15 per class)
Rebecca teaches Astanga-Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga at The Yoga Place!
Ashtanga- Vinyasa is sometimes interchangeably called Flow Yoga. The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses for example. In Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. A vinyasa is part of Ashtanga practice, though the two are typically used interchangeably in America. The purpose is to harness inner power, gain awareness and unify mind, body & soul, creating a sense of well-being while aligning and toning the body.
Restore and Align is a class that will teach you how to scan your body for imbalances and energetic blocks, as well as provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to successfully release them, promoting healing, restoration, and alignment. Rebecca comes with 11 years of yoga experience and a passion for helping others to bring peace and balance to their lives. The class highlights on teachings in the Hatha and Iyengar yoga traditions, and is a series of slow intentional movements and holds that may only LOOK easy. Bring only your desire to release. Your best is good enough for this introductory class, designed for all levels of yoga practitioners.
We are the Architects of Our Dreams
My name is Rebecca. I have been on a journey, fueled by a dream: to live in fullness and oneness with myself and the world around me. I've lived my life with a subtle awareness of my potential to achieve this, which started at a young age, but I had no idea the journey that was necessary to achieve that greatness, nor how exactly to get there. I am indeed still climbing that mountain and have learned a great amount along the way. I come from a humble place with a message to share.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an architect. Though I was raised in a devoted religious household, I wasn’t taught the value or necessity of hard work. My mother struggled with recurring bouts of mental illness and my father was often too distracted by her to pay attention to me and my 4 younger siblings, so I mainly had to rely on my own devises to acquire anything in life I desired beyond the basic necessities.
A general sense of longing, and a vague urgency to achieve followed me into early adulthood as I struggled to put myself through college. I teetered back and forth between focused (though impatient) motivation, and crippling self-defeat. I finally graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. The five or so years after college were perhaps the most trying of my life, facing lay-offs, buying and then losing my first house, and birthing my first child in 2008, as a single mother from the very start. Existential crisis, self-doubt, and self-pity followed me like a dark rain cloud as I tried to make my way towards that abstract goal of 'happiness'. Wading through the oh-too-familiar, ever-present sense of longing. The feeling of treading water to the point of drowning. Poverty. This was my reality.
While still in college, I became interested in yoga for relaxation. I found it fascinating how our mental thoughts and actions so affected our physical body. And though it would be years before I realized the true meaning and extensive value in yoga, those first few years began in me a life-long transformation that is still in process today. And it was the practice of yoga that sparked my interest in the healing arts and massage therapy. I quickly discovered a passion for the art of yoga and bodywork, and a gift for helping others who who were on the same path.
About 6 months after my son was born, and as a result of an increasingly brutal job market during the economic crisis in 2008, I decided to go back to school for massage therapy. I completed a 600-hr program at The National Massage Therapy Institute of Philadelphia. While many of my classmates were creating fictional business documents as practice for a business development and management class, I was using my school assignments to propel myself forward into a new career. Upon graduating, I had already been licensed and was starting my LLC in Philadelphia. In 2016, I was voted top 10 massage therapist in the Philadelphia area by www.AmericasTop10.com. I ran and operated a successful massage practice for about 8 years, before moving to Upstate New York in 2017, and then to Bennington VT in 2019.
My dedicated yoga training began in 2013, after having surmounted a devastating break-up and facing the fear of homelessness for me and my 5-year-old son. I had always struggled with mental health, and now I had some significant healing to do. I was so broken that I knew I would not make it through without some sort of help. I begrudgingly peeled myself out of bed, dropped my son at day care, and forced myself through an intensive yoga program at MotherHeart Yoga Sangha, under the instruction of Dawn Smelser, all while working 2 jobs and running a budding massage business. My goal each day was to make it through a class without my eyes welling up with tears as I deepened my practice and faced my weakness. Most days I did not succeed.
Slowly I processed my feelings. I dove into my fears, forced myself forward, acknowledging the one resounding benefit of hitting rock bottom: there's only one way to go from there: UP! My life since then has improved tremendously, and I have myself and my yoga practice to thank for that. To me, the number one characteristic of success is CONTENTMENT. It was always the one thing I was missing in my life. I never felt good enough, or close enough, or strong enough to achieve my goals. But all at once in 2013, I made it my mission to succeed. Failure was not an option, and I was done threading water. Yoga was my devise to get there. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ means ‘to harness’ or ‘yolk’. The concept is simple. To harness and yolk together all the different aspects of yourself, mind, body and soul, and attempt to bring everything in balance, so that the body and being can find homeostasis. It is truly amazing what you can accomplish. Perception is everything.
I discovered that the key to my success was changing the way I thought about myself and my life. Negative thoughts lead to stress, stress to physical tension, physical tension to disease, creating a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle of mind-body illness, that becomes a knot in the center of your being that can take years to untangle. Learning to harness the mind is the first step to reversing that cycle. Some days are still a struggle. Life is unpredictable, and we live in hard times, but I am so close to that goal, some days I’m actually there, and always so, so very far away from the negative feelings that once held me back. My message is simple. You can do this too! With effort, love and mindfulness, you can begin to heal yourself too.
On September 16, 2017, I married my husband. My son, Kaleb, is now a happy, healthy, smart 11-year-old. Today I am working full-time as an architectural designer, running a small massage practice as a side business, and I teach the valuable lessons I’ve learned in life and yoga through my yoga classes at The Yoga Place.