I'm Laura Magpali, and I offer you A Sanctuary for Healing

I created A Sanctuary for Healing to get sufferers of chronic pain off the expensive, time-consuming merry-go-round of therapy and doctor visits.

  • If you have accepted "manageable" pain as just a part of life...
  • If you feel like nobody believes or understands your chronic pain...
  • If you have tried everything and nothing worked...
  • If you believe that nobody can help you...

Allow me the privilege of serving you with effective & rejuvenating therapy to your body, your mind, and your spirit. My clients get long lasting pain relief when they work with me.

I’m Laura Magpali, certified master practitioner of the revolutionary Bowenwork healing technique and Reiki Master.

"I've suffered horribly from fibromyalgia - over 17 years!  Touching me even lightly caused great pain.  After the 1st bowen treatment I was pain free for 3 days! 2nd treatment 5 days and my family and friends noticed a wonderfully big difference in me.  After the third treatment my husband was able to hug me for the first time in many years - without it hurting.  You don't realize how much pain fibromyalgia causes as you become consumed with the pain.  I took a chance and tried Bowen Therapy and my life has been changed dramatically.  My life is great, I can go out and enjoy time with my girlfriends and family. I am smiling, happy and am myself again.  I have been able to return to my business  part time which is great. I missed out on a lot of things especially the hugs from and to my grandchildren, with Bowen I can now enjoy my grandchildren and their activities.  I can sleep through the night again without pain after years of lack of sleep.  I can take walks again where I couldn't before, I can do normal daily routines again. I'm pain free and enjoying life to the fullest."

Deb Hunter

A Sanctuary for Healing offers two healing services, Bowenwork™ and Reiki.

Laura Magpali performing Bowen therapy at her clinic A Sanctuary For Healing
Laura Magpali performing Bowen therapy at her clinic A Sanctuary For Healing
Bowenwork™ is a gentle, hands-on system of healing that resets the body’s tension and compensation patterns, thus the body can heal itself. This therapy is safe for people of all ages, and conditions, and is effective for treating a wide variety of physical concerns. Bowenwork™’s primary benefit is in creating not only relief – Bowenwork™ is famous for lasting results!

Also known as Bowen therapy, or “Bowen” after Thomas Bowen, the Australian developer of this profound form of body work, Bowenwork™ consists of gentle rolling maneuvers at specific points over muscle, nerves, and connective tissue.  Conveniently, it can be done through clothing.

Bowenwork™ communicates with the central nervous system, instructing all the body’s systems as to what to do. The goal is to have the body come into balance. As it does so, lasting results are achieved.

The Bowenwork™ technique is a completely unique, gentle, and non-invasive system of single, multiple, or opposing subtle, and precisely located movements. These “moves” stimulate or sedate body systems and organs depending on the direction the move is done. Interestingly, nearly all of these moves are performed over acupuncture points.

When Laura Magpali administers Bowenwork™, she performs specific sequences of gentle Bowenwork™ “moves” on specific places on the body.  She then steps out of the room for a couple of minutes, returning to add more “moves”, or sets of instructions throughout the session. This gives the body’s nervous system time to assimilate the instructions it has received without wasting any energy in differentiating the practitioner’s energy from their own. As the session proceeds, the body gets more and more relaxed.

Depending on the condition, Bownwork is typically received in three to 10 sessions, ideally one week apart.

A Sanctuary For Healing business card
A Sanctuary For Healing business card

Laura Magpali also offers Reiki sessions.  The primary benefits of Reiki results in creating profoundly deep relaxation, and a balancing of one’s inner world.

The word Reiki means “Universal Life Force Energy”.  Reiki originated in  Japan and is used for stress reduction and relaxation, which in turn, promotes healing. The practitioner may or may not place their hands on the body, according to their style or client preference, and can also be received fully clothed.  This energy comes through, but not from, the practitioner, and is based on the concept that “life force energy”, the energy that causes us to be alive, flows through the practitioner.

Reiki draws people who are seeking an emotional or psycho/spiritual approach to healing.  At its core, Reiki stimulates inner peace and one’s personal sense of direction. As the inner noise and static is calmed, the recipient’s inner truth is allowed to come forward. As with Bowenwork™, Reiki also helps speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other medical symptoms the client may be experiencing.

Laura Magpali also offers combination sessions comprised of both Bowenwork™ and Reiki.

Combining these two therapies can be very helpful for some clients. For example, two people might come in with very similar back pain issues.  The person who is focused on the actual physical back pain would get Bowenwork™; we’re focusing on their physicality. The person who is more conscious of how their pain is related to, for example, the pressures within their marriage, or a trauma would have a combination session, so we can address their inner and their outer realities.

Both of these therapies leave the client profoundly relaxed and refreshed.

About Laura Magpali

Laura Magpali smiling at her studio A Sanctuary for Healing
Laura Magpali. Bowenwork Practitioner and Reiki Master

I suffered for 20 years with debilitating chronic pain. I also endured migraines, lower back pain, and one respiratory illness after another. All of my pain made it so hard to sleep I developed insomnia. Living in pain all the time and barely being able to even move some days left me depressed. My symptoms flared up more often and lasted longer each time. My life slowly disintegrated before my eyes. Back then, I maybe had one or two days a month that I wasn’t sick, in pain, or both. I lost more than one job because of that.

It was no way to live.

Having been widowed in my early 40s with numerous health issues including chronic pain, I was motivated to begin my personal healing quest. The trauma of my husband's death in my 40's left me devastated. I realized that I seriously needed to re-evaluate my career path and my lifestyle. I knew I had to start by focusing on my health.

I was working as a mortgage broker when I suffered a herniated disc in my low back and I could barely walk, which ultimately led me to my first experience of energy healing. At the time I was seeing a chiropractor 3 times a week and still had no lasting improvements. I was on prescription medication and it wasn't making a difference. I decided that what I had been doing wasn't working and it was time to try something different.

I went to the energy healer for a reiki session thinking it would be like everything else: I'd feel a little better for a little while, but then everything would get worse again. To my amazement, I got off the table 85 percent better after just one treatment. And my practitioner didn’t even touch me!

That experience prompted me to become a Reiki Master Teacher and massage therapist.

After my first session I felt an emotional connection to myself that I hadn't ever felt before. I realized that I wanted to learn this amazing practice so I could pass the ability to truly heal on to others.

Reiki changed my relationship with myself and I truly began my journey, both in healing and in finding my vocation. It absolutely changed my life.

Later, as a massage therapist, I developed torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders. I underwent all the usual bodywork treatments (bodywork, chiropractic, physical therapy) two to three times a week. By this point, the handwriting was on the wall. I was seeing my beloved career quite literally slipping out of my hands.

Bowenwork™ got to the core cause of my persistent shoulder pain, which was a twisted pelvis from a car accident I was in as a young child.  Bowen unlocked the twist I had throughout my spine.  This allowed my body to come into balance so it could heal itself, and also provided far reaching positive effects on my present-day health.

I decided to get trained in Bowenwork™. The responses I witnessed in my clients inspired me to become proficient in this amazing therapy, including becoming a nationally certified instructor of this simply elegant healing modality.

I became a Reiki Master and have been teaching Reiki since 2000, and earned my massage license in 2001. My Reiki classes have been offered through Lane Community College since 2002. I began offering Bowenwork™ in 2005 and became a nationally certified Bowenwork™ instructor in 2012.

"I was going through a divorce. At my therapist's urging, I went to find out what energy work was and what it could do for me. Turned out it wasn't as weird as I'd imagined. It was super relaxing, like so relaxing you sorta don't know where you are, in a blissful sort of way. I was made to feel at ease right away; Laura has been so supportive and understanding, offering insights here and there that really helped. But it wasn't just relaxing. Over the weeks, I was sleeping better, that noticed I gradually felt better and better inside. The depression has lifted, I can think more clearly, and I feel way better about myself. I can't thank you enough!"

Jenny McQ.