Alyse Kribs: From Addiction to Helping Others Heal—Massage is for EveryBody

Massage therapist and ABMP essay award winner Alyse Kribs.

By Lisa Bakewell


Alyse Kribs was one of the winners of ABMP’s Massage is for EveryBody 2021 contest, and we wanted to share more of her story, which exemplifies the inclusive values of this campaign. Please join us in celebrating Alyse!

“When it comes to giving back, you can only give what you already have,” says Alyse Kribs, owner of Daydreams Massage in Naperville, Illinois. “Some people are wealthy and can donate large sums of money, some have an abundance of time to give, and some hairdressers give free haircuts. I’m a massage therapist that likes to give free massages!”

Kribs says she loves the quote “You only keep what you have by giving it away,” because monetarily, she has complete faith that what goes around comes around. Volunteerism has a special place in Kribs’s heart. It was finding her own way out of addiction that has inspired her to help others who are struggling. “Now that I know a way out, I am dedicated to sharing with others.”

And even though she feels she’s only making small strides to advocate for those suffering from addiction and mental illness at the moment, largely because of the challenges of COVID, she has bigger plans for the future and for reaching more people.

“For now, I volunteer at halfway houses when I have time,” Kribs says. “I am a safe person for my friends who are actively using and seeking help. And during massages, I am a listening ear for everyone. I don’t discriminate, and I am actively researching alternative therapies to help people with these ailments—things like acupressure, EFT (emotional freedom technique), reiki, sound healing, and soul retrieval.”

When Kribs started massage school, she was only two years into her recovery, attending 12-step meetings, and going to weekly therapy sessions. “My therapist was my mentor,” she says. “She believed in me, she saw my light, and persuaded me to go back to massage school (I had dropped out of my first program about six years ago). Lisa helped me work through traumas and gave me so many tools that I will continue to use for the rest of my life.”

Kribs is inspired, too, when visiting treatment centers and talking to active users. “Going into treatment centers and talking to people who are actively using is a great reminder of how far I fell,” she says, “but also how far I have come from there. Today, I am able to clearly see that addiction is not a choice; it’s a mental illness that has gone untreated. It helps me forgive myself because I know now that I was very sick and wouldn't have made those poor choices in a healthy state of mind.”

Through her own experiences, Kribs says she learned that addiction and trauma cause a separation in body, mind, and soul, and to truly heal, the lost parts need to be retrieved and realigned. “Massage gives people a time to be quiet with their thoughts,” she says, “to meditate, to become aware of their feelings and their bodies, and to care for themselves. [Massage may also] bring to light mental and physical ailments that a person has been running from, and they can decide if they want to face it.”

Having lost her father, her son’s father, and countless friends to addiction, Kribs says she gives back for them—trying to help others from self-medicating and to reach those who have already fallen.

“Touch is a powerful thing, especially in these times of isolation. Some one-on-one time can really brighten up a person’s day!”

Related content:

• Massage is for EveryBody is ABMP’s annual celebration of massage therapy and the philanthropic efforts of our members. Read more about the event, and the guiding principles that drive it, here: www.abmp.com/updates/blog-posts/massage-everybody-evolution-movement.

• To read the winning essays from 2021’s Massage is for EveryBody celebration, go to www.abmp.com/massage-week-awards.

• View the 2021 Massage is for EveryBody Week award winners' panel presentation shown during the 2021 ABMP CE Summit here.

Category: 

News

Agenda Confirms CAMTC Could Seek Fee Hike

CAMTC's meeting agenda confirms there may be a vote on a fee increase and discloses meeting location. Submit comments to the CAMTC as soon as possible.

Blog

Make Gratitude Part of Your Daily Life

Man Giving Thanks to Nature.

While this is the time of year that #gratitude starts trending, living a grateful life is not something to wrap up in a day, a week, a month . . . or a hashtag. We need to honor it all from an open heart.

Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Can Help with PTSD

CranioSacral Therapy can help with PTSD.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on treatment modality that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

Benefits

ABMP’s Lymph Talk Series

Lymph Talk is a series of conversations ABMP Director of Professional Education Kristin Coverly had with practitioners who specialize in the manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) modality. These talks were recorded in conjunction with the October 25, 2022, free, online ABMP CE Summit on Lymph. Kristin says, “My hope is that these conversations increase the awareness of MLD and demonstrate how effective it can be with different populations so massage therapists and bodyworkers are inspired to learn more about this gentle, yet powerful modality!”

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—MLD: Basic Techniques for the Neck and Face

Gain an understanding of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) movements and the location of important lymphatic structures as you watch Nicola McGill’s dynamic demonstration of three MLD techniques and MLD sequences for the neck and face. Learn about this important modality that, when provided effectively, can support and enhance the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and eventually back to the cardiovascular system.

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—Introduction to Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic form of bodywork that enhances and supports the movement of fluid through the lymphatic system to support health and well-being. Developed by Danish therapists Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s, MLD is now practiced extensively by health and wellness practitioners and is used within the medical community to treat lymphedema and post-surgical and post-traumatic edema. Join Nicola McGill in this engaging course to learn the benefits, indications, and mechanics of this gentle, effective modality.

Please note: We have recently updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Learn more...