“Reem Haque has always enjoyed working with people, she has a gift for understanding physical pain. She is particularly astute and empathetic in pinpointing the root cause of pain. Reem can feel her client’s pain spiritually and energetically. She was always drawn to the healing arts but was initially unaware of her uncanny ability to understand the deep mind, body, and spiritual impact that is the basis of physical pain.”
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 847-401-1888 | Practice Location: Palatine, IL
About Reem Haque
I started in the mainstream medical world as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1997. I worked in the field of nursing for 11 years as a staff nurse, care plan coordinator, and eventually a director of nursing in the skilled care arena. Although I was increasingly competent at my job, I was unable to achieve the human connection I desired with my patients through touch. I realized my passion for this lost art and decided to foster this interest by becoming a massage therapist. I completed my massage certification in January 2008, and became licensed in March of the same year. I started my massage practice in July, and have been thriving since. I have been able to satisfy the longing for human contact, and been able to work with numerous clientele.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to watch my clients grow and become an active part of their own healing process. As I honed my skills and began to see the fruits of my labor, I realized how deeply connected I became with my clients energy fields, being able to see their areas of muscle tension as well as perceive mental and spiritual blockages causing the physical manifestation of pain. This discovery led me on a journey towards holistic psychology, I received certification as a holistic psychologist from the American Institute of Holistic Health and Wellness in December of 2013. My new grasp of the innate power of the mind helped me incorporate simple meditative techniques with my massage practice in order to provide my clients with a tangible practice for self healing. I believe firmly in the notion of self healing.
My massage practice has led me to clients that have experienced sexual violence in their past. Pain is very interesting – it dwells so deeply in the psyche and it manifests itself in the area which undergoes the most trauma. Massage research relies heavily on the notion that most people who have endured sexual abuse do not like to be touched at all and those that do let any interaction occur are never comfortable with massage below the waist. As a therapist, I strive to balance the body and when I am given explicit instructions not touch a certain area red flags go off. I am extremely sensitive to my client’s feelings. Anyone who understands the premise of healing can attest healing is an active process. It is the healer’s responsibility to help guide people to the path of healing. The person searching for healing must in fact, work in conjunction with The Universe to comprehend and accept the pain which is being experienced.
In the case of victims of sexual violence several things must be achieved in order to be healed including the release of guilt, shame, and self blame. These feelings are dangerous and can cause undue grief if harbored for an extended period of time. I accept The Universe is an ever present guide teaching us how to be resilient and giving us the tools we need to rise above adversity to live happy, healthy, whole, functional, and altruistic lives. My sole purpose is to help all people achieve this through massage and meditation.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I am interested in working with survivors because I believe that I have a calling to help others. I am deeply connected to emotions and spiritual energy. I want to see others thrive and rise above adversity. I have a deep compassion for those experiencing pain and my perception of pain and its manifestation are beyond the physical realm. I am a healer in every sense of the word and I want to share this gift with others. I accept this as my life’s purpose.
I provide massage therapy and I also work with people to release negative emotional baggage through different behavioral techniques which incorporate meditation, positive self talk, and creative visualization.
My Understanding of Trauma-Informed Care
It is important for practitioners to realize the effect that trauma has on a survivor physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and socially. The impact of trauma runs deep, as a practitioner it is of the utmost to realize which traumatic experiences impact which aspect of the psyche. In my experience, trauma impacts people on each level in a different way. Some may not feel the physicality of the trauma they have survived as much as the emotional aspect. Trauma informed care requires the practitioner to be well versed in the various forms of trauma and its pattern of responses so as to develop a plan of care for the survivor which will benefit them the most.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Sexual Violence
The behavioral techniques incorporated by holistic psychology center around the release of negative emotional baggage. Unfortunately most people who have undergone trauma experience negative impacts physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. The techniques I teach people help them cope with these areas by using breathing, meditation, positive reinforcements, and creative visualizations to heal the mind from the trauma. When a healing of the mind is attained then the memory of the trauma is perceived as a learning experience which can strengthen resilience and build character.
Each person is an individual with different coping mechanisms and responses to trauma. I think a detailed history of the experience is necessary to understand the survivor’s point of view. Once this is established, a plan can be catered to the client’s needs to ensure safety and accessibility to treatment modalities. It is also important to note that each individual responds differently to each modality. Some may be able to thrive with only 1 or 2 modalities while others may require a more comprehensive approach. Remaining sensitive to the needs of the survivors is key.
Additional Areas of Expertise/Interest
Being of Pakistani descent and fluent in Punjabi and Urdu will make me a valuable asset. My sensitivity to cultural barriers and nuances help make me an independent and strong practitioner.
I am able to offer a sliding-scale.