John Michael Furgeson
Co-Owner, Massage Therapist
John Michael Furgeson has been using his skills in Therapeutic Massage and Holistic Nutrition to help people live pain free for over two years. Having obtained a comprehensive education in the most popular varieties of massage, John specializes in using Body Somatic Therapy to find and correct imbalances in the body’s structure that cause pain and injury. His bright smile and laughter make John a quick favorite for those he works with.
John began his education with the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing where he received his foundational training in Body Somatic Therapy. It was during his 170 hours of coursework in Body Somatics at the Midwest Institute that he began to develop an appreciation for the human body’s structure and the balance that is required to maintain optimal health. This view of muscular rehabilitation and movement re-education is one of the reason John has such a high success rate with his clients. Unfortunately, the Midwest Institute was unable to survive the economic disaster that began in 2008 and had to close. John was forced to restart his training from the ground up at Heritage College in Kansas City, Missouri where he completed 1,220 hours of study and received an Associates Degree of Therapeutic Massage with top honors as one of the best students in his class.
His training with Heritage College has given John a balanced approach to his treatments with skills such as: medical massage, pregnancy and infant massage, geriatric massage, sports massage, chair massage, both swedish and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and traditional American nutrition.
Along with his skills as a Massage Therapist, John is also a certified Holistic Health Counselor. Completing his 144 hour training program with the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing, John took his understanding of the human body one step further. With his studies in Holistic Nutrition he learned how we receive vital nourishment from all aspects of our lives (not just what we eat), and that our bodies have a bio-individuality that will require a unique blend of foods to feel their best and combat disease.
John is co-founder of NorthStar Wellness, a wellness center that utilizes a holistic approach to help individuals reduce pain and live the life they want. His clientele includes a variety of individuals from stay-at-home parents and weekend warriors to professional athletes and celebrities.
In his spare time John loves expressing his creativity in any way possible through his artistic skills, experiencing the tranquility of the outdoors, and caring for his collection of plants. You can reach him at: John@NorthStarWellness.com
Co-Owner, Massage Therapist, Nutrition Coach,
For over seven years Raymond Smith has been helping people accomplish their health goals and live pain free with his training in Therapeutic Massage, Holistic Nutrition, and Holistic Energywork. While he enjoys writing articles and teaching classes, his passion is using Body Somatic Therapy to find and correct imbalances in the body’s structure that cause pain and injury.
Raymond began his education with the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing where he received his foundational training in Body Somatic Therapy, graduating in 2005. It was during his 890 hours of coursework in Body Somatics at the Midwest Institute that he developed an appreciation for the body’s structure and the balance required to maintain optimal health. The unique curriculum at the Midwest Institute gave Raymond advanced, high-level training in the pain mechanisms in the body with an emphasis on the importance of balance in a person’s Body, Mind, Emotion, and Spirit. This view of muscular rehabilitation, movement re-education, and holistic balance is one reason Raymond has such a high success rate with his clients not only with pain management but as well as personal growth.
As an entirely new perspective on the body began to develop in his mind, Raymond made the decision to continue his studies at the Midwest Institute and enrolled in their Zen Shiatsu Massage and Wholistic Energy Healing programs simultaneously.
It was during his Zen Shiatsu Massage program that Raymond received his in-depth education on the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These concepts taught him how life-force energy travels through our bodies, about the meridians and acupressure points through which it can be manipulated, and how imbalances in this energy can impede the body’s proper functions. After completing 124 course hours in Zen Shiatsu, Raymond made the difficult decision to exit the program to focus his attention on his Wholistic Energy Healing classes.
Raymond was then able to complete the 563 hours to graduate the Wholistic Energy Healing program in 2006. While being unconventional, Raymond was drawn to the program’s scientific approach to ancient healing traditions. Here he further cultivated his skills of therapeutic communication and working with the body’s energy systems such as the chakras and meridian systems. With a focus on helping others deepen connection with the inner workings of their own body, this training gave Raymond the ability to help his clients to identify their hidden emotions and how they relate to circumstances in their life.
In 2008, Raymond went on to complete an additional 291 hours of training in Holistic Nutrition Consulting at the Midwest Institute. The holistic approach to wellness emphasized by this program seemed to perfectly tie together the skills from Raymond’s previous education and gave him a framework to show clients they are nourished not just by the foods they eat but by their lifestyle. He began to work with his clients to identify what life changes were needed, to identify the foods that work best with their body’s chemistry, and to effect various diseases and chronic conditions with diet changes.
Raymond is co-founder of NorthStar Wellness, a wellness center that utilizes a holistic approach to help individuals reduce pain and live the life they want. His clientele includes a variety of individuals from stay-at-home parents and weekend warriors to Olympic athletes, Hollywood’s elite, and international fitness trainers.
In addition to his private practice, Raymond has worked alongside some of Kansas City’s leading natural health care providers such as Dr. Nancy Russell of Nurturing Optimal Wellness and Dr. David Cosner of Northland Chiropractic. He also enjoys hosting community classes and workshops, and served on the staff at the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing as Assistant Director to both the Wholistic Energy Healing and Holistic Nutrition Consulting programs as well as leading the Essence of Healing class.
In his spare time Raymond enjoys crafting, learning the art of gardening, practicing his nutrition skills by cooking at home, and has recently challenged himself to overcome a lifelong aversion to exercise to become more active. You can reach him at: Ray@NorthStarWellness.com