ABOUT Lin Mattheis
The path to motherhood is much easier when you have someone to partner with you.
As a mental health counselor who specializes in Pre- and Perinatal Education, I love building partnerships with mothers-to-be and new moms and, through teamwork, creating opportunities for change. My passion lies in “shining a light” on the possibilities to help people on their journey to improving their lives.
I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist, registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, and certified teacher of Hatha Yoga with a strong focus on the Iyengar Method. I have a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico.
My journey . . .
I started practicing yoga in 1995 and found that it taught me the concepts of movement, strength, and flexibility of body and mind, which are paramount to me. So in 2008, I completed a 300-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Tree in Hotchkiss, CO, and earned a teaching certificate from Yoga Alliance. My mindful way of teaching awakens my students’ interest to these same concepts, not just through asana, meditation, and pranayama, but through the value of all yoga teachings.
Yoga has helped me find the courage to conquer many phases of my life—the rough and tough, grief, loss, and trauma. It has also helped me fully welcome and celebrate life’s joyful moments. Yoga teaches me the way to my core, my point of balance, my peaceful place, and to awareness and compassion toward others as well as myself.
While teaching yoga, I had the idea that I could better serve my students by introducing massage therapy into the mix. I moved to Santa Fe and attended the Santa Fe School of Massage. After a 700-hour, six-month intensive and rigorous training, I graduated and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in the spring of 2013.
Massage therapy school opened my eyes to so much more than just learning, acquiring techniques, and executing them well. It helped me see the paths to self-awareness and healing in a beautiful and complete way.
In my quest for increased self-awareness and healing, especially in the fields of shock and trauma resolution, I found Craniosacral Biodynamics. This led me to complete a 714-hour, three-and-a-half-year intensive training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
Craniosacral Biodynamics, or Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, as it is also known, deepened and broadened my skills in the fields of shock and trauma resolution and Pre- and Perinatal Education. I decided to further this understanding by pursuing my Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University.
In January of 2018, I became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. As a life coach and a mental health counselor, I am able to add yet another dimension to the care I offer my clients. My goal is to help my clients on their journey to wellness, so they can find a peaceful place within their amazing being, just like I did.
Although I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I made Durango my home. I raised my three children here (including a set of twins) and was an active volunteer in Durango Public Schools, which they attended for many years. I was known to serve as a class mom, school nurse/teacher’s assistant, fundraiser organizer, and events coordinator for several academic and athletic programs.
In September of 2018, I returned to Durango. As a lover of the outdoors and all kinds of sports, Colorado is the right place for me. Some of my favorite pastimes include swimming, hiking, skiing, biking, sailing, sea kayaking, camping, dancing, and traveling.
I also love arts and crafts and can often be found reading, sewing, and decorating. Photography and beading are two of my favorite forms of artistic expression. I am honored that several of my fine art photographs have won awards, and others are part of permanent exhibits. Although I’ve taken beading classes with renowned instructors, I am mostly self-taught.
Giving back to my community is very important to me, and I served as a volunteer during several summers and winters with the Adaptive Sports Program in Santa Fe. Currently, I volunteer with the Adaptive Sports Association in Durango. While in Santa Fe, I also volunteered with Many Mothers, an organization that offered free infant care and support to mothers with newborns. Most of my clients were parents of twins. Since I have personal experience raising twins, this demographic is close to my heart.
Through my volunteer work with Many Mothers, I saw firsthand that mothers-to-be and new mothers need individualized support in their journey to motherhood. They need to know how to take care not only of their babies but also of themselves. I also realized that there is a severe lack of this kind of support.
So in 2019, I founded Mother’s Mama. Through Mother’s Mama, I partner with mothers-to-be and new moms and provide the services that support women during this tender time of their lives. These services include Pregnancy Massage, Pre- and Post-natal Yoga, Life Coaching, Craniosacral Therapy, and Family Photography.
The childbearing year is a very special time in a woman’s life, and I am honored to work with women of all ages as they navigate its joys, sorrows, challenges, and celebrations. Whether you are a mother-to-be or new mom, I can help. Please contact me today.