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essential energy: bodywork beyond the traditional relaxation massage experience

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With a holistic and heart-filled approach to life, Bruce intentionally ingrates health and fitness to balance his life and add to its adventures. He trains for and participates in triathlons and marathons, as well as bicycling and skiing events. He volunteers time to his community. In the past he has coached for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and fundraises for events as often as possible.

Bruce's focus is on helping people function better and to overcome chronic pain through education and hands-on techniques.

Bruce Nelson

Certified Advanced Rolfer®

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Bruce Nelson has lived in Eagle River since 1979. The importance of family and community has always been close to his heart. After a 24-year career in plumbing and heating, his devotion to helping others has led him to a career in the healing arts.

Bruce completed his studies at GateKey School of Mind/Body Integration and is nationally certified as a massage therapist. Pursuing his passion to facilitate integration and balance within the body, mind, and spirit, Bruce continued his study of the Usui System of Reiki and furthers his training in Rolfing® Structural Integration at the Dr Ida Rolf Institute®, Advanced Myofascial Techniques with and correctional massage through the Institute of Integral Health.

His innovative approach to bodywork will provide a relaxing, invigorating session as well as the expert technical support to help you achieve a healthier and happier life.

Bruce's Credentials

Bruce became a Certified Advanced Rolfer® (2017) after completing his Initial studies at the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration (2013) in Boulder, Colorado.



He also holds the credential of Practitioner - Lauren Berry Method® of Correctional Massage (2010) where he studied at the Institute of Integral Health in Berkeley, California.

The Berry Method

Bruce has expanded further to include continued studies with, a world-class continuing education program for manual therapy professionals focusing on Advanced Myofacial Techniques. His is able to apply his Certified Advanced Myofacial Techniques (CAMT II) as a faculty member of's staff at various workshops both in the US and abroad.

Advanced Myofacial Techniques

Bruce's Credentials

Bruce's Reiki Master (2005) practice continues in the healing art of Usui Shiki Ryoho. He has served as the president of the Northwest Reiki Gatherings Board of Directors and is a member of the International Reiki Alliance. He offers individual sessions and classes in this healing art.


What is Rolfing and what are the benefits?
Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person's structure and function. Rolfing Sl can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. Rolfing Sl aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf's insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity. Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing SI. People seek Rolfing SI as a way to ease pain and chronic stress and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It's estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work.

Research has demonstrated that Rolfing SI creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Research also shows that Rolfing SI significantly reduces chronic stress and promotes positive structural and functional changes in the body. For example, a study showed that Rolfing SI significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing SI enhances neurological functioning.
The hallmark of Rolfing Structural Integration is a formulated “recipe” known as the Ten-Series, the goal of which is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing sessions.

Each session focuses on increasing options for movement by freeing restrictions or holding patterns present in the body, by heightening the clients awareness of these patterns, and by presenting options supporting new movement patterns. A practitioner also maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
Please visit for additional history, information and what to expect from this kind of bodywork.


The MELT Method®
The MELT Method® is a self-treatment system that can help ease chronic pain and signs of aging.

Benefits of The MELT Method®:
Calm the mind and ease pain symptoms
Improve heart rate variabilitv
Target the supportive qualities of fascia
Restore joint stability and motor control

Hands-Off Bodywork

The Berry Method®
The Berry Method® is a form of Correctional Massage therapy utilizing muscle, ligament or organ positioning.

Benefits of Hands-Off Bodywork & Manual Therapies::
  • Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs.
  • Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system.
  • Relax and soften injured and overused muscles and reduce recovery time.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Help prepare the body for strenuous workouts.
  • Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema.
  • Used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
  • Improves range-of-motion.
  • Relieves pain and decreases the need for medication.

Manual Therapy

The Usui System of Natural Healing is a Japanese modality used to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing.

Benefits of Reiki:
  • Reduce pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
  • Improve symptoms of depression.
  • Promotes harmony and balance in the body.
  • Removes energy blocks promoting balance in the mind, body, and soul.
  • Supports the immune system.
  • Improve sleep quality. 
  • Accelerates the bodies natural healing abilities.



Since beginning his practice in 2004, Bruce has expanded his massage and bodywork knowledge and offerings beyond the traditional relaxation massage experience to offer intentional, integrated bodywork to meet the diverse and changing needs of his clients.

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Beyond The Basics

Bruce continues to expand his knowledge base and satisfy his curiosity by continuing his studies with additional education, certifications, and advanced trainings. These include becoming a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques (CAMT II), Melt Method® Instructor, Practitioner of the Lauren Berry Method® of Correctional Massage, Practitioner Zero Balancing, and a Reiki Master.


Bruce became a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (2017) after completing his Initial studies at the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration (2013) in Boulder, Colorado.

Bruce started his journey at GateKey School of Mind/Body Integration, where he successfully completed his basic studies. He is nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).


The Essential Energy


“Bruce at Essential Energy was a key part in my competitive bodybuilding journey. His ability to pinpoint my pain and muscle impingements and work through them is phenomenal. Bruce explains along the way the different muscle and ligament insertion points, he’s very well versed in the anatomy of the body and understanding each individual part. If you have any pain at all, I
urge you to give Bruce a call and try out his unique Rolfing® techniques.”

"This “hands off” brilliant technique (or Melt Method®) of bodywork meets the needs of today’s hectic lifestyle. It embodies self-assessment, self-treatment, and self-responsibility. Through an organic rebalancing and gentle shifting in the deep tissue, MELT unravels life’s adaptations and brings immediate relief to the body. The transformative possibilities are expansive! As a practitioner myself, this is a dream come true!"

"I’ve worked with Bruce for several years and have been referring my clients to him for over a decade. I’ve seen dozens of clients with chronic nagging pain walk out of his office pain-free and able to continue their training. As a coach and trainer, Bruce’s knowledge and skill is invaluable. In 2019 I was returning to competition after 10 years away and I knew my first stop had to be Bruce’s office. Getting back on stage as a bodybuilder at 50 years old was no small task and Bruce was nothing short of a miracle worker, bringing back mobility and function that had eluded me for years. The value of Bruce’s services can’t be overstated and I continue to recommend him to any of my clients who struggle with pain or mobility issues or just want to perform better."

"As a teacher (or instructor), Bruce’s presence and attention to each individual’s unique process ignites a curiosity towards finding a better balance within their own body’s. Bruce is a compassionate, very skilled practitioner who is wholeheartedly invested in human potential."