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Get Well! Be Well! Stay Well!

Colleen Johnson has been helping people reach their wellness goals for the past six years using Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA).

MSA utilizes a computer-based instrument that provides information about the health of the body through electrical measurements of the skin at various points on the hands and feet. A pen-like stylus is touched to points on the hands and feet and uses a small frequency that is too weak for you to feel. The skin is not punctured, so the procedure is painless. Shoes and stockings are the only clothing that must be removed.

There are three steps in Meridian Stress Assessment:

  1. All body systems such as Liver, Kidneys, Lungs, etc. are checked for stress. A graphic printout will show you which areas are doing well and which may need nutritional support.

  2. The whole body is scanned for substances that may be toxic, such as chemicals, heavy metals, viruses, etc.

  3. A natural remedy such as an herb, vitamin, or homeopathic that is specifically matched and customized to your health needs is selected.

MSA takes the guesswork out of what your body needs and can tell you about the current state of your body’s health. Clients who follow recommendations closely usually feel the positive affects of the care within a few weeks. Symptoms from Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hormone imbalances, and Digestion issues are just a few of the health concerns that have been greatly improved through MSA.

Colleen earned a BA in 1989 and worked in long-term health care for approximately 10 years. In 2004, she completed an MS in Holistic Nutrition and began training with the MSA device under the tutelage of a doctor of chiropractic in the Twin Cities area. Colleen sees clients in Cumberland, WI.

Madeline Island Yoga Retreats

Madeline Island is the gem of Wisconsin. It is a best-kept secret that even many Midwesterners are unfamiliar with.  Some residents would argue that such is rightfully so, the charm of the island certainly has much to do with the uninterrupted landscape and its serene beauty. But over the years, as my husband and I have invited friends and family to our summer island home, we have noticed something spectacular happening to even our most type-A friends – a release and renewal that hits the moment they board the ferry, en route to Madeline.

Over the last several years as my kids have grown, I have dreamt of an opportunity to “share the Madeline love” on a different level. Teaching yoga one day on the beach front I realized that the peace and beauty of the island was the perfect backdrop for a yoga retreat.  It was my true a-ha moment and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that as a yoga teacher it didn’t occur to me earlier.

In creating the concept, I incorporated two retreat concepts that offered some of the island’s best amenities. Women can experience an adventure retreat, developing their yoga practice in the morning and enjoying world class kayaking opportunities with an established guide in the afternoon.  Or, connect to their creative side spending afternoons with established artist and photographer, Steve McHugh. Either way, retreaters will enjoy fabulous gourmet meals, beautiful scenery, the best lodging the island has to offer, and most importantly, a chance to renew their mind, body, and spirit.

You can learn more about the 2011 retreats by visiting or contact Amy at (715) 271-7465.?

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