One step into Settle Therapy Center and the therapy starts. Peggy Settle, who founded the Center 22 years ago, says being greeted by things like sounds of nature, spiritual imagery, and essential oils is all very intentional. “Engaging and calming the senses helps open patients up to the holistic therapy journey.”
“Some patients enjoy arriving a little early. They come in, sit down, and get collected. I welcome that. This is a place where people can feel safe, gather themselves, and get re-energized,” said Peggy.
Peggy Settle has a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She originally received her certified massage therapist status in Colorado and later became a licensed massage therapist in Colorado and South Dakota. Peggy blends her massage therapy with training in craniosacral therapy (CST), myofascial and soft tissue release, and emotional freedom technique (also known as tapping).
Patients of Settle Therapy Center understand it to be more than simply somewhere to go when you need therapeutic treatment for a physical issue. It’s a place for people who are open to physical, emotional, and spiritual therapy practices.
“Professionalism and confidentiality is key. Both exists here. There is also the belief in God. It’s not a matter that we preach about God. But people feel comfortable talking about God. My patients allow themselves to let go of some things that cause them difficulties. It’s a strong part of the therapy,” says Peggy.
“Massage is a rewarding part of my practice. And I also treat body, mind, and spirit. As I listen and talk to them, there’s usually an emotional component. With the training I have, I can assist them, We don’t just treat your shoulder that is hurting. Because the shoulder is usually not the issue. The shoulder is the symptom and the problem is somewhere else in the body.”
Her daughter, Patty Helgeland, represents the next chapter of Settle Therapy Center. Having practiced occupational therapy for 25 years, Patty is excited to join efforts with her mom.
Patty laughs as she proclaims, “Peggy has been trying to recruit me for several years!”
Patty has her masters in occupational therapy and has recently become a certified massage therapist. In addition, Patty has training in swedish massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release and reflexology.
“I’ve worked mostly with elderly people. That’s a real love of mine. They have so much to offer with their wisdom and experiences. I can learn from them and they can learn from me,” says Patty. “Occupational Therapy moves beyond working with a patient’s physical ailments. I work with the patient on all levels. Pain and the journey of healing pain involves a blend of physical, emotional, and spiritual therapy. I believe that’s where I can help. I am able to listen and work with my patients to become stronger as a whole.”
Patty’s definition of an ideal patient is someone who wants to get better, believes they can get better, has a positive outlook on the process, and will follow through on suggested exercises, stretching or activities that can help promote the healing process.
Peggy describes her ideal patient by saying, “If it’s important to them to hold on to their pain, they aren’t going to cooperate with whatever therapy you can provide. So the ideal patient is someone who wants to get rid of the pain and feels you have the skills to help them.”
Peggy goes on to say, “Patty and I both feel tissue. Being able to feel the tissue allows us to go in and work with the tissue, helping heal it versus simply moving the tissue around.”
B.S., CMT, LMT, Rapid Eye Technician, Thought Field Therapy
M.S., Occupational Therapy, CMT