Ihotu Jennifer Ali, LMT, MPH, CLC
Ihotu (she/her/hers) is a nationally certified massage therapist, holistic health coach, and DONA trained postpartum doula with a background in public health research and education. She offers myofascial release massage and Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy for all, with a special focus on women, femmes, pregnant and laboring people, fertility, breech fetal positioning, recovery after miscarriage, abortion, challenging birth or c-section, menstrual or uterine conditions and digestive concerns.
Based out of two Minneapolis locations – Clear Holistic Therapies and the People’s Movement Center – Ihotu’s practice includes bodywork in the clinic as well as in homes, hospitals and birth centers throughout the Twin Cities Metro. Ihotu has attended over 40 births as a doula and lactation counselor, and brings a decade of experience and learning from midwives, obstetricians, psychiatrists, herbalists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, nutritionists, and health policy makers. She believes in thoughtfully blending and adapting traditional and modern medicine, and using a “step ladder” approach of natural, non-invasive techniques first and stronger methods later, as needed.
She credits her teachers, including evidence-based public health research at Columbia University, Polarity Energy Work and Shiatsu at the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Mesoamerican Medicine under Panquetzani Ticitl, Maya Abdominal Therapy under the Arvigo Institute, Myofascial and Craniosacral Therapy from Dr. Carol Phillips, Spinning Babies fetal positioning from Gail Tully and Adrienne Caldwell, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Cathy Calderon, Maria Gaviña, and Mama Okpoga, plus study of African and Midwestern plants, herbs and healing rituals in her own lineage.
Ihotu is also a sexual assault survivor and a former rape crisis counselor, raised by a single mother with mental illness, and brings consent and a personal understanding of trauma and sensitivity to her work. She warmly welcomes people of color, indigenous, non-English speaking, undocumented, under- and uninsured, queer and trans folks, non-traditional families, and individuals seeking a mind-body approach to complement talk therapy or medication for anxiety and depression.
“Ihotu is a kind and gentle healing presence, and my body trusted that she would work with tensions without going past its limits at that moment. The abdominal method she practices — which can work with emotional, physical, and biological unbalances — is so necessary because the abdominal region is such a charged and ignored area in our society.”
-Tania, Massage Therapist, New York City