Magnus Eklund (BCSI, LMT MS 144, AL 4348, LA 6971) is a board certified Structural Integrator, Massage Therapy teacher and yoga teacher, originally from Sweden, now residing in Gulfport, MS on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf coast. Mind & Body Inc. is his home office at 2628 Executive Place in Biloxi, MS just north of Edgewater mall off Eisenhower Dr. The staff includes 5 licensed massage therapists. He is also available for Structural Integration work on a limited basis in New Orleans and Dothan, AL when he is not traveling around the country teaching Synergetic® Myofascial CE seminars.
Magnus received his training in the healing arts during the last 20 years, both in the US and in Sweden. Magnus holds a degree (1985) from Lillsved Gymnastic Institute of Higher Learning of Varmdo, Sweden in Recreational and Sports Leadership. His education included exercise physiology, sports administration, anatomy and physiology, sports methodology, psychology, therapeutic movement, kinesiology and more.
He is certified in KMI Structural Integration by Tom Myers (500 Hours) and board certified (CBSI) in Structural Integration by International Association of Structural Integrators. He has completed the advanced training with the Rolf Guild of Structural Integration. His teachers were Neal Powers and Emmett Hutchins (the most senior teacher of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration today).
Growing up participating in athletics in Sweden, Magnus experienced firsthand classical Swedish massage in sports as a tool to improve performance and to recover from competition. In the early 1990’s, Magnus came to the United States to play college tennis. After going back to and completing his degree in Sweden, he came back to play and teach tennis professionally in Florida and Mississippi. Magnus served as Director of Tennis at Saltsjobaden Lawn Tennis Club in Stockholm and at Diamondhead Country Club in Mississippi. After suffering a lower back injury in tennis competition, Magnus received traditional medical care without much improvement. It was only after receiving Rolfing TM/Structural Integration, massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and getting into yoga that he overcame his injuries. It was a defining moment in his life, inspiring him to learn the art and science of structural integration, massage therapy and yoga. He recently began studying Pilates, recognizing the great structural benefit this exercise provides the human body. He has an interest in Qigong and meditation and continues that study on a daily basis.
Magnus has for the past 20 years studied with some of the world’s best teachers in massage, myofascial therapy, energy work, and yoga which includes: AIS-Active Isolated Stretching-Aaron Mattes, Craniosacral Therapy -Upledger, Sports massage-Benni Vaughn and James Waslaski, KMI Structural Integration-Tom Myers Rolfer (TM) – Larry Phipps BCSI and Peter Ehlers BCSI, Deep Tissue-John Schewe Rolfer™, Neural fascial – Jon Martine Rolfer™, Muscle Energy Technique-John De Mahy Rolfer™, Thai Yoga Bodywork – Jonas Westring & Michael Buck; Hatha Yoga – Doug Keller, Erich Schiffman, Janie Strickland, Scotta Brady & JJ Gormley.
Magnus is highly influenced by the work of Dr. Johan Paldanius, a Swedish Doctor of Naprapathy, that is well known among athletes in Sweden, having worked with many Olympic athletes. With Dr Paldanius, Magnus has learned functional anatomy, kinesiology, specific myofascial lengthening techniques, and trigger point therapy. Magnus worked with medical doctors and chiropractors for several years during his early practice with medical pain management and in chiropractic centers. He has had his own thriving massage & myofascial practice for 20 years.
He has also been involved in many professional events providing sports massage. Among these are the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as an official member of the athletes medical team, and the USA Track and Field Championships in New Orleans in 1998. He has also provided Sports Massage for a professional hockey team and has worked with ATP tour tennis players. Magnus has also worked as the sports massage therapist and coordinator with NAIA Soccer top 10 team William Carey College.
He passed the AMTA National Sports Massage exam and became a member of the AMTA national sports massage team. (Exam was discontinued in the early 2000’s). Massage therapists who passed the extensive written and practical exam are considered Sports Massage Specialists. In 2010, Magnus was an official member of the medical team for the USA International Ballet competition in Jackson, MS.
Magnus is the owner of Mind & Body Inc, one of the first yoga studios in Mississippi (1998). He became a certified yoga teacher in 1996 at the Yoga Institute of Houston. He taught sports massage & kinesiology for several years at Blue Cliff College in Gulfport, MS. He has been a continuing education provider for massage therapists since 1999. He is now teaching Massage CEU workshops as an approved CE provider in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Illinois as an NCBTMB-approved CEU provider. Magnus welcomes the opportunity to provide CE massage therapy workshops throughout the United States and internationally.
Magnus is committed to providing the absolute highest quality healing work through his continued studies and involvement in the alternative health arena. If you would like more information regarding Magnus’ synergetic® myofascial CE workshops, please visit the CE workshop page or you can send him a message at email@example.com