Alex J. Puma LMT, CST, LLCC, BCTMB (Laura Inman Mitchell)
CranioSacral Therapist

In case you missed the August 2017 news, Alex has moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland to pursue graduate studies in the Anthropology of Conflict at Queen's University, zee will also be working there as a CranioSacral Therapist.

Alex is missed. We know changes in life are a given. We, too, work to accept and embrace these as members of a healing community. Yet even after much discernment and preparation, there is bittersweet mixed in with such exciting news.

Both Alex and Amelia encourage you to learn more about Alchemy's current CranioSacral Therapists - Catherine Whelan and David Paad.

Migrane Free For Months
Richard H. says: I have been seeing Laura (Alex) for the past five to six months to help control Migraine Headaches. Her methods are amazing, her touch is healing, my sessions with Laura transform my tension and anxiety into calm, relaxed, clear minded state, and I have been without a headache for nearly four months. My body and especially my head knows when it is time for a tune up, and oh how great I feel after. More Client Reviews

Practice Focus

Alex's focus in her bodywork practice is the facilitation of the conscious connection and communication for an individual with the Inner Intelligence, our self-healing mechanism.

She believes strongly that health on all levels is best accessed via conscious and compassionate connection on each level, e.g. physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, vibrational/energetic.

CranioSacral therapy is a light touch therapy that engages the natural healing ability of the body to clear imbalances resulting from stressors. In doing so, this therapy also alleviates pain and discomfort in the body.

Alex works with individuals of all ages and from all walks of life.

Her specialties include pediatrics, chronic headache and migraine relief, TMJ syndrome, and relief and release of long held trauma or injury.

Common pediatric concerns she sees in her practice deal especially with newborns and infants who have nursing challenges, issues with regurgitation or reflux, colic, torticollis, and those born via C-section or assisted during birth with forceps or vacuum delivery.

About Alex

Alex (Laura) has known complementary and alternative forms of health care as a way of life since she was a very young child. Receiving chiropractic care and using herbs to recover from sickness led to then receiving massage and later acupuncture.

Her own interest in practicing these modalities began with animals. Alex focused her higher education on providing health care for animals first in the form of veterinary medicine, always with a mind toward providing complementary and alternative means of health care even for the animals she planned to work with in her practice.

With a strong and wide foundation in biology, anatomy, physiology, and other sciences of the body in place, she chose to listen to the ever more present call from massage and CranioSacral therapies. Following her inner guidance, she studied massage therapy for horses, building even more of an anatomy and physiology foundation and adding in kinesiology, the study of movement of the body, and of course, massage techniques.

From here she deepened her massage knowledge by attending human massage therapy school. While completing the 500 hour program for human massage, she was excited to learn the following three things in particular: the muscles structure and functions are the same between non-human animals and humans, with appropriate variations per species; the massage techniques are broadly the same between all the species, including humans; and she now had the opportunity to address a whole picture in working with horses and their riders.

While her horse and human practice grew in Colorado, and she did begin to work with horses and their riders, Alex's drive for knowledge continued to fuel her desire to learn more techniques. She chose CranioSacral therapy as the field in which to now focus her learning. Out of massage school and with an already established private practice, she took three CranioSacral classes in one year, two with regard to human therapy and one in applying the techniques to working with horses. With confidence and amazement, Laura blended these CranioSacral therapy techniques with her massage work, and the blend was beneficial to many of her clients.

She began to see quickly though that she was better able to help the clients that were coming to her with using CranioSacral therapy, including massage techniques only when necessary to alleviate an immediate ache or pain. And thus, CranioSacral became the main stay of her practice, even with the horses.

Then, children began showing up as clients.

Alex's education continued to Pediatric CranioSacral therapy which has become her primary specialty, especially with newborns and infants. The beauty of CranioSacral therapy for such young children is that they are so ready to shift, change and heal. They actively dive into the work and participate fully in their health and healing. It is awe inspiring to participate in a session with such a young child, who so clearly grasps the power of the work and who is fully engaged.

Laura Inman Mitchell (Alex)


"The beauty of CranioSacral Therapy is that it works gently to facilitate the free flow and ease of movement of all the body's fluids, membranes, muscles and fascia."
John Upledger, DO

Alex has successfully facilitated relief from migraines, chronic low back pain, physical and emotional trauma, sinus problems, chronic pain and long-term unresolved health concerns for adult clients. For pediatric clients, her practice specialty, she has facilitated relief from birth trauma and nursing problems, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. Parents report a significant improvement in behaviors and temperament after their children receive CranioSacral Therapy.

Clients report significant shifts and personal changes from their sessions with Laura, and CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to be effective for the following:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Colic
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Katie L. says: "Just had my second session with Alex (Laura) and felt so great afterward. Had a migraine all day and after the session it was virtually gone. Completely relaxing and stress relieving experience. I've suffered with my migraines since I was 16 (am now 28) and am hoping that with CST I will finally learn what it's like to wake up without a headache!" More Client Reviews

CranioSacral Therapy

Whether it is nursing issues, reflux, sleep issues, colic, behavior, attention or other issues of childhood, the gentle, non-invasive work of CranioSacral Therapy can facilitate amazing changes. It is a holistic, drug-free approach to health that recognizes and supports the shifts the child needs to make within their body for comfort and wellness.

Alex has a special interest and talent with babies and small children and has focused much of her continued CranioSarcal Therapy education in this area. Our small ones have not lost their connection to their deep internal healing mechanisms and CST is a very effective method for accessing this system. Lasting changes are often reached in a very short time with babies and small children.

"First session of craniosacral therapy for my son. I'm still wrapping my head around the technical terms of what CST is but to SEE what it did for my son in just that one session was wonderful. He was so relaxed. And what a happy (and hungry) little boy afterwards! We are very excited to continue our sessions with Laura!" ~A.W.

"I could not ask for more tender and loving care of my twins, The changes that I have had and seen within my daughters physically has been a healthy and grounding start to a better future. We will always be within their care, even if the drive becomes longer than our current two hour excursion each way." ~K.H.