Who We Are

United Bodyworkers & Artists is founded and run by Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz) in collaboration with 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin and Sara Wernick Schonwald

Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz)

I have been a bodyworker, facilitator and teacher in the movement for social justice and healing arts for close to 20 years. My practice is grounded in the Global Somatics Process (GSP), a body-based approach that uses somatic, energy, movement and hands-on techniques to help the body heal, integrate, relieve stress, gain insight and more. GSP is about becoming more embodied, more fully ourselves. 


This might include different modalities and feel like a mix of direct touch (like massage and deep tissue work) and/or lighter touch, like craniosacral therapy or reiki. It could also include movement therapy-like work.


I am a queer, light-skinned immigrant artist, settler, survivor and Healing Justice Practitioner. I am a human who works with health and trauma and grounds in consent. I am a storyteller and artist organizer. I descend from people of Chile and Mexico and live on occupied Dakota land, St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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I currently see clients both in our main St. Paul studio (in the Triangle Building) and in Annandale, on the farm (The Fields at Rootsprings). 

*Alejandra is currently not accepting new clients at the St. Paul location unless they identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color. All community members are welcome to book a session on the farm, either as part of retreat time on the land or as a visit to the center. 

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신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin
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Warm greetings! My name is 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin and I am a poet, educator, and cultural worker in Minneapolis. I was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in the Chicago area and have lived in the Twin Cities since 1992. I have an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in Teaching, and a BA in English. I live in South Minneapolis with my family and miniature dachshund. 


I offer reiki and craniosacral therapy, separately or together. I believe that healing ourselves and each other is a pleasurable duty to the earth and to social justice. Respecting our bodies and spirits and helping our systems live in vibrant health is a beautiful thing. Because of epigenetics as well as other forms of ancestral connectivity, healing ourselves heals our ancestors and our futures. 


I’ve been doing Reiki for twenty years and have recently wanted to make it a more central part of my life and work. I have all three levels of Usui Reiki certification (I, II, and Master). Learn more about Reiki and my practice.

As a bodyworker, I did my training with Body Intelligence to become a biodynamic craniosacral therapist. Thanks to the vision, community, and fundraising efforts of Healing Justice Cohort, coordinated out of the People's Movement Center, I received a full scholarship for this part of my education. I am deeply grateful and hold this generosity in trust to share back with the community.

At the intersections of art, symbols, and a fascination with the mysteries of our cosmic and interconnected consciousnesses, I offer tarot and divination services; please check out my site at sunyungdivination.com


I am an author, poet, writer, educator, consultant, and speaker. You can find out more about this work at sunyungshin.com.


No one is illegal. All language is political. Art heals and poetry is free speech and a human right. I am a co-founder and co-director of Poetry Asylum, a collective dedicated to poetry, refuge, and freedom since 2018; please visit us at thisispoetryasylum.com.

Sara Wernick Schonwald


I am a listener, biodynamic craniosacral therapist, equity & justice consultant and embodied transformation coach. Core to my practice is the understanding that we’re all connected to each other, and that it’s our opportunity and responsibility to work together for justice and liberation. 

I work with individuals and groups who want to better listen to their bodies' inherent wisdom; who want to get curious about their own survival patterns and connect those patterns with the cultural and political; who want to better align their actions with their values; who want to dismantle systems of oppression within their bodies, teams and institutions. 

I'm a certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist in the lineage of Body Intelligence and in community with Minneapolis and St. Paul- based practitioners who ground their practice at the intersection of healing and justice. I also work as a consultant to support organizations to reach their equity and justice goals. More at Listen to Lead.


When I'm not doing bodywork, coaching or consulting, I enjoy playing outside; being silly with my family; reconnecting with Jewish spiritual practices such as Mussar, Kabbalah and Earth-based Jewish ritual; continuing my own racial healing work; and sinking deeper into a practice of radical joy.

I am an Ashkenazi Jewish woman who’s a mom, spouse, Gen X/Millennial “cusper”, Aquarius, ENFP and Enneagram 2. I'm a third-generation US-American-- my great grandparents fled Eastern Europe in search of religious freedom-- and I currently live on Dakota land otherwise known as Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I offer craniosacral therapy and coaching out of UBA.