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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)

Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz) (she/her) has been an embodiment-based bodyworker in the movement and healing arts for 20 years. She grounds her work in the Global Somatics Process (GSP), created by Teacher Suzanne River. GSP is a bodywork approach that uses movement and hands-on techniques to help the body heal, relieve stress, integrate, gain insight, and deepen relationship. GSP is about becoming more embodied, more fully ourselves. 


(Tobar Alatriz) specializes in:

  • working with connective soft tissue:: through modalities that work with muscles, fascia, and related systems;

  • facilitating energy work, ritual and ceremony:: by working with the Sacred through culturally-grounded and individualized processes;

  • embodiment of the Natural body:: through developmental movement, somatic embodiment in all body systems, ie respiratory, circulatory, digestive, etc.;

  • functional, strengthening, and rehabilitative movement training (pilates and physical conditioning practices);

  • working with couples-- any two individuals who work together with love and respect.


(Tobar Alatriz) is a queer immigrant storyteller, Healing Justice Entrepreneur, and Arts & Culture Organizer. She descends from people of Chile and Mexico and lives on occupied Dakota land, St. Paul, Minnesota with pups Oso and Tigre  amidst a large community of found-family.

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신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin
she/her & they/them

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


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


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

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.

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