Carmelita Davis-Beets

Personally taught by the Legend Joseph Heller. Founder of Body Somatic Therapy, Founder of The Midwest Institute of Natural Healing, and Author



For 27 years, Carmelita “Carm” Davis-Beets was a Professional Ballroom Dancer and National Ballroom Dance Champion before turning her career to the healing arts. During her years of dance, she developed a real passion for understanding the body.

She attended Cleveland Chiropractic College, became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, became a Master Reiki Practitioner, and earned the statuses of Fellow in the Acupuncture Society Of America and Clinical Technician at the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture.

A major turning point in Carmelita's life came when she became a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner. The concept of balancing structure, movement, and body-mind-spirit had a profound effect on her. She studied Hellerwork directly with Joseph Heller himself, which emphasizes structural integration, and became certified in the method in 1985.

Building upon a combination of 2,500 hours of alternative therapy education across the United States and her own research, she developed what became known as Body Somatic Therapy. “Body somatic therapy,” remarked Davis-Beets, “is structural integration with the intent of balancing the body, but also of establishing balance in the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects.

It is a remarkable means of working on the deepest tissues of the body to release any pain or restrictions and to restore normal function." The Midwest Institute of Natural Healing started in 1992 as the Midwest Institute of Bodywork and Somatic Therapy with a focus on teaching Davis-Beets' method.

In 2004, the method earned further accreditation by the Integrative Massage and Somatic Therapies Accreditation Council (IMSTAC).