Meet the Full Moon Rising Team
jenny dedecker (owner)
Jenny DeDecker is a Michigan Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker. In 2005, Jenny graduated from the University of Kansas with a double B.A. in Human Biology and Anthropology and a Minor Certificate in Religious Studies. In 2007, she completed a 700 hour Therapeutic Massage and Somatic Bodywork program at the Arcata School of Massage (ASM) in Arcata, California. It was there that her love and admiration for the body continued to flourish. Upon graduation, Jenny was offered an instructor and administration position at ASM, where she taught and assisted in courses including pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, massage technique, somatic bodywork and craniosacral therapy. Jenny supervised at the student clinic, as well as maintained a private practice in Arcata.
In 2009, Jenny moved to the Upper Peninsula and began her massage practice working at Spinal Solutions in Norway, and Radiant Natural Health Clinic in Niagara, WI, before opening Full Moon Rising in 2014. She continues her education in bodywork, having completed over 300 CE hours in various modalities, including Orthopedic Massage, Orthobionomy, Visionary Craniosacral Work, Zero Balancing and Reiki. She believes in the art and science of therapeutic massage, combining creativity and intuition with her physiological understanding of the human body.
Jenny has been practicing Meditation and Yoga for over 22 years and they continue to be a major part of her life. She began her mindfulness practice with meditation and found Yoga to be a great complement bringing together body, mind and spirit. Jenny has studied under teachers in Kansas, California, and Australia and in 2016, completed the Power of Awareness course through Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Jenny believes in the power of meditation and yoga for physical, spiritual and emotional transformation. Previous to Full Moon Rising, she taught Yoga Foundations at Bianco’s Fitness Center for four years, blending Hatha and Vinyasa styles of Yoga.
Jenny’s continued admiration of the human body dovetails with her passion for breastfeeding and natural birth. Her daughter was born in Northern California where breastfeeding was the norm and natural birth was encouraged. Upon moving to the U.P. and having her son, she realized there was a need in this community for support of women and families wishing to breastfeed. This need, along with her strong passion, lead Jenny to the field of Lactation. In 2013, she completed the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding Lactation Counsellor Certification program and shortly thereafter became a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International. Jenny currently offers private lactation counselling and labor support. She is also the chair and co-founder of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Lactation Coalition, UPMILC, striving to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in the U.P. In 2016, Jenny founded the Full Moon Doulas, a collective of birth doulas, coming together to support and empower childbearing women and their families.
Jenny is C0-director of Middleway Method, a not-for-profit organization that provides a framework for individuals, families, and organizations to bring meaning and purpose into our work and our lives.
Jenny is completing a Masters of Science in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University and will be entering the PhD Mind-Body Medicine program in August, 2019. Her graduate work is geared towards incorporating Mindfulness and Compassionate Care Training Programs into health care and education.
Jenny and husband Phil, homestead in Vulcan with their two children, Rowen and Jack Pine, and their dogs, Brody and Quinn.
Casey (Capra) Pirkola
Casey graduated from Iron Mountain High school and then received her BSN from Michigan State University in 2006. She discovered the field of oncology nursing with her first nursing job. It did not take long for her to realize she had a genuine passion for helping people and in particular felt a strong connection with her oncology patients. She continues to work as an oncology nurse here in our community. Casey was first introduced to yoga in 2008 as a form of physical activity and continued to practice for the physical benefits upon returning to the U.P. in 2013. She was warmly welcomed into our local yoga community where she was exposed to a different yogic thought process, one that incorporates the union (yoga) of philosophical, spiritual, psychological, and physical parts into a practice that encompasses the entire self. Casey began to see the mental and emotional benefits of this type of focus which in turn deepened her yoga practice. She strives to integrate this philosophy of yoga into daily life. Casey is currently working towards obtaining her Hatha Yoga Teacher Certificate from Aura Wellness Center with an emphasis on gentle movement and breath work. She feels blessed to continue her yoga journey along the path of teaching with Jenny at Full Moon Rising and our yoga community.
Christianna has lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan her entire life and has a passion to help the people in her community. She is a licensed Massage Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant. Christianna received her Associate in Applied Science and a Therapeutic Massage Diploma from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Her interest in the body and its ability to heal itself began at a young age. Around the age of fifteen, Christianna became interested in a career in the field of physical therapy and began to pursue this area of study. While working towards her PTA license, Christianna also became interested in therapeutic massage and wanted to incorporate the knowledge base and skills that massage provided into her practice. After graduating with her associate degree, Christianna pursued the education required to obtain her therapeutic massage license. Christianna fell in love with the field of massage and strongly believes in its ability to help people and promote their overall wellness. Through the knowledge base and experience that she has acquired, Christianna seeks to empower her clients and encourage them to pursue their own health and well being.