With over 20 years of practice, my scope is broad and flexible. I will meet you where you are at and create a session to fully address your needs and goals. I use a unique combination of bodywork and movement therapy to help you learn embodied relaxation and functional movement patterns.
Personal Training and Conscious Living Skills
I provide instruction on how to create movement literacy and well-being in your life. In each session I strive to help my clients improve their awareness of how to move and manage their own physical well-being. My greatest hope is that my clients will come to need me less as they learn how to take care of themselves more. I encourage insights through teaching functional movement repatterning, self massage, self-care skills, and mindfulness techniques.
Fascia is a newer term in anatomy and physiology. The new findings about this body system are shaping the way we see the body and movement. From the work of explorers like Tom Myers and Gil Hedley, I have been inspired to study and practice understanding and manipulating this system for profound change. The body can actually be reshaped by coupling manual manipulation of the fascia with intentional change in movement patterns.
Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine
I have studied traditional Thai medicine extensively for 10 years. Thai medicine is similar to Chinese medicine in that it is based on an elemental theory. This means that the entire medical model is formed around seeing, knowing, and working with the elements found in both nature and our bodies; earth, water, fire, wind, and space. To know nature is to know the human body because they are one in the same. Through this tradition, I learned the arts of working the energy lines of the body, deep tissue massage, stretching, cupping, scraping, and meditation.
Your core is truly your center. In our culture, we are taught to flatten and harden this area, when in fact it needs to be supple, mobile, and flowing. In my 20 years of work, I have found that most of my clients have benefitted from abdominal massage at some point in their journey with me. This work can focus on specific organs, fascial tissue, muscle tissue, and/or energetics. The touch and approach used is very gentle and intentional.
Therauputic Breast Massage
When there is a clear understanding of how tissue works and stays healthy, it is easy to see that breast tissue needs help when it is regularly casted and compressed by a bra for lengthy periods of time. If you can visualize what a limb looks like after being in a cast for weeks to help heal a broken bone, you can then begin to understand what wearing a bra does to tissue. Both blood and lymph flow is regularly cut off or slowed, and the tissue around the the chest and back are not allowed to develop a relationship with gravity. Breast massage therapy can help. Breast massage increases circulation, helps breasts maintain their shape, and helps to reduce the incidence of fibroids and cysts. Breast massage therapy also provides relief from pain and stress associated with pre-menstrual syndrome. It can help eliminate pain in the chest and strengthen the chest muscles, building resiliency in your ligaments. It is also recommended to aid post-surgical recovery.
Holistic Pelvic Care™
As a young adult, I was taught that the pelvic area was important for sex and child bearing, but not much more. Then, it was like a part of myself was awakened when I read “Wild Feminine” by Tami Kent. She spoke the words that lay dormant in my heart. I have always intuited that the pelvic bowl is where my creativity and power rests. The work I do, springing from studying with Tami Kent, has given voice to that knowing. Holistic Pelvic Care™ personally changed my life. Energetically and physically working the pelvic floor can be profound on so many levels. This is a great modality for women working with fertility, menstruation, and creativity.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage massage uses very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph fluid and remove toxins in your body. The lymph system is part of your body's immune system and helps fight infection and strengthen immunity. This system does not have its own pump system and relies on the contraction of the surrounding skeletal and smooth muscles to create flow.