After getting my BA in Psychology, I worked as an indoor skydiving instructor teaching people how to fly in the wind. I enjoyed being a tunnel instructor because it taught me how to teach people how to move their bodies (it’s fun watching people absorb the information in different ways). During that time, I went back to school to learned about the biological and physiological mechanisms of how the body works through prerequisites for Physician’s Assistant.
After being in the hospital system for a while and earning my certificate as an EMT, I realized that I wanted to be of service in a different capacity. I switched to massage therapy because I believe how we move significantly impacts the health of every other system in the body. Massage is critical for one’s health and well-being, and as your massage therapist I will play my role in your healthcare to make sure your needs are addressed and cared for.
I graduated from the National Holistic Institute with the title of Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Health Educator. My hands-on skills and textbook knowledge have allowed me to work proficiently in areas of alternative health such as chiropractic, where the fruits of my labor truly shine. My work has often been described as “intuitive” and is a combination of Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, and Deep Tissue techniques, with occasional incorporation of Cupping and topical healing oils. While my career as a Massage Therapist was unplanned, I have found working as one and witnessing the benefits my clients experience have been incredibly gratifying. This is the fuel to my fire and makes it so that my work doesn’t feel like work. My purpose is to help others achieve a sense of relief and release from the daily stresses of life
Born in Redwood City CA I grew up with an immense love of nature. Splashing in rivers and playing in the dirt inspired endless joy and wonder for me. I believe it was those experiences that sparked my love for body, mind, and spirit connection.
While exploring my passion for art in college I began to realize that while I was gaining technique in creative expression, I was lacking depth and connection in my physical and emotional life. I would spend long hours drawing and composing, often in my head, rarely heeding my body’s needs. From the food I ate to the exercise I practiced, the cigarettes I smoked, the insomnia I nurtured, I was shut off and disconnected.
I knew I was looking for change and just needed a little guidance. I took my first Tai Chi class and was introduced to slow, thoughtful movement, using breath as our guide. Learning how to ground into my legs and spine, I felt my body come alive. Inspired once more, I’d found a calling and purpose that felt true to the way I wanted to live. It was the beginning of my transition from cerebral dwelling to simply being present in my body. I left college and traveled up and down the west coast from Washington to California talking to and living with the homeless and mentally ill on the streets. I learned a great deal from their stories and my superficial experience of their world. It was painful, discouraging, and often extremely challenging. I felt myself and lack-there-of in an entirely new way, down to the bone, I was learning from this world.
More fortunate than those I met on the road I had a family to return to. I moved back home, got a job and found the World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts. The school was everything I was looking for and provided a holistic approach to healing that went far beyond the classroom. The World School taught me many tools of body work such as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic, CranioSacral, Structural Foot Balancing, and Vibration Healing Massage Therapy. I have combined these techniques with my background in music and art to create personalized sessions that listen to each individuals’ body and mind to discover the root of their needs. With empathy, love, and compassion, I am happy to co-create an environment in which I may help facilitate the reconnection that people need, to their natural self.