Interoception and pleasure are critical to wellness and are not valued or experienced much in our culture. I want to help people to find their natural rhythm and balance. I believe that if everyone felt good, had confidence in their bodies and balance in their bodies and minds, our world would be much more harmonious and much less destructive.
I came to bodywork through my own personal healing journey, recovering from a hip injury that caused pain and frustration with each step. There were no activities that weren’t affected, and I spent a lot of that eight-year period dissociating from my lower body. Receiving massage was one of the only times I felt safe enough to become present in my own body, feel connected to myself, and at peace. The pain would subside, and I would have a sense of buoyancy and freedom in my movement. Once I prioritized my wellbeing with regular bodywork and committing to a self-care routine of interoception, movement and stretching, my injury turned out to be my greatest teacher. I moved into a place of great body awareness, compassion, intuition and authenticity for myself, and the natural progression was for me to share the transformative healing process I experienced with others. Because we don’t exist in a vortex, we don’t heal in a vortex. We are all interconnected, and as we show up for ourselves, and as one person experiences healing, we are lifted up together.
My primary modalities include Myofascial Release, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Tui Na and Craniosacral. I provide my clients with a a full body experience through deep and gentle fascial work, Swedish, and focused therapeutic techniques for pain relief, tension relief and structural balancing. As a harpist and composer for over 15 years, deep listening has been an integral part of my life, and a skill that has translated to my understanding of the body, balance and harmony. Vibration, texture and subtle movement in the body offer clues to disharmony, and pathways to harmony.
Myofascial release is a gentle and powerful modality that works with the fascia (connective tissue) of the body to unwind and release acute and chronic pain and tension patterns. Recent studies have discovered that the fascial system is continuous. This means that all of the structures that support, wrap, and give shape to your form are all connected - this also means if one area gets stuck, it pulls on surrounding areas, causing pain and tension patterns to emerge, and ultimately changing the form and function of the whole body. Injury, trauma, dehydration or overuse can cause the fascia to “adhere” or get stuck, and when that happens, we lose flexibility, mobility and freedom in our bodies. I use gentle myofascial release to listen and respond to the fascial tissues and assist the reorganization of fibrous tissues along healthy and functional lines of force. This work is profoundly successful in supporting increased body awareness, ease, grace, natural energy and a sense of space inside and out.
Tui Na is an ancient bodywork practice from China and is based in traditional Chinese medicine. As a Tui Na practitioner, my aim is to support your vital energy flow throughout your body. The beauty of this system of medicine is in the belief that vibrant health is a bodies’ most natural state, and when a body is in balance, heals itself. Through pressure points, meridian therapy, and elemental theory, Tui Na restores balance within the body, between body, mind and spirit, and in relationship with environmental factors.
I specialize in working with musicians and artists as well as supporting clients with a history of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain conditions, and eating disorders. I have been successful working with clients with fibromyalgia, MS, hypermobility, headache and migraine, musculoskeletal injury and imbalance, repetitive use injury, anxiety, depression, PTSD, nerve entrapment, sciatica, digestive disorders, low back pain, whiplash and neck pain, restricted range of motion, and joint pain and stiffness.
Learning to feel good in our bodies and trust our bodies can be a challenging journey for those who have experienced traumatic events or live with chronic illness. I will work with you to cultivate an environment of trust, compassion and communication to provide a safe and nurturing environment for you. I am here to support your journey toward vitality, ease and joy in your body. Together, we can design a treatment plan to support your most radiant vision of health.