“You have good hands. You should be a massage therapist.”
And thus began my journey as a healer. Well, maybe not right there. Let me back up.
I used to be an administrative assistant, and I didn’t love it. I loved parts of it, but I didn’t love all of it. I wanted to be more helpful in the wider world, to bring more compassion into the world, and to do work that fulfilled others and was fulfilling. And then, those words, spoken casually during a neck rub for a desperate friend. Something shifted that day, and I knew I needed to look more closely at massage therapy. It seemed to be the perfect fit for what I wanted in a career, and what I wanted to bring to the world.
I began my massage therapy training in 2005, at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York, where I studied Swedish and Shiatsu massage. I received a great education, with in-depth courses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, energy meridians, and acupressure points. Then I graduated, and the real world was filled with people in pain who didn’t care about where their rhomboids were or how their Qi felt, they just wanted their neck to rotate all the way to the left.
I was always curious about Qi, about energy in the body, and hands-on, non-massage healing. So I studied Reiki, and brought that into my work. I also dove into the world of crystals and minerals and their use in energy work. I’ve looked at many energetic therapies, and reached the conclusion that I can’t separate the physical from the energetic. I can’t work on one without affecting the other, so my massages are infused with gentle, positive energy.
I have worked in day spas, gyms, chiropractic offices, and a driveway (it was a volunteer event). I have taken classes, on shoulders, on pregnancy massage. I have put my hands on hundreds of people, and I have witnessed beautiful transformations in my clients, in physical body and spirit. And I have pursued my dream of helping and bringing a little bit more compassion into the world.
I think we all want to be seen and acknowledged wherever we are on our journey. I believe massage does that, creating a pathway for you to acknowledge yourself, to get present to where you are in your journey, to give you space to be. When you get on my table, I’ll be there to listen, with compassion and non-judgment, as your body shares its story. Together, we will work on getting present to that journey and create the space to process it and to keep on keepin’ on. We will also make sure you can rotate your neck to the left.
Education, Training, and Certification
B.A., Theater, University of Vermont, 1997
Associates in Applied Science, The Swedish Institute, 2006
Structural-Craniosacral with Bruce Schonfeld, 2011
Bodywork for the Childbearing Year with Kate Jordan, 2012
Shakti Shamanic Reiki with Andrea Marie Stark, 2014
Myofascial Release I with John F. Barnes, 2014
DONA Postpartum Doula Training with Kathrin Auger, 2015
Adult & Pedriatic First Aid/CPR/AED certified, 2016
Sabai Thai Traditional Thai Foot Reflexology with Teri Rogers, 2016
Advanced Perinatal Massage Therapy with Carol Osborne, 2018
Intro. to CranioSacral Therapy: Applications for Postpartum with Ellen Steinberg, 2018