I graduated from Starfire Massage School & Healing Center in Missoula, Montana in 2000 and passed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam in 2001. My certification in Wholistic Massage Therapy gave me a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, pathology, Swedish, Deep Tissue, High Touch Jin Shin Acupressure and Reiki with a specialty of Cranio Sacral Therapy. Since then I have taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release, Visceral/Abdominal Massage, Western and Thai Reflexology, Thai Massage, Aromatherapy, Clinical Massage and so much more. My goal is often to exceed or double the number of continuing education hours required by the state to maintain my license. After so many years of practice, it is natural to blend techniques into an Integrative Massage.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of injuries, diagnoses and pain levels. headaches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, MS, mental illnesses, auto accidents, PTSD, whiplash, back surgeries, paraplegia- you name it and I have probably seen it. If you have pain, more likely than not, massage therapy and bodywork can help. Previously, I contracted with the State of Montana, providing my services to participants in the Medicaid Waiver Program. I enjoy working with adults and elderly patients with severe physical and mental health issues to create more peace and calm. I also have experience working with infants, toddlers, tweens and teens to help with bed wetting, anxiety, growing pains, constipation, scoliosis and more. My youngest patients are newborn infants and my oldest client to date was 99 years young.
After two decades of working one-on-one with thousands of clients, I have come to deeply understand that the mindbody connection is incredibly real and valid. When the body becomes weaker, due to illness or injury, we often see reflections of this in the mind and emotions. Headaches, poor digestion, insomnia, stress and mental illness are interconnected and feed into each other. Likewise, as the body becomes stronger, the mind and emotions follow suite. What does this mean in today's world? To me, it means that we must consistently and confidently strive for more balanced health. As all aspects of our lives are interwoven, so are our organs, tissues and circadian rhythms. When you come to me for massage, bodywork and yoga, know that I am present and engaged with you. I listen compassionately to your health history and current state and aim to provide excellent care every time you come in. You have my full attention and presence when you come in.
In today's busy and technological world, it is becoming increasingly important for people to schedule down time to relax and rejuvenate. For those with high stress jobs, or work that creates rigidity in the body, like office work, undoing some of that myofascial tension is essential to decrease pain and discomfort. Self-care can come in many packages. For me, I get massage & bodywork one to four times a month. I like to read, journal, plant flowers, meditate, hike, ride my bike, spend time with friends and family. When my body hurts, I get a massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care and get more active. Or sometimes I slow down to rest and relax. When we can truly care for ourselves, change and balance can occur. We must make friends with our body, who is our closest companion and best friend. I look forward to helping you get more comfortable in your own skin.
I know that bodywork is effective because I too, receive it on a regular basis from a variety of providers. In high school I had severe projected head posture due to chronic stress, athletic injuries and hyperactivity. At several points in my life, I have also experienced chronic low back, wrist discomfort, pain and surgeries, shoulder and neck pain. Through bodywork, yoga, increasing muscular strength and more, I was able to overcome chronic pain. I understand how debilitating it can be to not be comfortable in your body and the ripple effects into other parts of your life. These experiences have given me great insight, a strong depth of compassion, empathy and passion to continue to provide this important work. I am often asked, do you get bodywork? Of course-or I would get so jealous working on you!!!