I graduated from Starfire Massage School in Missoula, Montana in 2000. My certification in Wholistic Massage Therapy gave me a strong foundation in anatomy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, High Touch Jin Shin Acupressure, Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy. Since then I have taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Myofascial Release, Western and Thai Refexology, Basic Thai Massage, Aromatherapy and more. 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, neck/back pain, fibromyalgia, MS, mental illnesses, auto accidents, whiplash, back surgeries, paraplegia, you name it and I have probably seen it. If you have pain, more likely than not, massage therapy can help.
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 connected and feed into each other. Likewise, as the body becomes stronger, the mind and emotions follow suite. What does this mean to today's world? To me, it means that we must consistently strive for 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 when you come in.
In today's busy and technological world, it is becoming less common for people to schedule down time to relax and rejuvenate. It takes the average person a good half hour to start to unwind. This is why I most often recommend a longer massage, so that your nervous system has time to down-regulate and create more lasting change.
I know that bodywork is effective because I too receive it on a regular basis. At one point in my life, I had chronic low back and neck pain. Through bodywork, yoga and increasing muscular strength, I was able to overcome daily pain. I understand how debilitating it can be to not be comfortable in your body. This experience has given me great insight, compassion and passion to continue to provide this important work. I am often asked, do you get bodywork? Of course!