I would say that my decision to spend 25 years innovating in Massage Therapy was a fusion of what I would call a very natural desire and urge to care for others and a fascination with physics, a lifelong relationship with "intuition" and a need to be creative and healthy. I believe I have had a form of touch synesthesia which means that I can feel what others feel.
I used to rub my father's feet most days when he came home from work. He would promise me the world. I think that had a strong influence on my own subconscious awareness. In terms of the "real world," I decided to begin studying Massage Therapy when I had become burned out and a bit disillusioned about being a graphic designer--every road seemed to lead to advertising. Also, I wanted a shift in my daily self care practices. I wanted to focus on the deeper aspects of what it meant to be alive, to communicate and work with others, to aid and assist, to serve and create. I also enjoyed and needed my mettle tested.
I was 29 at the time. If you know anything about astrology, I had just been through my Saturn return, a time in life when you are examining authority as an archetype, in your life. But my journey had begun long before in my studying and practicing yoga, meditation, the I Ching, philosophy and psychology, as well as a life long passion for poetry, literature, learning to play instruments, drawing and painting. I believe that my creativity/curiosity has been the driving force of my having innovated a highly individualized approach to helping clients with pain through attention to posture, structure and tissue integrity, as well as educating on aspects of emotional and spiritual intelligence, neuroscience, and restorative practices.
All of my clients come by referral. I have intentionally built a very loyal base by word-of-mouth. My work is relationship based, some clients have been with me for 20 years and every client is somehow related to every other. I wanted a sacred type of practice where I too practiced trust and accountability.
It is also common, that clients come to me after they have exhausted other avenues.The Art, Science and Soul of Touch is overlooked in our over-medicalized society. Musculoskeletal pain is best addressed by a knowledgeable practitioner like myself who has been focused on detailed, hands-on work with the nerves, fascia, muscles, how they all inter-relate and create movement, ease, flexibility and strength. I have had a lifelong passion for Anatomy and Physiology, and human development/potential. And, in my own life, I am voracious where the bodymind connection meets the multisensory world of the soul. This work is a passion for me and I have been honored to work with the best clients in the world.
Your body is your vehicle in this life. It is a miraculous one. Due to its ability to anticipate, accommodate and compensate, many things remain beneath a conscious level of awareness until it is problematic. The body will do everything in its power to keep the system functioning. Integrative Neuromuscular Therapy, as I practice it, is not simply for resolving pain or dysfunction issues, it is a great way to get to know how your body is currently functioning. You wouldn't believe how many times a day I hear, "I didn't know that hurt." We are blessed to be able to assume the smooth functioning of our vehicle in this life. Integrative Neuromuscular Therapy is designed to assist you in maximum relaxation, greater awareness and therapeutic understanding and practices to address and resolve pain.
My work is first to forge a therapeutic relationship of trust, then to assess via palpation and observation, postural and structural areas of concern and then to begin the work of unwinding compensation and realigning your posture and structure as per the body's priorities. While ever body is constructed in the same manner, not one of us is exactly the same. My experience gives me the ability to work at appropriate pace, depth, and orientation to efficiently address your pain but also to take you to new levels of bodily awareness which impacts all facets of one's life.
Unlike conventional medicine, Complementary Modalities such as Integrative Neuromuscular Therapy works best proactively. The body is wise, it is your vehicle in this life and it carries your whole story. I believe that when I touch a client, I am touching their life and I take that as a very sacred honor. hide