Hey ya'll... I was born and raised in El Paso, TX, home of the best Mexican food you can find! Home is where I found my love for dance (and food) at the ripe age of two. I grew up dancing as a competition kid - think Dance Moms without all the craziness. The stage was definitely my home away from home. I have danced professionally for over 25 years and have been teaching others to dance for over 15. I was blessed with a mentor in dance, Rita Job Shaeffer, who believed in and saw something in ...
Hey ya'll... I was born and raised in El Paso, TX, home of the best Mexican food you can find! Home is where I found my love for dance (and food) at the ripe age of two. I grew up dancing as a competition kid - think Dance Moms without all the craziness. The stage was definitely my home away from home. I have danced professionally for over 25 years and have been teaching others to dance for over 15. I was blessed with a mentor in dance, Rita Job Shaeffer, who believed in and saw something in me that even I didn't see in myself. She saw someone who was a natural teacher and gave me the opportunity to teach others at just 14 years of age. I have been spreading my love for dance ever since and inspired others to find joy in movement, from the tiniest of tots to adults. In 2009 I was invited by a friend to take my first Zumba class - it ended up being a Zumba certification class! This is where my journey into the world of fitness and wellness began. Dance fitness has changed my life and has helped me on my own personal wellness journey. I became certified in Zumba Basic I & II, as well as Zumba Tomic (kids Zumba). 2011 I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my education in dance. Los Angeles was ripe with opportunities to further develop my knowledge within the fitness world. During this time, I trained SPX Pilates through Lagree Fitness and was hooked! This led me to earning my SPX Pilates Instructor Certification. With my background in dance and fitness, I always inquired to know more about how the body worked. My interest in massage therapy came naturally, then. I am a graduate of the Southern California Health Institute, as a Certified Massage Therapist. Any professional dancer or athlete has their fair share of injuries, and I am no exception. Knowing how massage therapy has helped me over the years, I feel I have a unique perspective into how massage therapy can benefit others, not only athletes, but all people. I love being able to provide therapeutic care to people with acute or chronic pain from injury or day-to-day strain, as well as those who need some relaxation. Let me share my passion for Massage, Dance and Fitness with you!
CA # 54726
Certified Massage Therapy
Swedish: The most classic form of massage, promoting relaxation and detoxification through basic massage techniques. This is a good massage to receive for clients new to massage therapy. Medical Therapeutic Release Technique: Consists of deep pressure along with trigger point therapy and static/isometric stretching. Trigger point therapy focuses on specific pain points on the body. This is recommended for clients with pain due to trauma and everyday activities. Sports: Often confused with deep tissue or rehab massage techniques. This technique is strictly beneficial to athletes prior to undergoing rigorous activities. Note that sports massage uses ONLY friction techniques to warm the muscles. Recommended session time is 30-45 minutes. Prenatal: For expecting moms, recommended after the first trimester. This massage is performed side-lying, ensuring comfort for mom and baby. The classic massage techniques incorporated in a Swedish massage are used for prenatal, modified to increase comfort, while promoting relief from tension and pain. Chair Massage: Unlike a traditional massage, a chair massage provides clients the ability to receive therapeutic care for those upper extremities which love to carry tension and stress. It is a quick and convenient way to relax when you feel you've been carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. You can have an effective chair massage done in as little as 15-30 minutes, making it a great solution for employers who wish to provide their employees a gesture of gratitude for their hard work, as well as promote wellness in the office environment. Cupping Therapy: A traditional Chinese medicine in which special cups (silicone or glass) are placed on your skin for a few minutes at a time to create suction. This works by opening pores in the skin and creating a path for toxins to release from the muscles. Cupping therapy is beneficial for chronic pain, inflammation, asthma, rehabilitation from injury, and can help with the common cold and redistributing cellulite. It also promotes blood-flow and relaxation and is comprable to a deep-tissue massage.
Developed by Sebastien Lagree, his aim was to take pilates to the next level. Many describe this workout as "pilates on steroids". This is a very intense and efficient, non-stop 45 minute full body workout, where every movement is done in a slow and controlled manner, focusing on the precision of form. This slow and controlled workout activates more muscle fibers by applying tension during the full range of motion. This activates the slow-twitch muscle fibers and increase fat-burning. Each movement during your workout will require use of your core, increasing your strength and balance. Even something as simple as a lunge will require you to stabilize yourself on the Proformer. This is a great low-impact workout. But don't think that low-impact means low intensity! You will sweat your booty off! As you get stronger, you will also increase flexibility in your muscles through elongating movements. Your body will build up endurance by allowing your muscles, heart and lungs to work longer and harder. And if all of that wasn't enough motivation, pilates promotes lean muscle tissue which will have you looking and feeling amazing.
Losing weight can be fun! Want a cardio workout that you can look forward to? Maybe a workout where you can burn 600-1,000 calories per session? My dance fitness program is just what you're looking for! This is a full body exercise that is good for ALL AGES and builds endurance, coordination, and is a lot of fun. We will incorporate choreography and toning movements to create a full body workout. This will take you on a journey from the slow and rhythmic, to booty-popping club hits, changing the pace of your workout seamlessly, which promotes greater endurance and melts the fat away. You will walk out of class feeling confident and happy!