I went to school at Three Oaks Academy and Integrative Therapy Clinic in Boise, ID where I focused on clinical approaches to massage therapy. I view it as a way to broaden the capacities of our heath care system as well as to bridge the gap between physical and mental / emotional health. It has a role in improving ones mobility, vitality, and emotional stability, preventing further injury or disease, and in assisting with the challenges of recovery.
I use techniques of deep tissue, connective tissue and myofascial, Swedish, trigger point therapy, mobilization, lymphatic drainage, and postural analysis, with the values of a relaxing approach to reach the individual goals of each client. I was taught the value of science, questioning, hypothesizing, analyzing, and problem solving from my mother, who was, among many other things, a scientist, and my father who was an engineer. The combination of this and my inclination towards physical activity and manipulation of the physical world has led me to love being a massage therapist. I have done many other things for work, and am thankful to have come around the circles leading myself here. I have a B.A. in French from Northern Arizona University, and have since moved between Arizona, Oregon, and Idaho. The French degree, while loved, is not a broad career opener, so, I have done trail construction and design, taught English in France, worked with youth education on a non -profit farm, was a field instructor for a wilderness therapy company, spent some time as a flower gardener, as well as a few others. Massage is a great fit for me, I am fascinated by anatomy and the human body, intrigued by its injuries, enjoy being active, and am excited to meet new people. In my practice I enjoy the challenge of questioning, analyzing, and finding ways assist my clients in reaching whatever individual goals they bring to the table. When working through adhesions with clients, I love to let my imaginative mind see the individual muscle cells and the strings of connective tissue and then broaden it out to their connections and potential interferences from other parts of the body and mind. I view the body as a collection of functioning units, interdependent upon one another. If one muscle is in pain, it is not alone in its dysfunction, and it's important to work with the whole situation not an individual symptom. To me, it's all about balance. When not at work, you will find me reading a book, browsing through thrift / consignment stores, hiking, climbing, rafting rivers, doing yoga, relaxing with friends, traveling, or learning how to sail.
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