I joined the Air Force upon high school graduation, hoping some time and experience out on my own would bring me closer to discovering what might be my calling in life. After four years of service I was searching for a new direction. I received a massage and felt deep peace and contact with myself. I began reading all the resources I could on massage and related healing modalities. I attended massage school at California Health Institute and towards the end, received a Craniosacral therap...
I joined the Air Force upon high school graduation, hoping some time and experience out on my own would bring me closer to discovering what might be my calling in life. After four years of service I was searching for a new direction. I received a massage and felt deep peace and contact with myself. I began reading all the resources I could on massage and related healing modalities. I attended massage school at California Health Institute and towards the end, received a Craniosacral therapy session and was deeply moved by the profound experience. My husband received military orders to RAF Lakenheath, UK. We moved to England for what was going to be a three year stay but turned into a seven and a half year journey of deep personal process and discovery. The thread weaved through three different trainings: College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in London, Karuna Institute for a short course in Craniosacral Biodynamics, and Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre for Body Psychotherapy and Biodynamic Massage.
Combining Craniosacral Therapy, Biodynamic Massage, and Integrated Therapeutic Massage enables us to find together, a treatment plan where your immediate concerns can be met (muscular pain, tension stress relief), but also, we work towards deepening into a process of connection with the self and other (Craniosacral therapy and Biodynamic massage are seen to contribute to a process of stillness and deep discovery, though there are often immediate signs of relief such is in the treatment of headaches and migraines for example).
Philosophically, therapies and approaches can be loosely understood as being “Inside-out” or “Outside-in”. One is not better than the other, both ways of working have their strength and place in effective treatment, the first way of thinking employs a “listening” approach, whereas the second is more interventionist—or therapist using a “technique”. Naturally there is often crossover. I work in a way that largely honors listening from moment to moment to what the body is telling me needs to happen next and then drawing on whatever skillset best will support this.
My unique combination of training and skill sets supports people who are seeking more contact from their massage than what you may have received say, at a spa or sports therapy center. It is not spa work, or purely deep tissue or muscular work. We work at whatever tissue level your body is currently most in need of. Yes, this is decided by you and by me. If you feel you are need of deep muscular work, I will do the best I can to meet you there, at least some of the session, but I will educate as to why gentle connective tissue work is necessary to help your body access it healing resources and experience longer term benefit. It is a dance with the tissues—meeting them moment to moment where they need to be met. It is beyond not only your fixed desire for whatever you think you need in a massage and also, what I think I know as a therapist. We work together.
Some of the particular concerns that come to me are migraines, headaches, digestive disturbances, sleep disorders, stress or anxiety related symptoms, lack of energy, depressive symptoms, fibromyalgia, symptoms of PTSD, and those generally feeling that they have lost connection with themselves, and are wanting to return to that place of balance.
WA # MA60448820
Diploma in Craino-Sacral Therapy
Shock and Trauma (Advanced Cranio)
Advanced Certificate in Biodynamic Massage
Professional Massage Therapy Program
Foundation Certificate in Biodynamic Massage
In the early years, the hours of treatment work that I did were largely in the service of my own personal growth and development. I am always in the process of continuing personal development and feel that I now have a depth and richness of being to bring into relationship with the clients. Each session is an opportunity to heal and grow together.