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I am often asked, “What got you into doing massage?”
I have memories of giving massages to my then 19-year-old sister, at the young age of five. Offering massage as a way to build connection in our family was something I greatly valued. Little did I know, later it would become the catalyst for my own personal healing and growth.
Like most people, I didn’t learn much about self-care or how to truly love and value myself. As a teen, I struggled with addictions, lots of hardships, and depression. Attending massage school right out of high school was the first big step to embarking on a very healing and transformational time. I was so ready!
Being immersed in a safe, supportive environment and receiving lots of healing sessions from fellow students and gifted teachers allowed me the space to relieve the burdens and woundedness I had been carrying. I clearly remember a natural feeling of lightness and peace emerging from deep within myself. My eyes were opened to seeing the world around me with a new beauty and brightness I had never remembered before. These changes ignited a desire for more healthy changes in my life. I started eating more fresh, unprocessed foods, cultivating a more positive mindset, adopting a healthier lifestyle, and more meaningful relationships. The old, unhealthy habits faded away as I aligned into more of what I felt was my “true self”.
My life journey has taught me, and continues to, that each of us are powerful in our ability to create miraculous changes in our life.
Being a busy mom of three myself, ages ranging from 16, 11 and 10 months, I know very well the challenges and sacrifices that arise when caring for those you love. It’s hard to balance self-care, properly nourishing yourself and others, all while putting your best face forward and pretending like you have it all together (while this may be further from the truth). The self-care issues parents face day after day are the areas I feel very called to help. Providing women and parents with the therapeutic modalities and tools to be healthier and happier in relationship with themselves and life so they can carry those blessings back into their family and in all of their relationships.
My hobbies include, spending time in nature, prayer time with God, my family and friends. When I can I love to make delicious and nutrious desserts with a delightful cup of tea. Oh yes! And receiving self-care of course!
HOW I WORK…
People have shared with me how they appreciate my intuitive nature and deep listening skills. I show up to each session with fullness of presence and give 100% to each client. I appreciate my clients sharing with me how they feel safe, comforted, and well supported throughout their session. When a client is open and ready to making diet or lifestyle choices, I’ll help guide them to better options or resources to support their growth. Since each person is unique, I like to tailor each session to meet the client where they’re at and what they’re ready to receive. The pressure I use is at a level that is comfortable and therapeutic for the client's healing. I often will use a combination of craniosacral therapy and massage to restore balance to the central nervous system and the body as a whole.
Licensed Massage Therapist (#7195)
Certified Integrative Wellness Coach
Professional Member of The American Massage Therapy Association
HeartSong Volunteer for Care Partners Solace Center
Women's Recovery Center
SomatoEmotional Release Level 1
March 30 – April 2, 2023
A full range of cranialsacral tools to supporting gentle trauma resolution.
CranialSacral Therapy Level 2
July 8-11, 2021
Moving Beyond the Dura for Assessing Acute and Chronic Conditions.
CranialSacral Therapy Level 1
4-day intensive workshop through the Upledger Institute. Learning 10-Step protocol, still point induction, anatomy & physiology of the cranialsacral system.
Strategic Intervention Bootcamp by Chloe Madanes
4-day intensive life coaching training as taught by the daughter of personal coach and mentor to inspiration coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
Intro to Eslan Massage with Robin Fann-Costanzo
Institute for Integrative Nutrition- Integrative Nutrition Coaching Program
Study hundreds of dietary theories. Learn from the world’s experts in the field of health, nutrition. Learn about bio-individuality, not one diet fits all. Primary foods and secondary foods, food and non-food related things that nourish us.
Craniosacral Fundamentals, Level 1 by, Pat Donohe and AMTA
2014 14 hours
Introduction to biodynamic cranialsacral therapy.
Colorado School for Healing Arts-Oncology Program
A comprehensive oncology massage program that prepares the massage therapist to be knowledgeable and proficient in their abilities to work safely with oncology patients within and outside of a hospital setting. Learn non-invasive healing modalities such as healing touch, reflexology, polarity, stone massage and trauma touch.
· Healing Touch I- 20 hours
· Hydrostone- 14 hours
· Oncology I- 60 hours
Learn how to provide comfort-oriented massage to people at all stages of cancer; terminal, treatment, recovery, survivor. We learn pressure, position, and site restrictions for giving massage. And we learn a background in the psychology, physiology and pathology of the cancer process and how to work with the side effects and emotions as a result of treatment.
· Oncology II- 50 hours
· Pathology for Massage Therapists- 40 hours
· Intro to Polarity- 16 hours
· Reflexology I- 24 hours
· Trauma Touch Therapy™ – 50 hours
· Internship at Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, CO – 18 Hours Working w/ Patients in the Oncology Infusion Center, Radiation & In-Patient Units
· Internship at Hospice of St. John, Lakewood, CO – 8 Sessions w/ End-of-Life Patients
Comfort Touch is a nurturing style of acupressure that gives special consideration to the physical and emotional needs of the elderly and the ill. Its primary intention is to provide comfort through techniques that promote deep relaxation and relief from pain. Techniques are able to be used in a wide variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, and hospices.
Essential Oils for Cancer
Learn about the scientific research and studies on the therapeutic benefits of medicinal-grade essential oils for people with cancer.
In-depth Introduction to Oncology Massage w/ Lauren Muser-Cates
This class is an in-depth introduction to oncology massage. Learning about what cancer is and how to safely massage people who have or have had cancer.
Neurosomatic Educators- Posturology 101
Learn about the science of posture and how to assess different musculature imbalances and how to treat them effectively.
Deep Tissue Techniques to Enliven Your Practice
I learned effective deep tissue and myofascial massage techniques to help clients release muscle tension in a comfortable, non-invasive way.
Craniosacral Therapy-Level One, Upledger Institute
I learned the foundational steps of craniosacral therapy to assist in restoring health and balance to the body and mind.
Pre & Postnatal Massage Therapy with Carole Osborne-Sheets
In this comprehensive program I learned how to help women safely and effectively relieve their muscle aches and pains that commonly occur during and after pregnancy.
Myofascial Release with Pete Whitridge
I learned how to use myofascial components for the treatment of neck and shoulder pain.
Aroma Therapy Training through Aromatherapy in Complementary Alternative Medicine (A-CAM)
I learned about essential oils and how to use them for relieving common ailments and for the replacement of toxic household and personal care products.
Foot Reflexology Training with Whitehawk Caddy
· 28 hours level one, basic training in foot reflexology
· 8 hours level two, master’s certification in foot reflexology
Atlanta School of Massage- Clinical Program
720 hours (Includes: Human Sciences 160.5 hours, Massage & NMT Theory 21 hours, Massage Technique & Supervised Practice 325 hours)
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