Yoga and massage found me at the same time. Having spent the majority of my life intellectually stimulated but physically sedentary, I didn’t realize how much discomfort I experienced on a regular basis until I received my first massage. Immediately upon sensing new mental clarity and emotional lightness from the physical relief, I concluded that I had to take a direct approach towards making my body feel better on a regular, sustainable and independent basis, and thusly pursued yoga. In my efforts to understand my yoga practice and the human body more, I enrolled in massage school and yoga teacher training that same year, and now the two are inextricably linked in my work.
In the time since my initial training which included Swedish, Myofascial, sports and neuromuscular techniques, I have also trained in Thai and Orthopedic massage, most recently undertaking an intensive massage training in Thailand and informal training in Shiatsu meridian work. This combination of modalities gives me the ability to perform massage for both clothed or unclothed clients, on a table or on a mat on the floor. I tend to use all the tools at my disposal, namely: elbows, knees and feet in addition to hands and fingers. My goal in a session is to open the body up where it needs space while simultaneously alleviating the pain often felt in the overly strained compensating muscles. I integrate energy work into my massage sessions, so that you would feel as structurally relaxed as possible both in your physical and mental spaces.
In recent years I have begun my study of Ashtanga yoga and Iyengar yoga principles to integrate movement, alignment and breathing in a harmonizing way for the body and mind. The intention of the movements is to essentially echo the same effect a massage would have: to open the body where it needs expansion and strengthen the body where it needs contraction. Orthopedic conditions like forward-head posture, caved-in shoulders, various spinal deviations and hip mobility issues can be mediated and eventually corrected with a thoughtful asana practice, and once the body is in a healthy, upright position, it increases its ability to heal itself. Private yoga sessions can be booked with specific focus based off of your individual needs. Options to combine private yoga sessions with Thai massage sessions would give you ways to experience the best of bodywork you can receive and healthy movements you can provide yourself.
Cortiva Massage Therapy School | 750 Hours, March 2013-2014
Thai Massage training | 16 Hours, April 2014
Inner Strength Studios Yoga Teacher Training | 200 Hours, January-April 2014
Orthopedic Massage Training with Tom Karis | 100 Hours, March-June 2016
JPCY Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program | 20 Hours September 2016-January 2017
Advanced Orthopedic Massage with Tom Karis | 60 Hours, February 2017
Thai Massage training in Thailand with Jack Chaiya | 100 Hours, March 2018
Cadaver lab with Ed Cardinal | 3 Hours, September 2018