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 was in on a regular basis until I received my first massage. Immediately upon experiencing the mental clarity and emotional lightness from the physical experience, 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. Simultaneously studying for my massage license at Cortiva School of Massage and for my yoga teacher training at Inner Strength Studios—both in Watertown—amplified my comprehension of both and as a result I view the two as inextricably linked.
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 addition to massage, I am a registered yoga teacher. In recent years I have started to study Ashtanga and some 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 massage sessions are also available.