My personal healing arts journey begins with an early extensive background in dance and gymnastics. Experiencing a sport-related injury as a teen, I was placed out of commission to compete or even practice. I spent years in physical and emotional pain while not finding the right support or answers in western medicine - I felt very alone. During this time, there was emotional and physical abuse occurring at home. These compounded pressures on my body, mind, and spirit pushed me into a deep depression that only music and yoga could temporarily comfort but not heal or resolve.
At eighteen I discovered Ashtanga Yoga. By twenty-five, I became certified in Structural Integration and Somatic Healing after experiencing the work firsthand. In my forties, I undertook Ayurveda, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation and today I offer all of these modalities to my communities. It was a blend of the above-mentioned and a deep spiritual practice with meditation that showed me none of what was put upon me was my fault or anything to be ashamed of. And in fact, it was in the undoing and rebuilding where the strength was built. I rebuilt myself from the ground up, and I am still learning.
We all have a past, have a story and for many of us it is not good - and we can learn to emerge from these difficulties creating an entirely new reality for ourselves. Ultimately shifting humanity for the better as a whole. It's the ripple effect. If you want peace, be peace. If you want to heal, heal.
Throughout this three-decade healing journey, I have studied, practiced, and become certified in the following modalities that I currently offer to the public:
Rolf Method of Structural Integration
Visceral and Craniosacral Therapy
Watsu (water massage therapy)
Canine Trauma & Structural Therapy
Canine de-Stressing Techniques
Fear Free Certification (canine therapy)
The Guild for Structural Integration - Boulder, Colorado
Graduate receiving over 1,4oo hours of training with 580 hours in Integrative Massage Therapy.
Instructors include Peter Melchior, Neil Powers, David Davis, Andy Goodwin, Liz Steward, and Nilce Silva.
Aspen Meadows Aquatic Center - Nederland, Colorado
Watsu Level 1
Stillpoint - New York City
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
The Barrall Institute, Various Locations
Visceral Manipulation Level 1 and 2
Yoga Source Directed Under Tias Little, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Angela Farmer, Erich Schiffman, and other local directors dating back to 1990
The Alexander Technique - 75 Hours of practical and class training and collaboration with Carolyn Johnson.
Ayurveda - Dr. David Frawley, Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute, and Melanie Philips of the Madhuri Method.
Nutrition - Macrobiotics with Paul Pitchford of the Heartwood Institute, Plant-Based foods with Dr. Gemma Newman of London UK, and Rich Roll, Ultra Athlete, Los Angeles.
Meditation and Spiritual - Gia Combs-Ramirez, Roshi Joan Halifax, Sandra Ingerman, Vipassana Meditation, and Heartfulness or Sahaj Marg a Raja Yoga Meditation System.
My undergraduate work is in biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
ASPCA Volunteer Kansas City, Kansas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue Volunteer, East Coast Chapter
Humane Society International Volunteer
Animal Welfare Seed Fund Organizer, MovingSophia
Best Friends Kanab, Utah Volunteer