Welcome to my practice. If it interests you, here's how I got where I am today in my professional life:
I sought and received craniosacral therapy monthly for several years from one of Austin's most highly regarded practitioners because my intuition told me it would help with trauma and head/sacrum injuries in the past. Unfamiliar with the subtle work, after the third session, I noticed I felt calmer, with a stronger sense of myself and more equanimity, and that grew after each session. Later sessions helped me relax more deeply than I knew was possible, and the work also improved my nerve function as well. I was awed by my therapist's palpation skills and deep knowledge of anatomy, and how I felt better and better over time, with more confidence and resources.
My interest in bodywork led me to train in Reiki. A few weeks after my training ended, I used it on a gifted and experienced healer/friend who had injured his foot badly. He recovered more quickly than expected and told me the next day, "You need to get a license to touch people."
I attended the Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage in Austin, graduating from the basic 500-hour program and later from the 250-hour advanced program. While still a basic student, I took a 6-hour introductory class in craniosacral therapy. At one point, I put my hands on my practice partner's head and experienced an unexpected flood of sensations. I wanted to know more.
Six months after becoming licensed as a massage therapist, I learned about biodynamic craniosacral therapy and was asked, "Why aren't you a craniosacral therapist?" Three days later, I was in training.
I've taken numerous classes in both classical and biodynamic craniosacral therapy since.
In my advanced training at Lauterstein-Conway, after my first Zero Balancing session, I stood up and felt amazing — taller, more spacious, with more ease of movement, and a nice energy flow through my body. It was as if my body's tension patterns had dissolved, as if gravity had somehow lessened. I felt younger and more buoyant, yet grounded and centered.
I wanted to learn how to give others that experience, which in my opinion imparts the most positive transformation of structure and energy in the least amount of time (30 minutes), of any modality I've ever studied.
Meanwhie, I learned how to give a good massage, specializing in integrative, prenatal, orthopedic, and Deep Massage, as well as reflexology, acupressure, cupping, and more.
Education & Training
Besides completing 750 hours of massage training at Lauterstein-Conway and being Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, I am currently certified in:
Beyond bodywork, I have an MS degree in Community & Regional Planning from UT/Austin and a BA in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. I'm a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a type of modern shamanism. I began practicing yoga in 1982, have completed yoga teacher training, and have taught yoga. I've enjoyed ecstatic dancing since 1995.
I give each bodywork recipient my best. I interview you to find out your goals for each session and have you map your problem areas. unless you know exactly what you want, we come up with a session design and treatment plan that work for you.
I check in with you during each session about your comfort. On my massage table, nothing should ever hurt beyond the "hurts-so-good" level, and some modalities employ a light and gentle touch. I'm open to your feedback before, during, and after each session.
I love to listen to the story your body tells me and let those messages guide my work.