‘May we live like the lotus, at ease in muddy water’
~ Zen Proverb
I am a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher who specializes in trauma informed and restorative applications of yoga and massage. In each session or class I share, my hope is to support clients and students as they strengthen personal agency over their body. As a teacher, I believe my main responsibility is to act as a guide for students to connect with their own inherent wisdom. In all of the classes I teach, regardless of style, you can expect to work deeply with gratitude and intention, to explore meditation and visualization practices, and to cultivate a sense of wholeness, peace and connection.
I took my first yoga class in 1999, and later on deepened my studies practicing a classical style of yoga from the Krishnamacharya lineage. While in Allahabad, India with The Himalayan Institute in 2013, I was initiated into the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition. I continue to draw inspiration from Tantra’s approach to yoga and life.
I have always been intrigued with the power of therapeutic, healing touch. In 2007, this love for bodywork eventually brought me to The Soma Institute in Chicago. At Soma I studied Clinical Massage, Swedish Massage, Myofascial techniques & Lymphatic Drainage.
In 2011 I traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study Thai Massage at The Sunshine School and with Ohm Rinraya of Omsala. I also have experience with Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage and Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage along with studying body-based approaches to supporting folks with trauma and PTSD. From all of these techniques, styles and modalities, I create personalized and unique sessions, that are both powerful and effective.
I am continuously fascinated with the impact the nervous system can have on how we feel in our bodies. My work focuses on relaxation to reduce physical pain and support a more grounded bodily experience. My massage work is based in the philosophy that the most effective bodywork is not overly deep, nor is it aggressive or painful. What I do is best suited for anyone looking to feel more connected and grounded within their body, and folx hoping to reduce the physical effects of stress & anxiety.
For over a decade I have been developing my skills and deepening my knowledge. I've worked with a wide range of clients in a variety of settings from 5 star spas and hotels, to yoga studios. In each session I hold grounding and tranquil space for my clients. I wholeheartedly believe this kind of support helps to facilitate comfort and relaxation, vital forces for initiating deep, lasting healing.
I am also a continuing education provider for The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). I teach trauma-informed bodywork to licensed massage therapists and bodyworkers.
I am currently a level 1 Reiki Practitioner. I have studied with Reiki Master and Teacher, Jeanne Steen. Incorporating Reiki into my daily life has been a profoundly transformative experience.
As of 2020, I am an SE™ Practitioner in Training at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. I integrate Somatic Experiencing® techniques into my classes and sessions. The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
I hope to work with you soon!