‘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 did my initial massage training in 2007 at The Soma Institute in Chicago and then later studied the art of Thai massage at The Sunshine School and with Ohm Rinraya of Omasala, both in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Modalities and techniques I have studied include: Clinical Massage, Swedish & Deep Tissue, Myofascial techniques, Lymphatic Drainage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Sports Massage, Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage & Ashiatsu. I have also studied 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 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 and 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!