- Ashmead College of Massage Therapy, WA. Graduated with Honors, 2007
- 75 hour Internship at Tacoma General Hospital in 2007
Specialties or Training:
- Massage for chronic health conditions and illness, and injury treatment massage from the initial acute stage, to full recovery, with a focus on overcoming the common stage of chronic re-injury.
- I am versed in the application and physiologic effects of a variety of massage techniques and modalities including Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing, Active Isometric Resistance, Passive Isotonic Stretch, as well as Reiki, Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy, and more.
Favorite Modalities: I really enjoy medical massage and injury treatment. Helping the body and nervous system return to a place of balance so healing can occur. I specialize in treating conditions like whiplash, chronic headaches, and muscle strains, resulting from sudden injury, MVA, or long-term health conditions. Ultimately, everybody and every lifestyle is different, so every massage is different. I utilize aspects of many modalities and kinesiology to provide Integrated Deep Tissue and Injury Treatment Techniques in a gentle way.
Philosophy on Healing: Even the most subtle bodywork and massage can have cumulative and synergistic benefits. Massage makes us kinder and more compassionate with ourselves and others. This increased awareness fosters us to make healthier choices -however small. I believe that if every person on the planet had access to weekly massage, it could change our world.
Exceptional Results: A client mentioned symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, during a relaxation massage. We spent the next several sessions addressing multiple causes of hand and arm pain so she could keep working. Our subsequent stretches decreased the symptoms enough to convince her to get a second opinion. As a result, she was re-diagnosed by a specialist and able treat the real condition (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) with massage and stretching. She completely avoided unnecessary surgery based on her GP’s original misdiagnosis.
Another client spent a lot of time sitting after an old injury and developed chronic lower back pain. She sat at home, at work, and during a long daily commute. We focused on stretching and ergonomics. We spent part of one session at her car, where I assessed her driving style and posture. We adjusted the seat and steering wheel positions to better support her entire body and discussed steps to take at home. Within the week her pain levels dropped from a fairly constant 8/10, down to a 3/10 with only occasional spikes. This client’s quality of life improved greatly, and she was able to resume enjoying massage for relaxation, instead of just therapeutic pain management.
OR State License: LMT # 18998