For eighteen plus years, I have been devoted to my craft of helping people with pain or limitation that is caused by soft-tissue restriction. I am an “anatomy nerd,” and I am fascinated with our amazing bodies.
I was first drawn into bodywork by my own pain and back stiffness (related to scoliosis) that was limiting my athletic ability and making me generally uncomfortable. Since then, I have been involved in a variety of sports and work situations that have been a laboratory for my movement exploration. Dealing with my own injuries and a major surgery has given me insight into common body complaints, and has developed my compassion for people who are dealing with them.
Because of these experiences, I have respect for what you know about your own body, and I place importance on listening to your unique story. Through years of practice, I am also able to “listen” with my hands to what your body needs.
In my practice, I use classic Structural Integration strategies combined with neural mobilization and other connective tissue release techniques to address problems with posture and movement. I have studied in depth with several masters, and I have a deep appreciation of the science and art of manual therapy.
What else fires me up about my work? I love a good puzzle to solve! And I enjoy working with clients who seek greater understanding and appreciation of their own bodies.
In 2005, I completed my Structural Integration training (500 hrs), studying directly with Thomas Myers—founder of the KMI school and author of Anatomy Trains (a text used world-wide to help manual and movement therapists understand fascial anatomy). Since then, I have taken upwards of 600 hours of continuing education in neural and visceral manipulation techniques,, and I have joined the faculty of the KMI school, where I continue to learn about structural integration through teaching.
I completed my initial massage training at the Oregon School of Massage (650+ hrs) in 1998, after which, I worked in a chiropractic office using PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), trigger point work, and shiatsu massage techniques.
My education in the sciences (bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College, 1991, environmental studies) and a history of involvement in sports, dance, and yoga provide the background for my ongoing study of anatomy and movement.
I have always enjoyed helping people to understand concepts through kinesthetic experience. Clients who want to understand what I am doing and what is happening under my hands, or who want to more intimately understand anatomy, appreciate my ability to explain things with ease and clarity.
At age four, I had my first teaching experience in helping my brother learn to use a straw by sucking in instead of blowing out. Later in my 20s, I taught sailing and outdoor skills, and in my 30s, martial-arts-based self-defense. My role in all these situations was to help beginners learn new skills by connecting spatial perception with body movement.
In 2006, I began assisting senior colleagues in teaching anatomy and technique classes to both intermediate and advanced manual therapists. In 2012, I began developing and teaching my own classes in nerve mobilization and dynamic fascial release. And in 2013, I joined the KMI teaching team. Since 2009, I have been writing blog-length articles about anatomy and stretching for clients and longer articles about theory and technique for colleagues.
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