I’ve explored many modalities for healing my body, mind, heart, and spirit, and I’ve experienced some remarkable chapters in my healing journey.
I believe we all have an inner healer that we can befriend and support with awareness. My inner healer was motivated to find out how relaxed I could get after trauma recovery — without using substances — and I began to explore meditation, breathwork, bodywork, and energy work.
Those experiences led me to consider a career change. I started with Reiki training. A few weeks after my training ended, I used it on a gifted healer/friend who had injured his foot and was in severe pain.
He recovered more quickly than expected and — knowing I’d been admitted to an acupuncture program — told me, “You need to get a license to touch people.” I switched to training in massage therapy. (I didn’t really want to stick needles in people anyway.)
My professional journey
I attended Lauterstein-Conway Massage School’s 500-hour program in Austin and later completed the 250-hour advanced program.
My training in craniosacral therapy started while I was still a student in 2011, and I began my training in intraoral work (instrumental in developing my TMJ Relief protocols) in 2013, not long after graduating.
I began working at massage establishments to educate my hands by working on a lot of people. I started a private practice in 2013, part-time until the last few years. I’ve also worked in hospital, office, home, spa, festival, sporting event, and hospice settings.
Now I offer sessions in my West Lake office and at West Holistic Medicine in downtown Austin. I have a New Mexico massage license where I may offer services in the summers. I teach Self-Treatment for TMJ Issues on Zoom, available from anywhere with WiFi.
I frequently volunteer at the Community Healing Circle in Austin, offering mini-sessions in Craniosacral Biodynamics in exchange for modest donations on the first Saturdays at Flow Yoga Westgate.
My healing journey
I first became interested in healing after a car wreck in 1996 left me with shock, a concussion, pelvis and low back pain, and alignment issues that Western medicine couldn’t treat.
In my search for well-being, I began learning about and receiving many different healing and bodywork modalities, including several varieties of chiropractic, Rolfing/structural integration (twice), psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, yoga therapy, physical therapy, osteopathic manual medicine, biofield tuning, constellation work, several types of massage therapy, and others.
Craniosacral work was a modality I stayed with for three years. I had no idea how it worked and would ask myself after every session how I felt different.
I felt like I was more myself, that I was somehow shedding stuck energies that I no longer needed, and that my inner essence, vitality, and well-being were growing stronger. I’d had no idea that was possible through bodywork!
I felt great after three years and went on to make some major changes in my life that better reflected the more evolved person I had become.
I’ve addressed many of my own health issues in various ways. Some of the other issues I’ve addressed successfully include diet and nutrition: reducing candida overgrowth, managing multiple food sensitivities (eliminating or minimizing them), and overcoming leaky gut syndrome.
I had a case of rosacea that disappeared once I learned to make and consume multiple fermented foods daily, thereby reducing inflammation in my system.
I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and supplementation over time. (I offer clients and others 30% off the cost of supplements by ordering online through Wellevate/Fullscript.)
I’ve done the liver-gallbladder flush under medical supervision to clear those organs of stagnant bile from past poor food choices.
My dental health is another issue I’ve addressed, reducing the depth of inflamed gum pockets into the healthy range of 1s and 2s.
I’ve worked on improving my mental, energetic, and spiritual resources through various studies and practices: yoga, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, meditation, breathwork, psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, spiritual inquiry, the Enneagram, MBTI, and lots of reading.
Health, healing, and wellness are passions of mine.
When I work with my clients to invite their nervous systems into a more relaxed, parasympathetic state, reducing anxiety and stress and increasing their own healing resources, please know that I’ve been there myself. I’ve spent significant time and effort working on trauma recovery and stress reduction, experiencing many years of post-traumatic growth.
My well-being is your well-being, and your well-being is my well-being.
You found me, and I’m interested in you.
How may I be of service?
If you’d like to connect verbally, I offer free 15-minute phone consultations that you can schedule online. I will call you at the time you choose, to listen and answer your questions so that you may proceed with good information.