My conscious healing journey began with a rather ordinary childhood suddenly fractured by a tragic, traumatic loss, before PTSD had been named or understood.
Much later, a car accident, compounded by stressors such as working full time and going to grad school and raising a child, set me in earnest search for help.
I’ve explored various healing modalities and experienced some remarkable chapters in my healing journey.
I now contemplate these koans: How much better is it possible for me to feel? and How relaxed can I get and still be awake? How sensitive can my hands (and my awareness) become?
Bodywork (along with being mindful about diet, meditating, doing several movement and energy practices, and community) has been a key to healing my body, heart, mind, and spirit.
I sought and received craniosacral therapy monthly for several years from one of Austin’s most highly regarded practitioners because I thought it might help with my injuries from the car wreck. I didn’t know it could help with trauma recovery.
Unfamiliar with the subtle work, after sessions I noticed I felt calmer, with a stronger sense of myself and more equanimity. Later sessions helped me relax more deeply than I knew was even possible. I was amazed at my therapist’s sensitive palpation skills and her deep knowledge of anatomy. I felt better and better over time, with more confidence and clarity.
Recovering from the trauma is a full story on its own. That part of my healing journey included psychotherapy, journaling, dreamwork, an active hero’s journey, reconnecting, and a conviction that within each of us is an inner healer that wants to recover. (I’ve written about trauma recovery and other parts of my healing journey on my blog, The Well: bodymindheartspirit.)
My interest in bodywork led me to train in Reiki. A few weeks after my training ended, I used it on a gifted healer/friend who had injured his foot. He recovered more quickly than expected and told me, “You need to get a license to touch people.”
That was a turning point. I attended the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, graduating from the 500-hour basic program
A few months after becoming licensed, I learned about craniosacral biodynamics from a new friend and was asked, “Why aren’t you a craniosacral therapist?” Three days later, I was in training to learn this form of hands-on healing. I’ve since trained in classical craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute and others as well.
In the advanced, 250-hour program at Lauterstein-Conway, after my first Zero Balancing session, I stood up and was amazed — I felt taller, more spacious, with more ease of movement and a nice, even energy buzz flowing through my body. It was as if my unconscious habitual tension patterns had dissolved, gravity had released its constant pull, and my life force energy had been turned up. I wanted to learn how to give others that experience.
In my orthopedic massage training, also part of the advanced program, I learned what it would take for my structure to recover from the car accident, and I finally got my pelvic bones much better aligned. It took 18 months — even though the wreck had happened 20 years previously.
Meanwhile, in trainings, my private practice, and on jobs at Massage Envy, Massage Harmony, Seton Cove, Serasana, Sana Vida, retreats, offices, medical settings, and volunteering at Cureville at the Kerrville Folk Festival and at Austin’s monthly Community Healing Circle, I developed experience and expanded abilities, learning to integrate my skills to apply to each person’s needs in the moment.
I belong to the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), am a member of the International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHP), and am certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
I’ve assisted David Lauterstein (Zero Balancing) and Ryan Hallford and Christian Current (Craniosacral Biodynamics) in trainings and continue training in and learning those modalities as well as continuing my craniosacral training with the Upledger Institute and working with mentors.
I blog about wellness and use my Facebook business page and my quarterly newsletter to share news you can use about wellness.
How can we release the conditioning of the past, awaken to our essential selves, and stay awake?
Other background: I have an MS degree in Community & Regional Planning from UT/Austin and a BA in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. I’ve previously worked in publishing, government, and technology. I have a grown daughter, daughter-in-law, and a grand-daughter — so lots of life experience!
I’m a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), incorporating aspects into my life and work. I began practicing yoga in 1982, later completing yoga teacher training, and I’ve enjoyed ecstatic dancing since 1995.
I’ve done a couple of 10-day silent vipassana meditation courses. I take classes in qigong, Kundalini, Continuum, and Aikido.
In 2016, I was gifted with an invitation to share an office suite with the awesome craniosacral therapist mentioned above, Nina Davis, and with Christian Michael Current, exponentially gifted in biodynamics, which of course I accepted. In early 2018, Nina moved to a new location, and Denise Deniger (an amazing yoga therapist and biodynamicist) and Dan Knight, LAc, joined Christian and me in our office suite.
Bonus: my office looks out onto a wild scrubby Central Texas hillside. Nature TV! Connecting with nature within and without is important.
Thank you for reading this far. I hope my story has lifted your spirit and expanded your beliefs about what is possible. If you decide to come in for a session, I look forward to meeting you.