My conscious healing journey began with an ordinary childhood suddenly fractured by a tragic, traumatic loss, before PTSD had been named or understood.
Later, a car accident, compounded by stressors such as working full time and going to grad school while raising a child, set me off into an earnest search for help. Since then, I’ve explored various healing modalities and experienced some remarkable chapters in my healing journey.
Bodywork (along with being mindful about diet, meditation, movement, and community) has been key in healing my body, mind, heart, and spirit, and I continue to attend workshops, seminars, and classes to improve my skills and abilities.
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 also help with trauma recovery. Unfamiliar with the subtle work, I noticed that I felt calmer, with a stronger sense of myself and more equanimity. Later sessions helped me relax more deeply than I knew was possible. I was amazed at my therapist’s palpation skills and her deep knowledge of anatomy. I felt stronger and more whole over time, with more confidence and clarity.
Recovering from trauma is a story unto itself. That part of my healing journey also included psychotherapy, journaling, dreamwork, reading, and a strong experience that within me dwells an inner healer that wants us to get well.
My experience with 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 he had expected and told me, “You need to get a license to touch people.”
I then attended the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, graduating from the 500-hour program.
A few months after becoming licensed, I learned about craniosacral biodynamics and was asked, “Why aren’t you a craniosacral therapist?” Three days later, I was in a training. I’ve continued my training in biodynamics and have also trained in classical craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute.
My first craniosacral teacher also taught me how to do intra-oral work, beginning in 2013. After that first class, I brought my new skills back to my office to practice on my massage clients with TMJ issues. They experienced such a dramatic transformation — reduced tension and pain, a better bite, more range of motion — that I was hooked on letting people with jaw pain know that manual therapy can make a big difference and offering that therapy. Since then I’ve learned from four other teachers, done hundreds of sessions, and developed my signature TMJ Relief Program.
While taking the advanced, 250-hour massage 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 energy buzz flowing through my body. It was as if my habitual tension patterns had dissolved, gravity had released its constant pull, and my life force energy had been amplified. I wanted to give others that experience.
In the orthopedic massage part of the advanced program, I learned what it would take for my structure to fully recover from that old car accident, and I finally got my pelvic bones much better aligned.
Meanwhile, in trainings, in my private practice, on previous jobs at Massage Envy, Massage Harmony, Seton Cove, Serasana, Sana Vida, at retreats, offices, medical settings, and volunteering at Cureville at the Kerrville Folk Festival and at Austin’s Community Healing Circle, I’ve gained experience and expanded my abilities, learning to integrate my skills to apply to each person’s needs in the moment.
I have a great network of health care providers for referrals. I’m a co-administrator of the Austin Wellness Entrepreneurs – South chapter and a member of the Austin Wellness Collaborative. I belong to the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), am a member of the International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHP), and am board certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
How can we release the conditioning of the past, awaken to our essential selves, and stay awake?
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). I began practicing yoga in 1982, later undertook yoga teacher training and taught restorative classes, and I’ve enjoyed ecstatic dancing since 1995. I’ve done a couple of 10-day silent vipassana meditation courses and consider meditation a mainstay of my life.
Thank you for reading this far. I hope my story has lifted your spirit and expanded your beliefs about what is possible.
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