My healing journey began with a tragic traumatic loss in childhood long before anyone knew what PTSD was. A car accident in middle age, compounded by more ordinary life stressors like working full time and going to grad school while raising a daughter, set me in earnest search for help.
Over the years, I’ve explored various healing modalities and experienced some remarkable chapters in my healing journey.
I now contemplate my personal koans, How much better is it possible for me to feel? and How relaxed can I become and still be awake?
Bodywork (along with changing my diet and taking up meditation and movement practices) has been key to healing my body, heart, mind, and spirit.
I sought and received craniosacral therapy monthly 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 I felt calmer, with a stronger sense of myself and more equanimity, that grew after each session. Later sessions helped me relax more deeply than I knew was even possible. I was amazed at my therapist’s palpation skills and her knowledge of anatomy, and I felt better and better over time, with more confidence and clarity.
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.”
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 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 trained in classical craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute 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 energy buzz flowing through my body. It was as if my unconscious habitual tension patterns had dissolved, gravity had lessened, and my life force energy had been turned up. I wanted to give others that experience.
In orthopedic massage training, I learned which tissues were still injured from the car accident, understood what it would take to recover, and did. It took 18 months.
Meanwhile, in trainings, my private practice, and on jobs at Massage Envy, Massage Harmony, Seton Cove, retreats, trainings, offices, medical settings, sports events, a chiropractic office, Cureville at the Kerrville Folk Festival, I developed hands-on healing abilities, integrating my skills to apply to each person’s needs in the current session.
I belong to the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and am board certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
I’ve assisted David Lauterstein (Zero Balancing) and Ryan Hallford (Craniosacral Biodynamics) in trainings and am in the process of becoming certified in those modalities as well as continuing my craniosacral training with the Upledger Institute.
I blog about wellness and use my Facebook business page and my quarterly newsletter to share interesting articles on wellness. I’ve long been interested in wellness, trauma recovery, movement, and meditation.
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 previously worked in publishing, government, and technology. I have a grown daughter and a grand-daughter — so lots of life experience!
I’m a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), incorporating some aspects of modern shamanism into my life and work. I began practicing yoga in 1982, later completing yoga teacher training. I’ve enjoyed ecstatic dancing since 1995.
I’ve taken a couple of 10-day silent vipassana meditation courses. I also take classes in qigong, Continuum, and Aikido.
In 2016, I was invited to share an office suite with the biodynamic craniosacral therapist mentioned above, Nina Davis, and with Christian Michael Current, also exponentially gifted in biodynamics. In early 2018, Nina moved to a new location, and Denise Deniger (yoga therapist and biodynamicist) joined Christian and me in our office suite.
Bonus: my office looks out onto a wild scrubby Central Texas hillside. Connecting with nature (internal and external) is important.