My conscious healing journey began with a rather 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 and 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.
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, meditation, movement and energy practices, and community) has been key in healing my body, mind, heart, 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 also help with trauma recovery. Unfamiliar with the subtle work, I noticed early on that 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 trauma is a full story on its own. That part of my healing journey included psychotherapy, journaling, dreamwork, reading, and a conviction that within each of us is an inner healer that wants us to recover. (I’ve written about trauma recovery and other parts of my healing journey on my blog.)
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 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. 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 energy buzz flowing through my body. It was as if my habitual tension patterns had dissolved, gravity had released some of its constant pull, and my life force energy had been amplified. I wanted to give others that experience.
In my orthopedic massage training, 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. (See my blog for more on this.)
Meanwhile, in trainings, in 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 gained experience and expanded my 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’m also a co-administrator of the Austin Wellness Entrepreneurs – South chapter and a member of the Austin Wellness Collaborative.
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), incorporating aspects into my life and work. I began practicing yoga in 1982, later took yoga teacher training, and I’ve enjoyed ecstatic dancing since 1995. I’ve done a couple of 10-day silent vipassana meditation courses.
I’ve been in my office, which looks out onto a wild scrubby Central Texas hillside, since August 2016, and before that was near 12th and Shoal Creek.
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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