For me, bodywork isn't fixing broken body parts. I believe bodywork integrates your experience of yourself as a human living on this vibrant plant. I use the body as a vehicle to transform your sense of self. (And yes, we'll "fix" that achey neck, don't worry!)
You are not a robot existing in digital, electronic and speedy world. You are an autonomous, intelligent system who continuously grows, changes and responds to the world around you. Sometimes the appropriate response to the world is indeed pain or fatigue. Honoring the need for rest, acknowledging the realness of the aches are often what transforms the pain. It can create more compassion for yourself. That's my secret goal in bodywork.
Mine is the Wounded Healer journey. I depended on receiving holistic therapies and practicing yoga to sustain myself during a high-pressure design career in the go-go 90s tech boom. But then I had a near-fatal illness which western medicine couldn't fix. Stress-induced digestive failure, coupled with tropical poisoning and heart-break met in a perfect storm. I dropped weight and my life forcewas simply seeping away. My friends noticed "you have one foot in the other world." This was true. Ultimately I would transform the illness via meditation while living in a Thai Buddhist monastery in 2000.
A Thai nun grabbed me one morning at the monastery and freaked out about my health. She said "what's wrong with you? You treat your body like a garbage bag!”. To be fair, they said that about most of us. Then she went on: “You must send metta (lovingkindness) to your body, if you do nothing else." So my 15-hours a day meditation practice was strictly that - envisioning metta into my body. As I sat in meditation under a coconut grove one afternoon, a golden ring of light overtook me. That's the best description I have. A golden donut swept over me from head to foot 3 times. Then poof, it was gone! It was over, almost before I perceived what was going on. I felt better. In the blink of an eye, my health was back. I can only explain it like this: you know when you wake up from an intense dream, but instantly forget the details. But you know that you were with a certain person. It was like that. I was better.
From the monastery I went directly north to study Thai massage in Chiang Mai. Like many Eastern healing systems, Thai massage grew from ancient studies of energy meridians. I combined that with my assisted yoga postures, which became a perfect bridge for me. Thus, I began my massage career. Returning to the U.S., I trained in western techniques: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Medicine and Myofascial Release. My deep respect goes to Art Riggs, a Certified Advanced Rolfer and my main teacher. He is a wizard. He trained us in the precision of structural integration.
My Holy Grail, my most beloved liberation is Feldenkrais. I became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2007 from a 4-year training program. Helping people regain ease, efficient and natural movement in all their life's activities is my greatest work.
I began studying Craniosacral Therapy in Bali and continue ongoing advanced studies here in California. It is my most recent exploration into stillness and internal wisdom as the ultimate healer.