Massage and Bodywork is the profession I have been practicing since 1996. Originally I got into Massage as a way to support myself while I worked on my art (at the time I was painting). I also wanted to learn more about the body, believing it would help me create better art.
Over the years I became more and more fascinated with how the body works and sought out ways to learn more while working on as many people as possible to practice and become better at the craft of Bodywork. At the same time the focus of “making a living” shoved its way to the foreground and slowly my artwork time became non-existent aka abandoned.
I love being a Masseuse because in the moments of a 60 – 120 minute session I am able to allow a space for someone to relax deeply to exist. In the world we live in today these moments of deep relaxation without any interruption are extremely rare and invaluable, we need more of these moments.
The following is a list of some of my formal education (I’m a class junkie so there are more I just didn’t list them all). I’m currently taking an on-line Yoga Anatomy course with Leslie Kaminoff which I highly recommend to anyone with a human body and access to a computer.
Professional bodyworker since 1996
Institute of Psycho-Structural Balance Los Angeles, CA
ACE Massage Cupping™
Anita Shannon, Developer
Randy Heaps Instructor
Certified Rolf Practitioner of the Dr. Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration
Guild for Structural Integration Sao Paolo, Brazil & Kauai, HI
Emmett Hutchins, Jeff Linn and Nilce Silvera
Practitioner of Integrated Ear/Hand and Foot Reflexology
Bill Flocco, American Academy of Reflexology Los Angeles, CA
3 week Integral Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Course
Gil Hedley, Newark NJ
Corrective Exercise Specialist CES
Certified by NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine
Master Practitioner of Usui Reiki
Kathleen Armstrong, Los Angeles, CA
Pre and Perinatal Massage Therapy Certification
Carol Osborne, Body Therapy Associates, San Diego, CA
Thai Massage Therapist Certification
Chongol Setacorn, ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand
La Stone Therapist Certification Boulder, CO
Level I Lomi Lomi certification
Dr. Maka’ala Yates, Kauai, HI
Level I CraioSacral certification
Lisa Desrochers, The Upledger Istitute, Orange County, CA
Level II CraioSacral certification
Karen Axelrod, The Upledger Istitute, Los Angeles, CA
Four Handed Structural Integration Training
Emmett Hutchins, Guild for Structural Integration, Kauai, HI
MyoSkeletal Alignment Therapy Training with Erik Dalton
Freedom From Pain Institute, OK City, Oklahoma
Lymphatic Gua Sha Certification with Judy Taylor
Orthopedic Massage Workshop with James Wasalaski
Member Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
Nationally Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
Licensed Massage Therapist by the state of Hawaii and California State Certified.
Graduate from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art 1991