I developed chronic pain as a pre-teen and struggled with it for decades, through mis-diagnoses and many treatments that offered only temporary relief. In 2015 I was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease and began regaining my health. This journey sparked an interest in holistic healing and spiritual growth. I developed a passion for techniques that support the body in healing itself and in relieving chronic pain. My bodywork style is a unique blend focused on increased mobility, relaxation and client education.
I believe that through taking the time to heal myself, I am influencing the entire world. This belief forms the foundation of my healing practice. When I receive regular bodywork and take the time to be still, I am more grounded and calm, better able to live a heart-centered life. This allows me to impact others in a positive way and to live in greater appreciation of our beautiful world. It is my intention to hold space for you as you explore your healing journey.
Education and Certification
I am licensed massage therapist working in Grand Rapids, MI. Since graduating from the Michigan Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences in 2008, I have attained more than 400 hours of continuing education through several well known institutions. I studied Trigger Point Massage with Amber Davies , CranioSacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release through The Upledger Institute, MyoFascial Release through John F. Barnes MyoFascial Release Approach and Vodder-Style Manual Lymph Drainage through The MLD Institute Int'l.
I opened A Healing Touch in 2010 and in 2018 I welcomed two other therapists to work with me, Amanda Frary and Rena Dam. You can learn more about them here
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, certified in Yoga Tune-Up and Mindful Vinyasa instruction.
I am in the process of attaining my personal training certification through the International Sports Sciences Association.
Professional and Versatile
I have had the honor of seeing many people for their first bodywork session. It is my intention to create a safe, open atmosphere so that you receive what it is you are seeking.
Clients privately disrobe to their comfort level, or change into appropriate clothing for the selected treatment (such as a bathing suit for MyoFascial Release). You may bring your own music on an i-pod to listen to during the session, or listen to the music that I provide. I want you to be comfortable.