About the Practitioner
My path to becoming a bodyworker focused on holistic healing began in childhood through regular visits to naturopaths, naprapathic and chiropractic doctors. In junior high I became interested in living a healthier lifestyle and in being a better steward of the world around me. In high school I became interested in helping other people through their emotional and spiritual struggles. A variety of career paths led me to the doors of the Michigan Institute for Healing Arts and Sciences in August of 2007. I had explored a variety of healing modalities over the previous 7 years and I abruptly knew that it was the right time and place for me to study massage therapy.
My Healing Philosophy
I have come to believe that all physical discomfort has an emotional component and that all emotional discomfort has a physical connection. I believe that stress is the number one cause of disease. I believe that through feeling separate and disconnected from one another, the natural world, the divine, and from ourselves, we experience pain. These feelings of separation can cause unexplained, chronic, physical pain.
In pursuit of my own connectedness, I participate in a program created by local author David Mutchler called "Beyond the Ego, Awaken to Spirit" (now Living Peace with Beth Beau) and am very involved with Women of the Heart, a spiritual study group that I joined at its inception in 2004.
My bodywork is done with the intention of assisting you to be more in touch with yourself and the divine. We can store trauma and emotions within our tissues and certain modalities can better assist your body in releasing them. Both CranioSacral Therapy and MyoFascial Release have an aspect of this emotional release within them.
My husband and I live within our means. This allows me to create a balanced life in regards to my healing practice. I see up to 15 clients each week. Capping my service hours this way allows me time to cook healthy meals, work out regularly, continue my education through self-study and pursue my personal growth and spiritual development. When I am with you, it is my intention to be present and focused on your healing journey. By owning the business, I am able to earn the money I need through seeing a smaller client base. This allows me to be more refreshed and energized when I see you. It also allows me to schedule enough time to answer your questions and not rush through your appointment.
Education and Certification
In February 2013 the State of Michigan finally released the paperwork for massage therapists to apply for licensing. I am in the process of applying for my license. I will be grandfathered into the program because of my massage education and years of membership with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. I rejoice with my colleagues around the state in this process that adds safety and legitimacy to our profession.
I am a Certified Massage and CranioSacral Therapist working in Grand Rapids, MI. I graduated from the Michigan Institute for Healing Arts and Sciences where I studied Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone Massage, Relaxation Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reflexlogy and Xi Cleft. I have also studied Trigger Point Massage, Reiki, Esoteric healing, La Ho Chi, Acutonic Chakra Balancing ,Upledger CranioSacral Therapy and John Barnes MyoFascial Release .
The Upledger Institute is a top educator in the field of CranioSacral Therapy. Through them, I have over 100 classrom hours in the field of CranioSacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release, including SomatoEmotional Release levels I & II and Applying Acupuncture Principals to CranioSacral Therapy. I have also taken the level one Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy course and do 30 minute sessions with children.
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. 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.
My school taught that massage is not supposed to hurt. I will adjust my pressure according to your needs. If you want deep tissue work, then I will dig in. If you want a relaxation experience, I will play soothing music, refrain from speaking and let you drift away.