I became a certified massage therapist in 1993, and completed my certificate with graduation for the National Holistic Institute in 1994. However, truth be told, I’ve been a bodyworker since age 5 when I used to walk on my grandfather’s back after a day’s work at the steel mill of Pueblo, CO. He loved how I “just knew” where to dig my heel into his sore muscles. I had the ability to remain balanced standing on his back for long periods of time, chasing away his pain and literally stomping it out.
When I was in high school I became a gymnast and springboard diver which led to an athletic scholarship for diving at BYU. While an athlete, it was common for my teammates and me to work on each other to relieve the soreness from our pains and injury. Little did I know that this innate talent and my childhood desire to become a “master of healing” would someday come together.
My college athletic career ended after 2 years, due to injuries. I then went to New York City to become a flight attendant for 8 years. Although I loved the lifestyle and travel that being a flight attendant afforded me, I was still not feeling fulfilled. Then I experienced my first professional Sports massage in 1992 and I was hooked! I knew what I wanted to do–to give this feeling of balance, peace, and wellness to others. Next stop: massage therapy school.
The month prior to attending massage school in 1992, I read a terrific book called, Where Healing Waters Meet, by Clyde Ford. In his book, Clyde discussed how human bodies stored trauma, which then manifested as muscular dysfunction and pain. This concept spoke to me, I intuitively knew it to be true. Later I would have several of my own personal experiences confirming the truth: bodywork IS a form of deep healing for emotional, mental, physical, and/or spiritual distress presenting as physical ailment.
I would spend the next several years looking for a way to tap into the energy system aspect of bodywork, yet trying to be more western-styled in my private massage therapy practice. I constantly sought classes and education to give me a few more tools–took a myofascial class here, a myoskeletal class there; I even became a Reiki master and a Watsu practitioner. I had several spiritual experiences along the way with the work I was receiving and giving in those other modalities, and these experiences released many areas of physical and emotional discomfort in my psyche and body.
Then 2016 I had my first Traditional Thai bodywork class and I was home! I rediscovered the same feeling I had in 1992–the calling to do bodywork, but this time for Traditional Thai bodywork. Over the next year, I completed my certification training in Wheatridge, Colorado. Then in 2017, I traveled to Thailand for additional training and a deeper understanding of Thai Medical Theory; which is a cousin to both Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine.
Traditional Thai bodywork has connected all the dots for my life’s journey: to reveal clarity and inner knowing on how to facilitate a person’s innate energetic system to be effective in their ability to thrive and be healthy.
I love being a bodyworker, and the peace and calm I bring to my clients. I look to working with you.