My journey of healing has come from a joy of moving and desire to feel good in my body, psyche and spirit. Early on while I was pursuing a professional dance career I discovered how profoundly numb I was to my own body. By great serendipity, I was brought to the gentle movement and awareness practice of Continuum Movement. This initiated a softening and shedding of accumulated years of guarding. I began to feel and comprehend myself more. As I learned to trust my own sensations, I increasingly experienced and related to my physical and emotional self and my environment through a felt experience rather than solely through my intellect. Somatic,* perceptual and intuition classes helped me deepen my relational skills, my understanding of emotion and affect, and increased my trust in my own sensibility.
By my mid-30's, I had come a long way from being the physically and emotionally numbed person I once was. However, I was then hit by a massive disruption that sent me into even deeper layers of self-discovery and healing. One day after dance class my legs cramped up so severely that I could barely stand or walk. No one knew exactly what was happening. While the pain eventually went away, I remained extremely weak throughout my body. Just a few weeks prior I had been dancing four times a week. Now I barely had the energy to get from work to home. Within that same year I was attacked by several teenagers and had to move out of my home due to a terrible bed bug infestation. While I retained some sense of humor as I doggedly went through my days, I was most often in a deep pit of depression.
All together it took six years with the help of many healing friends and allies to fully regain my health—in fact I emerged with a high level of physical and mental vitality that I had not experienced since I was a young child. From this healing journey I learned three important principles that are fundamental to my healing practice:
Nourishment for the Body, Mind and Soul I learned that I needed nourishment for all aspects of my life, not just dietary (one of the reasons my body had crashed). To nourish my body and psyche daily is an absolute necessity and I fiercely advocate nourishment for everyone I know.
The Healing Power of Imagination I freed my imagination from the fetters of strict rational thinking, re-discovering an imagination that once thrived when I was a child. I imagined characters, settings and scenarios that bolstered and nourished me–and created a vital pathway for my healing. Providing guided imagery to my clients is essential to my work: it is by thinking about, feeling into and embodying these images that clients receive medicine for their well being.
Communion with Nature and Spirit As I opened myself to the channels of my imagination, I felt the support of Spirit surrounding me. Spirit, of course, is very much alive in all of nature. Communion with nature provides me great nourishment and many lessons about life and living. It is Spirit that supports and works with me at all times when I am with my clients.
Foundational to my healing journey and practice is attentive holistic listening: what needs attention and what kind of care does it need? It is in this act of sensitive awareness to our whole body and being where healing begins.
* According to The Center for Somatic Studies, "soma is a living process by which our bodily sensations, movements, perceptions, emotions and thoughts form a whole of experience."
Licenses & Certifications
Licensed Massage Therapist, 2015
Reiki Level I & II, 2012
Polarity Therapy, 2006
GYROTONIC® Instructor, 2005
Pilates Instructor, 2001
Studies & Practices
Somatic Movement & Dialogue
Continuum Movement and Embodiment Practices with Mary Abrams, Susan Harper (Heart of Belonging, Perceptual Body and Body of Relating) and Emilie Conrad; Embodied Enquiry and Transformative Dance with Zuza Engler; Somatic Intuition with Ron D'Angelo, Ellen Krueger and Dana Forbes at the Soma-Psyche Institute; Conscious Dance classes in Soul Motion, 5 Rhythms and Movement Medicine.
Shamanic, Spiritual Healing
Polarity Therapy at the Soma-Psyche Institute; Reiki with Robert Volinsky; Swedish Massage, Connective Tissue Therapy and Shiatsu at the Fingerlakes School of Massage; Ortho-Bionomy with Rosa Rodriguez and Gary Lee Williams.
Alexander Technique with June Ekman and Judith Gradowitz; Gyrotonic Expansion System with Maria Holm and Young-Ah Kim; Pilates at the Kelly Cane Core Integration School; T'ai Chi with Maggie Newman; Modern Dance with various NYC teachers; Ballet with Christine Wright and Zvi Gotheiner; Yoga at Now:Yoga at Shala Yoga; Anatomy with Irene Dowd.
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