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My pleasure and interest in movement has led me to many different studies of the body: from the purely structural, to emotional and energetic interplay, to the embodiment of the imagination.

I have been dancing since I was a little one, however the awareness of how I move was first sparked by studying the alignment-focused Alexander Technique with June Ekman and Judith Gradowitz. My studies of healthy alignment and movement patterns continued at the Kelly Cane Core Integration School, where I became a certified Pilates instructor. Drawn to the fluid, dance-like movement of the Gyrotonic Expansion System, I became a certified instructor a few years later. Gyrotonic teachers Maria Holm and Young-Ah Kim both greatly deepened my understanding of how bodies move and what is possible. Along the way, I also studied T'ai Chi with Maggie Newman, modern dance, ballet with Christine Wright and anatomy with Irene Dowd.

I also dove into the practice of Continuum Movement with Mary Abrams, which brought me into a deep internal sensory awareness. Both Mary and Continuum Montage teacher Susan Harper were instrumental in opening up the somatic world to me: Mary through Continuum, All about Attention and explorations of affect theory; Susan through Heart of Belonging, Perceptual Body and Body of Relating.*

After a few years of teaching, I felt deeply compelled to perform bodywork. I began by certifying in Polarity Therapy with Ellen Krueger at the Soma-Psyche Insitute in 2006. As part of this training, I took part in Somatic Intuition classes with Ron D'Angelo. These classes helped me to tune into my intuition and dialogue with clients, which became invaluable and essential tools for my work. I then followed with Reiki certifications with Robert Volinksy and a New York State massage license in 2015.

These days I enjoy taking conscious dance classes, such as Soul Motion and 5 Rhythms, and yoga. I continually study new bodywork techniques. My studies and explorations of movement and the body are constantly unfolding, and I look forward to sharing all of them with you. 

* 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