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. But then I was 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 emerge from that pit and fully regain my health. In fact, I emerged with a new level of physical and mental vitality. From this healing process I learned three important principles that are also fundamental to my healing practice:
Self-Nurturance. I learned that I needed nourishment for all aspects of my life, not just dietary (which 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–creating a vital pathway of healing.
Communion with Nature and Spirit. As I opened myself to the channels of my imagination, I felt the support of Spirit surrounding me. I believe Spirit is what helps feed me when I work intuitively with my clients. Spirit, of course, is very much alive in Nature and provides me much nourishment as well as many lessons about the nature of being.
Foundational to these three principles is attentive holistic listening: what needs attention and what kind of care does it need? It is in this act of attentive, perceptual awareness 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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