I may see you on the C & O canal, as I go cycling there often…one of the things that keeps me happy and healthy. I enjoy organic gardening and the fruits of that labor, good food! The health of the environment is one of my highest priorities, as without a healthy environment, we wouldn’t have the diversity of medicinal plants that take care of us, nor the beauty to regenerate our souls. Nurturing community, and appreciating the richness of diversity are also core values for me. These are some of the values I embody when providing pregnancy massage, and care for your family.
My training and experiences create a unique synergy of skills that support resolution of many of the health challenges you are facing: In early 2016 I completed an 3-year Early Developmental and Perinatal Education program facilitated by Myrna Martin, that focused on calming the nervous system through healing insecure attachment with primary caregivers. The training included creating a safe container for couples dynamics. “Finding Resiliency in Early Trauma Patterns”, facilitated by Patti Elledge, SE, given me deeper understanding into a particular aspect of the nervous system.
Nutrition has become much more sophisticated in the last ten years. I studied balancing hormones with food in Magdalena Wszelaki’s online course, Cooking for Balance. And I continue to research the interrelatedness of the neuroendocrine system, microbiome and epigenetics.
As a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist, I have advanced training in birth dynamics and internal organ motility. My skills provide a gentle, yet profound touch that enables your nervous system to settle, lowering cortisol levels, and often provides permanent improvements to the musculoskeletal, neuroendocrine and digestive systems. It is gentle enough for newborns with colic, nursing challenges and torticolis. This training was enhanced by a workshop on “Working with Babies” (and their mom’s), facilitated by John Chitty.
Beginning in 2001 through 2006 I apprenticed with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, and became certified in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy*. This modality supports restoration of hormonal and musculoskeletal integrity through manual therapy, herbal therapies, and non-religious spiritual awareness. I am also a former instructor for the Arvigo Institute, and was a presenter at the 2006 conference.
Prior to focusing on neuroendocrine and digestive health, I apprenticed with Kathleen Maier,Theresa Boardwine and Claudia Wingo, in 2000-2001, at Dreamtime Center for Herbal Studies, and through distance learning with Rosemary Gladstar. At Dreamtime I created specific essential oil blends, and in the second year apprenticed weekly at the free clinic. I also expanded my knowledge of plants through training in Plant Spirit Medicine with Stephen Harrod Buhner.
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1992, and studied in Santa Fe, NM
at the New Mexico School of Massage, one of the top ten massage schools in
the country at the time. I achieved a Master of Arts in 1985.
Experiences that have directly and indirectly shaped my orientation to healing include having been a significant caregiver to three younger siblings; benefited through earning scholarships toward both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. I have also have eleven years experience in publication design, and also as a volunteer Sunday school teacher, and by teaching advertising design at Montgomery County Community College. I volunteered as Vice President and Program Chair for the Washington Society for Jungian Psychology, 1989-1991, and Acting Administrative Director for the C. G. Jung Institute of New Mexico, 1991-1992.
In 1993 I attended a year-long course called PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills). I’ve been self-employed since 1988, with 25 years in private practice.
I’ve provided approximately 10, 400 sessions to hundreds, perhaps thousands of clients. And I’ve taught Belede dance from 1996 through 2006, and have been a student of yoga and meditation since 1988, and of Pilates and Gyrotonics since 2000.
Relevant Personal Details
I have personal experience dealing with battling obesity, hypothyroidism, pre-diabetic conditions, managing menopausal symptoms, and traumatic brain injury. I am a survivor of domestic violence and two rapes.
Additionally, as a survivor of a traumatic birth, and daughter of a Jewish mother with brain damage, and a Catholic, immigrant, alcoholic father, both without a high school education, I had a precarious beginning. Financial stresses were constant, threat of violence and rage ever present.
Young adulthood also had many stresses, which resulted in divorce and depression. I sought out help, and found a great, loving therapist, Anne, to whom I will be forever grateful.
Later I sought out body oriented psychotherapy. I engaged yoga, dance, mediation, movement therapies, and more in my healing process. The experiences transformed my life personally and professionally.
Knowing the pain generations of family/cultural and societal dysfunctions perpetrated, I am impassioned about sharing with others, the healing and understanding that is available to create a meaningful, empowered life.