I see injury as the body’s inability to fully absorb life’s stresses. Although such stresses may seem isolated – like a broken bone or pulled tendon – the factors that predispose us to injury, as well as the long-term effects that injuries can have, are not reducible to a single muscle or joint. A body is the sum total of complex relationships between complex systems: healing from and preventing injury requires an understanding of these complexities from as many angles as possible. That’s where I come in.
I have been interested in bodywork and movement studies since an early age. As a child I was an avid martial artist and athlete, practicing karate, wrestling, aikido, soccer, and hockey. When at age 17 I was told by a doctor that a knee injury was so severe I would never run or play sports again, it galvanized me to formally study rehab and so that I would be able to heal myself. Later, while attending Physical Therapy school at Northeastern University, I met an influential teacher of Chinese martial arts and somatics that would change my way of thinking forever. I became fascinated with the intersection of traditional embodiment practices and current Western scientific research. I am passionate about fusing these traditional and current approaches, both for my own life and in my work with others.
Ultimately, the most important part of my work is helping my clients develop empowered relationships to their bodies. It’s no secret that our hectic modern lifestyles put our bodies under stress, and unless we plan on dropping out of civilization altogether, we need strategies to keep our bodies healthy and grounded in our current context. I see myself as a collaborator with my clients, working with them to situate their healing strategies around the demands of their individual lives. In this way, my clients deepen their knowledge and intuition of their own bodies, developing skills they can continue to cultivate and use to keep themselves well outside of my practice.