Above all else, I work from a perspective of awe and respect for the intelligence of the human body. I see bodywork as facilitating this inherent body intelligence towards its capacity for regulation, comfort, and ease.
I am passionate about encouraging this regulation in the body as well as about working with each person to find the doorways in, where they can initiate and connect to this capacity independently as well. Thus, my work is more interactive than a traditional massage, and operates from a place of listening and intuitive touch first, rather than directive and aggressive massage/manipulation.
To me, pain and injury are symptoms of a greater challenge in the body. When, for example, someone has low back pain, it is most often not simply caused by a local issue, but connected to other areas of the body and to a person’s experience. Connecting these dots and bringing the body back to balance is thus necessary for shifting pain in an effectual and lasting way. Finding out how to do that is how I can help.
My sessions draw on a combination of manual therapy techniques, including CranioSacral Therapy, visceral manipulation, deep-tissue massage, and myofascial release. I am also informed by a lifetime of movement practice and somatic inquiry. Sessions offer healing relaxation (time in the parasympathetic nervous system, where our self-healing mechanisms act at their highest potential), relief from chronic pain, and tools for mindful awareness and proprioception.
I received my MFA in dance from Smith College and my Massage Therapy License through The Massage School in Easthampton, as well as completing a two year training in Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy. I have also completed trainings in visceral manipulation and neuromeningeal manipulation. In addition, I work as a choreographer, dancer and movement educator.