Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher
“I am passionate about helping people restore and maintain balance in their lives. I enjoy teaching them more about their bodies, the benefits of healthy movement and everyday mindfulness. I strive to create a comfortable, safe and nurturing environment as a yoga teacher and as a massage therapist.”
I enjoy teaching alignment based Vinyasa, Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga. The calming effects of breathwork and meditation are a central focus of my Yoga teaching. My classes integrate over 25 years of movement experience including my background as a Licensed Massage Therapist and in Dance, Somatic Movement, Pilates and Fitness. I received my primary Yoga training between 1996-1999 under the mentorship of Rodney Yee at The Piedmont Yoga Studio. While living in Northern California for 17 years I had the opportunity to study with many senior Yoga teachers in a variety of traditions. I hold an additional 500 hour certification with The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute under the mentorship of Beryl Bender Birch. In addition, I am a faculty member with The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institutes teacher training at Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow, MA.
As a Massage Therapist, I incorporate a wide variety of techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, energy and breath work, cupping and a specialized 200 hour training in Orthopedic Massage and Manual Therapy with Dr. Thomas Hendrickson D.C.
This technique is a combination of Joint Mobilization, Muscle Energy Technique (active gentle resistance which addresses the nervous system by promoting the rehabilitation of malfunctioning nerves) and Wave Mobilization Technique which uses internal energy or “chi” to mobilize soft tissue and is deeply relaxing. The combination of these three techniques is helpful in the treatment of both Acute and Chronic joint problems. I have found this particular technique helps restore function, improves normal movement patterns and alleviates pain and discomfort.
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