Education and Philosophy
I received my first Reiki training in 1995, and have been a practicing massage therapist since 1999. I am state licensed and board certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
I attended the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I completed an intensive 750-hour program. My course of study included various forms of massage, energy work, ethics, and naturopathic philosophy. I practiced massage in a number of professional environments in the Philadelphia area before opening my own practice there in 2004. I have received additional training in the field of cancer massage through the Oregon School of Massage in Portland, Oregon; am a Reiki Master; and have been a guest lecturer on the topics of massage and energy work at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2012, I realized that women who had been impacted by trauma of one kind or another had gradually become a significant portion of my client base. I decided to pursue training specific to treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and in June of 2014, I completed a one hundred-hour certification in Trauma Touch Therapy (TTT). An offshoot of the somatic psychotherapy movement that originated in Boulder, Colorado, TTT addresses the ways in which stress and trauma are held in the body, and assists clients in releasing it. From that point forward, working with women recovering from trauma became the primary focus of my practice, and remained so until I closed my business in 2016 in order to relocate to Guilford, CT.
My massage practice reflects my passion for assisting clients on their path to healing, and for strengthening the connection between mind, body, and spirit. I have a thorough academic and practical knowledge of anatomy; I also possess an intuitive understanding of the musculoskeletal and chakra systems, and the ways in which they are impacted by stress, injury, and trauma. I strive to be balanced and flexible in my approach to treatment, and to serve my clients from a place of compassion, non-judgment, and understanding. I feel that my clients know their bodies best, and treat them according to their wishes and specific needs. I am an attentive listener, and find joy in the long-term professional relationships I have established with many of my clients. Much of my work is also grounded in my own life experiences with physical injury, emotional healing, and spiritual growth.
I hold a B.A. in liberal studies from Arcadia University, and am currently pursuing a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University.