I am originally from Chicago, half Native American, half Swedish and a mother of 2 grown daughters. I love all types of physical fitness. I survived a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, but suffered physical limitations from neck pain and migraine headaches, which altered my life. Chiropractic care was not sufficient. After relocating to Washington in 2002 with my new husband, my chiropractor suggested I try massage. My life completely changed after receiving 20 massages in a 3-month period! I went from limiting chronic pain to living relatively pain free naturally! My massage therapist encouraged me to become a body worker as I really know the body, have experienced the life-changing effects of massage, and am highly intuitive.
I aspired to be an artist, studied interior design and architecture, yet along the way I became a medical transcriptionist so I could work at home when raising my girls. Feeling unfulfilled and confined to a desk, that is where I was stuck until I took my foot off the brake. Finally following my mentor’s advice, in 2010 I studied massage and bodywork at the Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Today, I am going on 6 years as a licensed massage therapist. I moved back to beautiful Washington State November 2015. My hobbies are natural health, working out, hiking, cooking, and I make unique necklaces with healing stones for healers.
I have experienced many different types of body work and natural therapies as I believe healing is a journey not an event. At this point, I feel myofascial release and craniosacral-type work have the deepest effects that last the longest. I study these under John F. Barnes. I also have found great benefit from acupuncture, which activates the myofascial system. Massage and bodywork are my art, which I scientifically study as well. I customize each session with a blend of techniques using Swedish, trigger point search and deactivation with medium firm to deep pressure, sports, acupressure points, and reflexology. I do facial rejuvenation massage along with craniofacial massage. I also offer essential oils that can aid in the relaxation process.
I believe in taking health seriously and being responsible by striving to live more consciously. I believe “you can only take your clients as far as you have gone yourself” and “the key to healing is feeling” to quote two phrases by John F. Barnes. When we know better we do better. Massage helps to improve health and well being in extraordinary ways. I am so excited to be a part of the family here at Breathe Yoga and Massage and to be able to offer massage and bodywork here in Vancouver to help others relax and let healing happen!