I was raised in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico. After exploring the world for several years, I began studying Ayurvedic Herbal and Chinese Herbal Medicine with the East West School of Planetary Herbology in Santa Cruz, CA in 2010. Since then, my heart has planted it's roots in Maryland: I started a family, and my dream of becoming a person of service through massage, bodywork, and yoga has come to fruition.
I am a Nationally Certified Maryland State Registered Massage Practitioner and a member of the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. I graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage in 2014 with over 750 hours of education and hands-on practice. While studying at CMSM, I received in-depth training in many styles including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, sports, and palliative massage. Since graduating, I have continued my education by receiving two separate certifications in the dynamic practice of Thai Yoga Massage, trained for hospice work with JSSA, and am certified in CPR and basic life support.
I have an intuitive touch and combine different massage modalities and techniques into every session in order to make it the perfect restorative massage for each client. I regularly draw from Thai Yoga Massage during sessions to incorporate stretching, deep breathing, and meditation. I may also add a hot stone or aromatherapy oil in the mix to help alleviate sore or aching muscles. I work with people that vary in age and ability, every one unique. What works for some, may not work for others, and even that can change day to day. Part of my commitment to client-centered care is inviting YOU to be an integral part of your own wellness program.
I am a member of Yoga Alliance and studied yoga with Daniel Hickman, graduating from the Multidisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training in 2017. I received over 300 hours of training in asana (movement), meditation, pranayama (breath control), and did extensive study in the Yoga Sutras, Tao Te Ching, and Dhammapada. As a teacher, I incorporate Yogic, Buddhist, Taoist, and scientific thought alongside asana, meditation, and humor to create a well-rounded yoga experience. I believe everyone regardless of ability, age, or circumstance can benefit from a multifaceted yoga practice.
When I'm not practicing massage or downward dog, I can be found stargazing with my daughter and husband, cooking, traveling deep into the desert, and manipulating fire with my fire dance troupe Pyrophoric.