BFA, CMT, AOS, CCMT, NCTMB
My mission: to provide an opportunity for people and animals to access their evolving physical body and spirit.
My approach is to combine everything in my tool-belt to provide what a body needs at that time. Each session is individualized to work with each client’s needs, based on my belief in the importance of approaching a body as a whole being in the present moment, rather than ascribing to the pre-determined format of a particular discipline. My work blends massage, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, Shiatsu and Evolutionary CranioSacral Therapy.
Mammal Bodywork began in 2011 with a vision for elevating the level of healing and wellness experienced by all living beings. This ambitious goal has guided my path through various related experiences: years studying and performing dance; periods of injury, surgeries and recovery; working with animals as a Rehabilitation Assistant at HydroPaws in Santa Barbara; enrollment at Boulder College of Massage Therapy. All of these experiences have led me to create the vision for Mammal - a bodywork practice for humans and animals alike.
I have approximately 1500 hours of training from Boulder College of Massage Therapy, where I graduated with honors in 2011.
Established in 1975, BCMT is the second oldest massage therapy school in the country. It has been instrumental in the development of the massage therapy field in the United States, and has been referred to as “The Harvard of Massage Therapy” by the Denver Post. Through this program, I received advanced certificates in Prenatal, Postpartum & Labor Massage, Zen Shiatsu and Canine Massage. In 2011, I became Nationally Certified by the Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I also graduated with an Associates of Occupational Studies Degree in 2012 with honors. This led me to study Evolutionary CranioSacral Therapy, based in Cranial Osteopathy and Chinese Medicine.
Additionally, my work in massage is heavily influenced by a lifetime dedication to dance and bodily awareness.
I have studied dance for over 30 years, receiving a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Since then, I have worked and performed with Shapiro & Smith Dance, Black Label Movement and Maggie Bergeron & Company. My experience with this physical art form has deeply influenced and informed my understanding of the human body; anatomically as well as energetically. I combine my physical and spiritual intuition with a keen awareness of space, weight and body mechanics. Nothing I do is on the surface level.
Degrees and Professional Certifications:
- BFA: Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Dance. University of Minnesota
- CMT: Certified Massage Therapist
- AOS: Associates of Occupational Studies
- CCMT: Certified Canine Massage Therapist
- NCTMB: Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork