Most important to me is experiencing life fully through travel, connecting with people, with cultures, the outdoors and truly getting a sense of different environments and ways of being.
Drawing from my life experiences, all my adventures, forms who I’ve become and what I offer in my work.... how I offer my work. In having different experiences all over the world brings a level of compassion because you get begin to understand oneness, you see the common thread of sincerity, caring, warmth, and vulnerability.
In my work, in the things I get to learn, it affects me first and takes me to a deeper level in my personal growth. So when I work with people I have a deep level of compassion for them because I’ve had to experience it for myself. What fulfills me in the work I do is holding the space for people to transform at whatever level they are ready to do that. Even more than holding the space, I feel like a way-shower, I get to say “here’s this option, and here’s that option, which looks best for you?” And people can choose and grow that way.
Yoga was the introduction for me to healing and sharing inner transformation with a community. After ten years of practicing and teaching yoga, I had the opportunity to learn massage. This came at a time in my life where I really needed touch and healing. I wasn’t taking massage because I planned to be a massage therapist I simply had a desire to learn how to give a good massage. I was surprised by my first class... I hadn’t thought about the fact that I would be able to give AND receives massage, but when I began to experience it in that way, I realized that that was what I wanted to do. It is what I was meant to do.
The many gifted people I’ve been able to learn from have come to me at precisely the time I needed them. John Harris taught me Trigger Point Therapy at BTI (Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute) and Barefoot/Sports massage, which John created...he is still my mentor. Anytime I have a question about an injury my clients might have, I talk to John.
I had always wanted to learn WATSU (Aquatic Massage), but have never been motivated to go get the training in Northern California. A friend recommended Diane Finegold’s Water Release Therapy course in Santa Barbara, I went to try out a session, and as soon as I stepped into the water I felt a profound transformation about to occur. I felt my father, who passed years ago, and I felt the innocence of infancy. Jason Baker of Fitness 805 is a huge part of what I’m currently doing. Jason is a very wise & caring soul who I have the greatest respect for.
I am blessed to work with many talented professionals as part of whole healing programs for clients of Fitness805, we’re outdoors, working with clients in their homes, community boot camp with SB Sweat, corporate groups and visitors to local hotels. This variety adds a great deal to my work and keeps things interesting for me.
Getting out into the world and coming back to Santa Barbara makes me realize how small and connected our world is. And it gives me so much appreciation for my life, this beautiful place I live and for a community that supports me in offering the work I love...what more could a person want?
Life is fragile and our time is precious...live fully in health and joy.
- May 2000 Ananda Yoga
Teacher Training 200 hrs
- February 2005 Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Teacher Training 43 hrs with Shiva Rea
- April 2007 Massage Technician 200 hrs.
- March 2008 Deep Tissue Massage
- March 2008 Barefoot Deep Tissue
- March 2008 Thai Massage 80 hrs.
- January 2009 Trigger Point 60 hrs.
- December 2010 Esalen Massage
- December 2011 Red Flower Japan & Hammam Rituals
- August 2011 Basic WATSU 16 hrs.
- August 2011 Water Release Therapy