Tell us about your massage school and other trainings:
I was fortunate to attend school for massage therapy In Eugene Oregon at Lane Community College. While attending school I had the opportunity to learn from many incredible practitioners who specialize in everything from basic Swedish massage, to trigger point therapy, to cranial sacral. After completing my program I was blessed to work with, and learn from, a doctor of chinese medicine and acupuncture in Portland OR.
What bodywork are you currently studying?
I currently really enjoy working with women both during pregnancy and postpartum.
I have intentions of becoming a birth doula and have been studying maternity massage in hopes to incorporate this modality into my practice in the near future.
Throughout my career I have remained fascinated with the nervous system and continue my research on ways to help my clients regulate through breath work and intentional touch.
What do you want people to know about their body?
You know your body best. The greatest skill I believe you can have is the ability to tap in and listen to what your body is telling you it needs.
What do you want people to know about health and wellness?
There are lots of big words and “fads” in the health and wellness industry. It can seem overwhelming at times, but at the end of the day you know your body best and it is up to you to determine what approaches work best for your healing journey. Find humans you trust to teach you the language and what they know. Make your own conclusions from there. Knowledge is your greatest tool for healing!
Take it back to the basics. Notice your breath. Drink some water. Eat something nourishing, and get some rest.
What is your favorite system in the body?
Your nervous system affects every aspect of your health as it acts as the command center for your entire body. It allows us to feel sensation, process information, and activates our fight, flight, or freeze response. I am fascinated with this system of the body and learning to regulate it as it allows us to encounter changes in our environment and everyday stressors while still maintaining balance.
Favorite thing to do in Sandpoint?
By far my favorite thing to do in Sandpoint is swimming in our beautiful rivers and lake. There is something so healing about movement in water.