I became a competitive athlete at a very young age. I’d grown accustomed to sore muscles, even minor strains, and thought that a little bit of pain was just evidence that I’d simply done a good job on the field or on the court. Then I suffered two major ACL tears, one within a year of the other, which led me to be in rehabilitation for almost two full years.
As an active girl who’d always used her body to challenge and express herself, this was devastating…until I discovered how to help my body to heal in a more holistic way. I was prescribed physical therapy, alternative therapies, and different modalities of bodywork to complement my treatment and, as a result, I healed and returned to full physical capacity. While these methods helped me to fully recover and get the most out of rehabilitation, the greatest discovery was that I suddenly had a sustainable self-care program that allowed me to prevent injuries and maintain full-body wellness. To this day it allows me to continue skiing, snowboarding, participating in crossfit, hiking, and indulging in my latest obsession: surfing.
Healing has been a lifelong interest for me. My early studies were in Psychology. It wasn’t until much later that I decided to pursue massage therapy. While on a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and South America, I received a reflexology massage in Bali that further awakened in me a new awareness and interest in bodywork. I came back home to New York and decided to enroll at the Swedish Institute in order to study and obtain my license.
I love massage because it is something that can help foster healing as well as helping to prevent injury. It challenges me on a daily basis and because of the nature of our bodies, is never the same. We are always evolving and individualized treatment plans have to as well.
For me, bodywork doesn’t simply treat the physical body of a client, but their spiritual and emotional needs, too. I look at each treatment plan and strive to implement the best approach for that person based on a composite of what’s affecting them at that particular time, from an aggravated chronic injury to an argument in their workplace. My approach can change session by session, just as the body may be feeling different on any given day.
I believe in the power of massage because I know first-hand how beneficial and amazing a regular bodywork regimen can be. I feel like a different person when I am embracing all means to be in control of my health. For me this means proper nutrition, a variety of exercise, and tuning in to how my body feels, what it’s telling me it requires. Acknowledging how we feel and seeking out what can better serve us allows our bodies to recover.
If you’ve never had a massage or are curious about the benefits, please don’t hesitate to reach out and email me with any questions. I’m happy to share with you any insights that I can.
KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Integration) is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body.
Boston University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Swedish Institute, Associates Degree in Occupational Studies
Licensed Massage Therapist, The State of New York
Member of American Massage Therapy Association