Integrative Bodywork

Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist  SC #11589

The core philosophy behind my bodywork is that the body has the power to heal itself. I am not a healer, nor am I here to fix you. Rather, I am here to empower you to tap into your own self-healing capacities. Through years of both experiencing and training in various forms of bodywork, I have found that a subtle approach is most effective. My background, derived from the philosophy and techniques of Osteopathic Manual Therapy (via the Upledger and D’Ambrogio Institutes) has taught me a variety of methods for addressing lines of tension that run throughout the body. When left unaddressed, these tension patterns can wreak havoc on the entire system (your body, mind, and all that is beyond.) My goal is to take you on a journey through observing your tension patterns - how they got there and why they’ve stuck - and provide experiences for you to relax more fully into a healthier way of living in your body. This work is regularly regarded as deeply transformational, as it addresses the root causes of various dysfunctions that may have stored in the body for quite some time. It is also often the "missing link" for people who have tried a variety of approaches and have yet to find peace with their healing process. 

 

It is my pleasure to assist you through releasing and integrating layers of stress, tension and trauma, while inspiring and empowering you to step more fully into the life you deserve. 

 

I was brought to this work through a rather circuitous route of self-healing. Through various crises over the span of three years, I was brought in and out of multiple medical emergencies. I have watched everything I know about my body and my lifestyle become dismantled right before my eyes. At the time, these incidents were earth-shattering; they left me feeling like I was alone in the world with a lot of work to do if I wanted to truly enjoy the experience of life on earth. More powerfully, however, they led me to a complete restructuring of self - physically, mentally and spiritually. It is through this ongoing restructuring that I have found various methods and modalities for Healing the Self. My life’s work is now greatly devoted to sharing these techniques. 

 

The majority of my bodywork is gentle, light, and often blissful. It is my intention to provide you with deeply transformative healing experiences that you are then able to draw from for the rest of your life. I work deeply with your body from an integrative perspective to show you just how amazing it can be to feel light, free and full of life. By bringing you to the feeling of optimal function and flow, my intention is to provide your nervous system with experiences it can draw from in the future, when "things get real", which it can then use to produce Self-Healing effects without my physical presence. 

 

A note on trauma: I am often called to do very deep work with my clients, especially if recent trauma is in their field. From my personal experiences, the space between crisis and recovery is a space I am quite familiar with. When necessary, my work will serve to help you navigate that space - taking stock of what is necessary to release, while opening up to embodying a fullness that allows you more freedom and lightness of Being. 

Activate Breathwork

The breath is the most powerful and easily accessible tool we have for Self-Healing. While our breath is perhaps the most profound symbol of our connection to our innate healing resources, we often forget about the breath - breathing shallowly, quickly, and without an awareness that allows optimal functioning. Through cultivating an awareness of the breath, we empower ourselves to begin connecting to the source of healing that is deeply embedded within our DNA. Through working with me, I can show you various ways for how to release restrictions in your breathing pattern - opening up to a fuller, more embodied breath. Once the breath is open, full and “activated”, I then facilitate an experience of “amping up” the healing resources that are brought into light through the breath. This often leads to a powerful feeling of self-healing energy coursing through the body, with which I will then help you direct to the spaces of your body that need attention.

 

It is important to know that this self-healing energy is simply the product of an increased level of oxygen and an intake of life force; it is not my energy that heals you - it is your own. 

My formal training in working with the breath has been through training in Activate Breathwork and through studying Pranayama and other aspects of Yogic Science while living in India. However, I have also researched and experienced many other forms of breathwork. What flows through me in a breathwork session is typically a blend of all of aspects from the various forms of Breathwork I have studied. 

Ecstatic Dance DJing & Event Facilitation

Being born in New Orleans and growing up in a family of musicians, I was constantly exposed to various forms of music and performance styles as a child. From the raucous big band swing of Mardi Gras-inspired music to the delicate musings of guitarist Pat Metheny, I developed a broad range of musical tastes early on in life. My father was a keyboardist and vocalist with a super talented ear for finding harmonies, so I absorbed musical lessons from him regularly. I began performing at age 10, starting with the electric guitar and eventually moving into the saxophone, bass, piano and drums. I started out playing in punk rock bands, and progressed into funk, jazz and classical music. My musical taste developed over the years and I began to draw inspiration in my playing and performance from an eclectic mix of musicians and groups. I now write, produce and perform a variety of music from genres ranging from ambient and acoustic fingerstyle guitar to jazz fusion and worldbeat.

While living in Thailand in 2019, I was inspired by Kareem Raihani and some other world class Ecstatic Dance DJs to combine my background in music with my work in holding space and facilitating workshops for large groups. Having recently been introduced to Ecstatic Dance, I was beginning to unlock layers of my consciousness simply through allowing the uninhibited movement of my body to "run the show" each time I came to a conscious dance event. I was opening up in ways I had never experienced before. Having spent a good bit of my teenage years as an athlete, I had developed some rigid movement patterns and restricting thought forms that had the ability to take a tight grip on my way of being. Through dancing these into my awareness and moving through them nonjudgmentally, I began to experience an ease of being that I had never before touched. Ecstatic Dance began to give me profound insights into how I relate with the world; my relationships suddenly began to make more sense and I began to feel more at home in my body. Having experienced such rapid growth through something that was so much fun, yet deeply cathartic and transformational at the same time, I knew that this was something I wanted to incorporate into my life's work. I naturally began seeking ways to become an Ecstatic Dance DJ and I was quickly led to enroll in an Ecstatic Dance DJ Training in Portugal with Ecstatic Dance International. This was the final step in owning my role as a DJ and I will be forever grateful to Donna Carroll and Bernice Rabbis for creating an opportunity for me to step into this work. I am now traveling around the world sharing events that allow me to craft mixes of live and carefully curated music that invite dancers to experience deep inner and outer journeys while tapping into previously unexpressed layers of intuitive movement. 

 

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