Years ago, I began suffering frequent panic attacks. While they weren't disabling as sometimes happens to others, but they were very stressful anyway. At first, they were quite frightening because I didn't know what was happening. I suspected heart disease. Fortunately, I met a young fellow who was having a very stressful time in his own life and was having attacks severe enough to have landed him in the emergency room more than once. Strong drugs were used to quell his attacks. Those had their own ill effects. I later learned that the power of breath and regular stress management was huge in management. When I felt the attacks coming on, I would pull out my previously-soaked wad of cotton smelling strongly of eucalyptus and take a whiff. Almost immediately, I was breathing in a calmer, more relaxing manner. My heart rate, moments earlier racing, also slowed to a comfortable, easy rate. I learned that keeping away from second-hand cigarette smoke, getting enough rest and dealing with emotional stress in a timely manner all helped to keep the anxiety attacks short-lived and to a minimum. Music also proved to be immensely helpful in learning to manage stress.
During the first year of COVID, my husband and I began doing yoga together for the first time in our married life. That practice helped ground us and alleviate some of the pain of isolation. The deep breathing involved helped get our day off to a good start or our evening slowed for a happy bedtime.
These life experiences have all taught me the value of deep, conscious breathing, meditation, exercise, sound nutrition, rest and social connections and purpose.
I like to learn about my clients. How they live, where they live, what they eat, how they unwind. Also, what they do for work and how their stress, relationships are managed. Health is more than just comfortable muscles and a currently-soothed nervous system. I want massage to play a vital role in their ongoing health management.
I want to help with motivation in improving their overall health.
Prenatal Massage training with Claire Marie Miller of Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2014.
Birth Boot Camp Doula training in 2019. Certified September 2021.
Birth Boot Camp instructor training and certification in October 2021.
Locally practicing massage since 2007.
Locally offering doula services since May 2021.
June 2005 - July 2007
The prenatal massage work has mushroomed into childbirth support work. I am now certified as a doula and a childbirth educator. Saw my first live birth this past October. Such a beautiful and inspirational moment it was!
In order to more fully serve one of my young clients, I traveled to North Carolina for advanced training in Prenatal Massage.
With a couple of years in college, I entered into the massage therapy program downtown. At Professional Massage Training Center, my life would be changed as I learned about the human body and the beneficial ways in which massage therapy can enhance our state of health.