Where did you study? East West College of the Healing Arts
When did you graduate? October 2014
What do you like most about massage? I most love the role of massage in preventative care and well being. Massage has such a broad range of applications from pain management and rehabilitation to stress reduction and increased quality of sleep. As a therapist, I love being able to collaborate with my clients so they can reach their wellness goals. It's the best feeling when you can see the positive change in people after they get a massage, whether it is physical or emotional. As someone who receives massage regularly, I love knowing that when I'm on the table I'm not only getting a great massage, but I'm almost always learning new skills that I can incorporate into my own routines. Massage is fun, therapeutic, and it just feels good!
What are your favorite modalities / specialties? I appreciate a variety of massage modalities for many reasons. I think my top three favorites are Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Thai Massage.
Why do you feel those modalities / specialties are effective? Swedish and Deep Tissue are wonderful modalities because you can incorporate both into almost any massage sequence whether it's for relaxation or therapeutic massage. Thai is a fantastic modality for releasing muscle tension as well as improving flexibility. Traditional Thai massage is typically performed on a mat on the ground and reminds me very much of yoga in the way I can move and manipulate my clients body so they can receive a satisfying stretch in almost any area. The option for me to use not only my hands and forearms, but feet, knees, and legs to press and knead my clients is also good for my own body mechanics and well being.
Anything special you'd like to share about yourself? I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life. We have everything here; forests, mountains, snow, deserts, oceans, and lakes. I have been told I am a "doer". I love to swim, run, hike, camp, and generally be outside. When I'm not doing stuff outdoors I like to read and play the ukulele.