I believe that touch is an essential part of wellness. Our body, mind, and spirit benefit from healthy touch. Massage is a wonderful way to get in tune with your body and begin to “feel”. Total body awareness is a desired result of massage. Everybody can benefit from massage on a physical, mental, and emotional level.
I believe the human body strives for wellness.
Wellness is defined as “a state in which a human being functions at an optimal level of integration between the elements of body, mind and spirit. The well individual is one who is happy, healthy and whole and who perceives his/her life as one with meaning and purpose.”
The body needs to move everyday in exercise and be fed a healthy whole-foods diet, to remain functioning at optimal levels. Stress, injury, and disease begin to take over the body when the balance between body, mind and spirit is not maintained. Massage is used as a way to keep that balance.
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When I was young we had a family friend who used to massage my neck. I loved it! I thought how nice it would be to make people feel good just by knowing what muscles to touch.
I’ve always been an active person. Playing sports and a runner my whole life lead me to study how the human body moved in college. I loved learning the anatomy and physiology of the body. I find it fascinating that every human being is made up of all the same muscles no matter how different they look on the outside! I loved learning the biomechanics of the human body. I thought why not get certified as a personal fitness trainer and begin doing some personal training. I got certified through American Council on Exercise (ACE). Upon finishing my B.S. in Kinesiology from San Diego State University (1998) I went to do therapeutic exercise for adults with physical disabilities. The disabilities ranged from stroke and spinal cord injuries, to multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Here I was challenged to make up new ways for someone to do an exercise whose body didn't work normally anymore.
During college I took my first intensive massage training course at a massage school in San Diego, California (1997) and knew it would fit nicely into what I was studying for my degree. I eventually completed my massage training at IPSB, the International Professional School of Bodywork. I used some massage with therapeutic exercise but didn’t really focus on it until 2001 when I was working for a busy physical therapy clinic and fitness center. I worked on Alvarado Hospital’s medical campus with sports medicine doctors and physical therapists. After personal training and doing massage therapy for a few years I really wanted to focus on just massage because I felt I was helping people more, especially with pain relief.
This began my years of passion for the field of massage therapy. I feel blessed to have found a field that challenges me, and to go to work every day and love what I do. I’m nationally certified in massage and bodywork and have extensive experience in therapeutic settings, working closely with doctors and physical therapists.
I have experience working with professional athletes. I was the massage therapist for the San Diego Gulls Hockey Team for seasons 2003/2004 and 2004/2005. I also worked with the San Diego Soccers. I have specialized training in pregnancy massage and enjoy the honor of working with mother and baby.
The area of massage I’ve come to find most rewarding is pain management. I take the knowledge of the muscles and how the body moves to find what combination of massage techniques will benefit each client the most. I use trigger point therapy, deep tissue, stretching, posture and gait analysis, functional muscle testing and relaxation massage. I was originally trained in Esalen massage and all my work still holds that sedating, fluid style of movements.
I took my experience to the classroom and began teaching massage therapy in 2004. This is the ultimate test of whether you know your stuff well enough to teach it to adults. Very challenging and rewarding!
I currently own and run a multiple therapist clinic in La Mesa, California. I substitute teach on occasion and see clients four days a week because I still love being a massage therapist!