about my work
I have 19 years experience in private practice, and specialize in acute and chronic pain management, injury rehabilitation, structural alignment education, sports therapy, oral dysfunction, prenatal care, labor preparation, and infant bodywork.
I utilize varying techniques: trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and orthobionomy (an osteopathic neuromuscular technique), among others. My work has been influenced by a number of extraordinary mentors such as Casey Kiernan, an Advanced Rolfer.
Common complains I treat are carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, ankle, knee and hip dysfunction/pain, spinal injuries including whiplash, disc pathologies and cranial nerve dysfunction, adverse birth events and birth trauma, reflux and colic, plagiocephaly and other head molding assymmetries, torticollis, temporomandibular joint disorder, vertigo, migraine and tension headaches, running and triathalon related strain injuries, neuromuscular weakness and contracture caused by stroke, MS, ALS, and all pregnancy related complaints.
My goals are to treat the cause as well as the symptoms of pain, educate my clients so they understand the mechanisms of injury, help them to develop a better awareness of their repetitive strain patterns, and to arm them with tools to manage their own (and their babies') wellness.
Bodywork has played a major role in my life. From my early experiences with Rolfing at the age of 6, to massage in high school to treat chronic sports related injuries, my personal journey with bodywork has influenced my commitment to modalities which are most effective for pain management.
In 1999, I studied shiatsu, acupressure, and reflexology and discovered that they significantly affected the physiology of anxiety disorder. I had a close friend who suffered from severe panic attacks, and it was life-altering to find that administering pressure points could decrease blood pressure, respiration, and other expressions of the sympathetic nervous system. These tools dramatically helped my friend to manage the anxiety. That was the defining moment that motivated me to pursue a career in massage therapy.
In 2005, I studied prenatal massage and the benefits of massage to advance labor. I have had the great privilege of serving as a labor coach on several occasions, and enjoy providing pregnant women and new mothers with resources which support their needs.
In 2015, I began studying adult and infant cranial strain patterns, polyvagal theory, and the regulation of the autonomic nervous system. Polyvagal theory has many implications on the manifestation of physiological stress, such as heightened cortisol levels, systemic inflammation, and chronic pain.
I also integrate tongue-tie education into my pediatric practice. Ankyloglossia is a condition of myofunctional restriction which may profoundly affect the orofacial complex and whole-body fascial patterns. This training has contributed to breakthroughs in managing chronic pain and tension patterns for adult clients with oral dysfunction, as well as feeding, digestive, and sleep issues in the pediatric population.
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