For more than 30 years, my journey with massage therapy has included private practice, collaboration with the local midwifery community, working with chiropractors, and providing massage therapy to many people with compromised health while doing hospital-based massage therapy at Flagstaff Medical Center for nine years. In addition to my private practice, I work with patients at Haven Health, a long and short term rehabilitation center, doing individualized therapeutic massage and teaching Qigong. I continue to work with many cancer survivors.
As a massage educator, I teach massage students as well as current massage therapists. Several classes I teach include hospital based massage therapy, reflexology, lymphatic massage, elder massage and research literacy for massage therapists, to name a few.
You can be assured a safe massage experience, even if you are currently struggling with chronic health issues such as pain, diabetes, Parkinsons, cancer, or other physically limiting diseases. If you are a cancer patient or a survivor, massage therapy can help with quality of life, better sleep patterns, less pain, and increased emotional well being. If needed, I will contact your doctor to communicate about any concerns or contraindications.
Using a holistic approach in each session, incorporating stress reduction, pain management and relaxation; techniques may include Swedish massage, acupressure, reflexology, cranio-sacral, lymphatic massage, polarity, muscle sculpting, Tui Na and more. Some of my certifications include: Massage for People Living with Cancer, Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Pregnancy and Infant Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, Gua Sha and Cupping, and Supreme Science Qigong instructor and facilitator, Levels 1 & 2.
While bringing my extensive experience and number of techniques to our session, I will also encourage you to incorporate daily activities that will support your continued wellness.
Creating peace in the world and less suffering is a goal I strive to achieve each day.
MHA, BSW LMT
Massage Educator/ASIS (Arizona School of Integrative Studies)
Qigong Instructor (Supreme Science Qigong Center)
Massage therapy has been a part of my life since my childhood. I spent many hours practicing massage on my old dog Smokey who had arthritis and hip dysplasia. I also would massage my mothers head and neck to relieve her migraine headaches. I have always been drawn to the healing benefits of massage and was formally trained at Arizona School of Integrative Studies, (ASIS) in Clarkdale, AZ. I received my massage therapy certification in August of 2005. Since then I have worked in major resorts, spa's and also had seven years in the hospital setting, providing massage for people dealing with cancer, heart surgeries, orthopedic patients and much more.
Recently I received my Teacher Training Certification through ASIS and now teach Shiatsu classes to massage therapy students. I am practicing Shiatsu in my own practice and hope to use this modality on a more regular basis. Shiatsu is a massage treatment based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The session uses acupressure, compression and stretching along the meridians of the body to help bring the body into balance. The session is traditionally done on a mat on the floor and the client remains fully clothed. Shiatsu can help with pain and muscular tension and also help bring health and vitality back to the body and mind.
I was also recently certified in Infant Massage by Infant Massage USA. I teach weekly Infant massage classes to parent's and caregivers at Flagstaff Birth and Women's Center. Parent's bring their babies to learn a variety of massage techniques to help babies, relax, relieve colic and teething pain and so much more. It is a great way for parent's to bond with their babies by offering a safe and therapeutic touch. The classes are also a great way to connect with other families within our community.
A passion of mine is working with people with chronic disabilities such as multiple sclerosois, cerebral palsy and spinal injuries. I do home visits for people who have such physical challenges and also for elderly clients who may not have the transportation to leave their homes.
My goal is to promote health and well being through therapuetic touch ,stress reduction techniques, and education on self care. I incorporate many modalities into my work, including but not limited to connective tissue, myofascial release, cranial sacral, Reiki, Shiatsu, and reflexology. Massage creates a space to quiet the mind and settle the body in a way that encourages self healing. Massage helps ease pain, anxiety, promotes sleep, and strengthens the immune system. Massage is beneficial for most people and each session is tailored to meet the needs of each client.
Whatever your reason for recieving massage, I look forward to working with you on your journey to health, wellness, happiness and relaxation!