I began my massage therapy training at The East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 2008. During my education, I fell in love with the art and science of massage therapy and began to understand what a powerful healing effect it can have on the body. In early 2010 I became a licensed massage therapist and have been practicing ever since. I enjoy taking continuing education classes such as hot stone massage, TMJ therapies, advanced trainings in head and neck as well as myofascial release for the body including arms, legs and torso. The more I practice massage and continue to learn new techniques and benefits of massage the more I love the field.
In 2006, I was attuned in Reiki healing by Sheila King. I use Reiki either alone or in combination with a massage to bring deep relaxation, speed healing, cleanse the aura and bring a sense of well being to my clients.
While attending massage school I worked in an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic. The doctors saw lots of patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. It was there that I became interested in the benefits of massage for this condition. I learned that TMJ dysfunction and pain can be difficult to treat and often can mean a prescription for narcotics or even surgery. When I discovered that massage is effective for lessening pain and increasing range of motion in the jaw, I decided to work with this condition. I took specialized classes addressing the structure of the head, neck and jaw and learned techniques for releasing fascial adhesions surrounding the joint capsule and small muscles of the face jaw and neck which tend to cause pain and discomfort in the TMJ.
In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing with my dog, gardening, cooking, practicing yoga, hiking, camping and cross country skiing.