My Training & Background
Over 15 years ago I had my first Polarity session and it altered my perception of bodywork. I was struck how the practitioner's gentle touch could be so transformative. That working through the body, rather than solely with the mind, accessed emotional depths & truths crystallized the truth of "the body's intelligence" for me. The deep feeling of ease and "rightness" that stayed with me confirmed its value and changed my life's trajectory.
Now, 15 years later, it is my deepest joy to offer this work to others. Today, Polarity, Craniosacral and Massage are the center of my practice as I incorporate Somatic Experience work, while my earlier studies in Ayurvedic enhance that work. There are many modalities that I incorporate in my work as I continually train to gain greater depth, knowledge and experience to offer my clients.
The sensitivity of touch and presence Polarity and Craniosacral bring are at the heart of my practice. I studied Polarity's structural and energetic bodywork- a holistic system that encompasses nutrition, health building & cleanses with movement therapy and counseling- over several years with Ellen Krueger at Soma-Psyche Institute. Craniosacral dynamics & meditations with Reese Williams, body-centered counseling & somatic intuition with Ron DeAngelo completed my Polarity training as a Registered Polarity Practitioner.
After a further, two-year training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Roger Gilchrist at The Wellness Institute I became an RCST- Registered Craniosacral Therapist. The foundation training focused on traditional osteopathic skills, craniosacral anatomy, structure and physiology, embryological development, and the principles and practice of biodynamic awareness.
As an LMT- Licensed Massage Therapist- board certified & licensed by NY State- I completed an intensive 1000+ hour program at Finger Lakes School of Massage with an in-depth focus on anatomy, kinesiology, physiology & pathology. Extensive bodywork training included Swedish, Connective Tissue Therapy, Trigger Point, Shiatsu, Neuromuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, and Hydrotherapy.
Continually digging deeper, I'm currently training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. I've studied Thai massage with Michael Alicia & Reinhold at CATA (Center for the Advancement of Therapeutic Arts, Reiki with Peter Goldbeck through A.R.E. of NY Edgar Cayce Center, Shamanic Soul Retrieval with Isaac Beery and Sound Healing with John Beaulieu.
It was an Anthropology degree from Barnard College & post-graduate study at the International Center of Photography-ICP- that initially brought me to India in 1998. I encountered and began my studies in Ayurveda while working there as a textile designer. Knowing how Polarity integrates key principles of the Ayurvedic tradition and that Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity, lived the last 20 years of his life in India, for me is a felicitous connection of all the dots.