My Training & Background
When I had my first Polarity session, over 15 years ago, it altered my perception of bodywork. I was struck how the practitioner's gentle touch could be so transformative. The impact that working through the body, rather than solely with the mind, could access emotional depths & have physical effects epitomized the reality 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 it is my deepest joy to offer this work to others. Polarity, Craniosacral and Massage are the center of my practice while my earlier studies in Ayurveda enhance that work. There are many modalities that I incorporate, most recently Somatic Experiencing, as I'm endlessly curious to learn how we humans work.
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, 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, trained at Finger Lakes School of Massage, I gained an in-depth knowledge of 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 in Somatic Experiencing in trauma recovery & resolution. 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, Sound Healing with John Beaulieu, Herbal Medicine with Robin Rose Bennett.
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 where 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.