I have been practicing massage therapy since 2004. I went to the Cortiva Somerset School of Massage Therapy where I received an extensive education in Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and massage techniques including Swedish, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Pre-natal, and Sports Massage. I started off my career in the field working in the spa setting and have since graduated to work here at the Center, where I can focus my efforts helping people with specific pain and structural issues, seeing patients for a single massage or, with deeper or more chronic issues, for a series.
Why did you decided to become a massage therapist?
It choose me. Even as a child I remember trading massages with my siblings and schoolmates, trying techniques out on each other. I even did a report in my senior English class about doing massage as a career. After a year and a half of college I decided to formally study this art and enrolled in massage school.
What sets you apart as a practitioner?
I put a lot of intention and focus into what I do - I'm not just going through the motions. It's more about being aware of what the body needs and attuning my massage to that, rather than trying to treat the whole body just because. It's also about my technique which I base off of myofascial release. This involves slow, consistent, and deep pressure that waits for the body to respond rather than forcing the body to release. I like to work at a certain level, never crossing into pain where the body reacts by withdrawing. This kind of massage is not only beneficial for aches and pains but is also very relaxing and relieves stress. I also like to educate my patients about what is happening and how they can help eliminate symptoms and prevent them from reoccurring through massage therapy, stretching, or relaxation techniques.
What aspect of healing are you most interested in?
I am interested in helping people transition to a higher level of wellness, whether that's through elimination of pain or through a transformation of emotional issues.
How did you arrive in Asheville?
Asheville sucked me in. Came here once, and moved here two months later. Just couldn't escape the feeling of home once I arrived.
What's your favorite nature spot in Asheville?
Anywhere besides a river where there are patches of moss and trees.
What do you love about Asheville?
I love the true sense of community here, where people are capable of being themselves and not holding back from what they need and expressing themselves.
What is your philosophy about health?
I believe that prevention is key to most disease in the body and that the body gives us symptoms as a signal for us to interpret and work with. As a massage therapist I enjoy figuring out the puzzle. I like to look at a symptoms and find the source, the main cause, and work from there to help eliminate and reduce the symptom whether it's muscle pain, headaches, lack of movement or any feeling of imbalance.
What do you like about working at the Center?
I get to spend time in a really cool neighborhood that works to enhance the health of it's members. I am able to fully express my range of skills as a massage therapist. I have the benefit of working with other amazing holistic health professionals that share my outlook on a healthy lifestyle.
What's your favorite music?
There's so much. Mainly anything I can dance to.
What are your hobbies?
I love to dance every Sunday with the Asheville Movement Collective. It gives me the opportunity to fully express what my body needs to experience from that week. And I get to play like a little kid!
How has your practice evolved over time?
In the beginning I got my feet wet by working in the spa industry doing Swedish, deep tissue, body wraps, hydrotherapy, and reflexology. I realized I wanted more time with my patients because I was finding that just a massage isn't enough to truly reap the benefits of the experience. Now, I focus on spending ample time massaging my patients as well as talking with them about their lifestyle and how to incorporate positive self-care techniques. I try to make my massages a stepping stone for people to allow more balance in their lives, rather than just a quick fix. I've learned that as much time as you've conditioned your body to be a certain way, it takes that much more effort to bring it back to balance.
What were you doing before you entered your field?
Besides school I was in the service industry. Actually, I've always been in the service industry. From bakeries, to ice cream, to restaurants, to massage therapy.
What is the most common response after a treatment?
Generally it's surprise at how strong my massages can be, especially considering that I'm not all big and burly.
"Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
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779 Haywood Road, Downtown West Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 505-3174