How I started on the healing path: I had massive brain damage in my late teens and early 20s. Total amnesia, difficulty with speaking, thinking, walking, social relations, memory. The doctors told my father I would be a vegetable the rest of my life. I had mercury poisoning, 1,325 times the toxic level, was "Mad as a Hatter".
During my struggle to recover, I prayed that I would be allowed to turn my suffering into service. In 2009, I became a massage therapist. Now I am grateful to fulfill that dream and empower people to heal themselves.
“Body Whispering”: My outer work is to facilitate people to heal from physical pain and injuries. My major tools are Ortho-Bionomy and Mindful Body Awareness. My inner work is to facilitate people's healing to awaken to their purpose. My major tools are deep listening, presence, compassion, love and acceptance.
On the science side, part of my family heritage, I am a research geek. I have published and/ or presented on mind-body and body-based work on Parkinson's, disabling shoulder pain, and ankle and knee injuries.
Caring for our parents: I worked with elderly, people with disabilities and their families for 18 years. Then I was blessed to care for my own mother for almost 15 years. What a gift, to be able to return so much love to her!
"Plant Whispering": I also teach Deva Communion workshops (communicating with the Divine Intelligence in all life) and Garden Communication classes.
I teach people to communicate with the Deva of different organs and parts of their bodies, as well. I trust that, just like plants and all of nature, our body has Devas that direct its growth in accord with divine purpose.
The Body's Intelligence: Osteopathy, and Ortho-Bionomy teach that there is intelligence in the body. And that it responds to touch, awareness, movement and support. More than that, I have found we can communicate with it. Even if it isn't working the way we like at the moment. And, the same rules apply as in human communication: anger and frustration do not get us as far as love, acceptance, forgiveness and cooperation.
"Deva" is a Sanskrit word that means divine being, equivalent to angels. Divinity infuses all of life, especially all of nature. So the angelic realm takes many forms. When we open our hearts to what nature is teaching, we come back into balance.
I support your awakening to find balance.
Awards and Affiliations
American Massage Therapy Association, AMTA
Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals, ABMP
Society of Ortho Bionomy International, SOBI
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, AIHM
Honorable Mentions, Massage Therapy Foundation Practitioner Case Report Contests, 2013 & 2014 on Parkinson's and Disabling Shoulder Pain.
Causes and Organizations
Volunteer with Returning Veterans Project, RVP
Speaker at Parkinsons Resources of Oregon, PRO PD Support Groups
Member of ResearchGate, an international online collaborative research community.
Member of Portland Permaculture Guild.
Gardener at Gabriel Park Community Organic Gardens.