I am a Death Midwife and Bodyworker
Finding my career in health and wellness was windy and had a lot of bumps and turns. My parents immigrated from Hong Kong and made a simple middle class life for us in Houston, Texas. They helped me nourish the left side of my brain. In college I made aspirations in math and science, and after graduating I worked in Healthcare Software. In 2011, I got a job working for Cedar Sinai and moved out to Los Angeles. But after 8 years of working in IT, I realized that doing life only with the left side of your brain doesn’t get you very far. I had checked all the boxes and was making more money than I ever dreamed, but I was terribly unhappy and depressed. So I got back in touch with that little voice inside – my intuition, and slowly I rebuilt my life into one I can be proud of.
I quit my IT career in 2016, and over the next 3 years I learned what I needed for a fulfilling career. My problem was that I wasn’t in alignment with my natural talents of: presence, listening and empathy. I wasn’t working directly with people and I wasn’t working with my hands.
I discovered a whole world of alternative health and wellness through a friend who did Craniosacral Therapy. Since then, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of holistic and eastern medicines from sound healing to acupressure, energy healing to breathwork and more. And I love all of it. I believe in helping people heal on every level – mind, body, and spirit. Because it’s all connected. One part influences another.
I am a licensed Massage Therapist who’s also trained to work with your energy, soft tissue organs, lymph, and craniosacral system. I love to learn and every year I take a few courses to understand the body and learn new healing techniques. I’ve studied with the Barral Institute, the Upledger Institute, the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, and many energy healers and therapists. I have an awareness that emotions can be stored in the tissues and result in discomfort or tension and am trained in somatic (mind-body) healing modalities.
After a few years of working as a therapist, I found that talking through stressful experiences with my clients resulted in deeper tissue release and fewer sessions. So I got Certified as Holistic Life Coach through Alan Cohen, and began coaching. I bring coaching to all my sessions, and for 4 years I coached clients through their career transitions.
Every session includes energy work because it creates deeper relaxation and often helps with mental clarity and overall mood.
I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to help them understand and overcome any obstacles to their healing. I also understand that I don’t have all the answers and often refer my clients out to trustworthy Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, and alternative healers for support.
I love to teach. Know that I’m happy to explain anything and leave you with better knowledge of your unique situation. Having time to teach is one of the reasons why I started a private practice.
In 2021, one of my clients started planning for their end of life. So to support them better, I started learning about the death and dying space, and then completed a program to become a Death Midwife. I didn’t know there would be more to my career, but then it showed up as holding space for the final transition. In a way, I feel at home in this world.
As a Death Midwife, I work with families and their dying loved one to educate, provide hands-on healing, and support them through the end of life.
When I’m not working, I’m walking my dog Cocoa, rock climbing with my husband, or planting some fresh seedlings in my garden.