I had never gotten a massage before I started massage school. Becoming a bodywork was never on my radar as a kid, but now I can’t see myself doing anything else.

I graduated college with a degree in chemical engineering, got a job with a consulting firm called Accenture, and then landed in Healthcare IT with UCLA. But after 8 years trying to find joy in my work, I still didn’t feel fulfilled. I had checked all the boxes and was making 100k a year, but I was unhappy and depressed. In 2016 I quit IT cold turkey. Then I got back in touch with my intuition, and slowly I rebuilt my life into one I can be proud of.

I discovered a whole world of alternative health and wellness through a friend who does 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 often coach in my sessions.

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.

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