How long have you been in the healing arts?
I certified as an Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist in 2009, and started full time massage in 2013 upon graduating from MH Vicars. I then studied biodynamic craniosacral therapy for two years and received my diploma in 2016. I have to say though, that those are just the accreditations. It was in the early 1990’s that I felt the healing energy in my hands and, in an effort to understand this I started to read my first books on moving energy and the healing arts. I have also been empowering people in their own self healing through movement for the last twenty years through Pilates and yoga.
Do you have a specific modality?
I have stated my certifications already but massage is a big umbrella term that covers a lot. Within massage I use myofasial release, deep tissue, relaxation, joint play, active release, various stretching techniques including Thai massage. One of the things that keeps this work so fresh is that each person is unique in how the body releases tension. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is the modality that fascinates me the most. Its’ beauty is its simplicity. It is the first truly holistic modality I have learned. It’s funny to say that as I have been studying it for four years now and I feel I am still a beginner! I suppose that speaks again to the complexities and unique qualities of the individual.
What type of clients do you like to work with?
Well, I know that the marketing specialists tell us to target specific groups of people but the truth is I enjoy working with anyone who is open to changing held patterns. When we experience contraction in the body, it can often be about trying to prevent the expansion that change brings about. Held patterns can be in the tissues, thoughts, beliefs, or behaviors. I believe that change is the only thing we can truly rely on and as such we have to be in a state of allowing.
How do you practice self care?
Weekly Iyengar yoga class, daily walking in the Ravine, cross-country skiing, or, in the warmer months, bike riding, I try to do a little something every day. I was a Pilates instructor for many years and have a wealth of knowledge around exercising for efficiency and optimum mobility but I struggle with time constraints and the desire for more sleep, so truth be told, I can be as lazy as the next guy. I try not to beat myself up and often I will just stretch on my floor for fifteen minutes or so. I have to do something good for my body every day if I want to have longevity in this work.
What brings you joy?
Joy? That’s difficult. Spending time with loved ones; family and friends. When I don’t feel pressure to check my phone or be somewhere else. Peace is easier. Walking in nature brings me peace: being in nature gives me the best overall health benefits because it resets my whole being, I can feel my thoughts change as I open up to the larger space around me. As my body and breath settles into a rhythm, my joints loosen up and I feel easier in my body, my thoughts become more expansive and I feel peace.
What is the gift you bring to the table?
Do you have any expectations of your clients?
I hope that they are able to trust in change and that they are open to the possibility of greater health.
Do you have mentors or teachings you would like to share?
My greatest teachers have been those nearest and dearest to me, those that I have had or am in relationship with. They are the ones that challenge me daily to be a better person. There is a woman named Jeddah Mali who has a series of meditations called Seeds of Enlightenment. I couldn’t live as peacefully without those meditations. She is brilliant!
What is your prediction for the earth and its inhabitants? Do you think we will
make it as a species? Do you think we are doomed?
It’s an interesting question because I have felt this sort of mounting sense of
general futility among people in the world around me for at least the past five years.
It seems as though people are loosing hope.
Are we doomed as a species? Of course we are. Species come and go over
evolutionary and geological time.
I am no scientist and I am not going to spend time fact checking here, but it seems to me that logic dictates that we will become extinct eventually and some other highly adaptable species will evolve. Perhaps a species that can digest plastic and excrete it to something useful for the planet! The question I think is, how do we want to live both now and in future generations? What is the legacy we want to leave behind? We have abundant capacities as a species and while we may be ill right now due to a fundamental separation of our Nature from the rest of life (where else in nature do we see existential angst?), a paradigm shift in human consciousness could alter the current trajectory of our species.
The Earth will survive us. She is greater than us. And while we depend on her for our life, she will survive with scars that will heal well enough to continue to support life.
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