I understand the frustration, suffering, fear and grief that can accompany a physical or emotional injury and its treatment. Due to my own experiences, I also believe that health can be restored. I came to BCST in the way that many people come to bodywork treatment. I had been in an auto accident and was seeking relief from physical pain and nerve damage. Part of the constellation of after effects from this trauma was a component of emotional and mental suffering that went unnamed and untreated with the variety of conventional and alternative treatment modalities I was utilizing in my quest to heal.
My sense of self and the confidence I had always had in my physical integrity and safety had been profoundly shaken. I came to doubt I would ever feel the health and well-being I had previously known.
The gentle, skilled, compassionate care I experienced with Craniosacral Therapy not only restored my health to what I had known prior to the accident, but surpassed it. It brought profound, positive change to my physical health and life. My physical body was more relaxed and fluid and I was more deeply embodied. Most importantly, I was introduced to my Parasympathetic Nervous System, the part of our Autonomic Nervous System that governs our resting and restorative states. This proved to be the most transformative and interesting aspect of the treatment for me. Only after feeling this system as it was designed to operate, did I realize how compromised mine had been from early shock and trauma. It offered me an opening into deeper states of my own basic nature. I experienced an embodied sense of oneness that further opened my heart and my connection to others and to life.
Renewal is available to us in the present as we face the trials and upsets of life.
I am a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®) credentialed by the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America.
This credential follows the completion of a 700 hour Foundation training with Gary Peterson, a teacher with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) and the founder of the STAR Institute. The training includes studies in anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, embryology, attachment psychology, birthing dynamics and somatic awareness practices.
Gary’s spacious, gentle, inclusive and loving approach to teaching and life have informed every aspect of my practice and have been a compelling force in my own journey of healing my nervous system.
A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMT), I completed professional training for companion animal massage at Northwest School of Animal Massage. The program consists of training in animal behavior and handling, massage theory and practice, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, first aid and pathology.
Advanced studies of the viscera, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), have furthered my knowledge in the field. I have an intra-oral endorsement from the State of Washington which allows me to treat intra-oral conditions such as TMJS, clenching and grinding and other issues that involve the mouth and jaw.
In private practice in the Seattle and Eastside areas since 2009. I love the work I do with both people and animals.
An ongoing contemplative practice, rooted in somatic meditation, sustains my love for life and others. To our work together I bring loving-kindness, neutrality and a devotion to holding a safe and supportive space. I welcome your questions and look forward to participating in your journey to vibrant health.
Credentials and Memberships
RCST, The Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America • LMT, Bellevue Massage School WA License # MA00025263 • SAMT, Northwest School of Animal Massage • Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals