Holistic health has always been a passion of mine, and my interest in bodywork as a mode of personal and community healing has deepened through massage therapy. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I aim to facilitate healing and empower individuals to be agents of change for both themselves and those around them. I believe that promoting holistic health among individuals is key to promoting healthy communities.
As a massage therapist, I strive to instill a greater sense of ease and space in my clients. Each session is composed for clients’ unique needs, whether the emphasis is full-body relaxation or medical massage. My technique focuses on the connective tissue of the body: relieving stress, reducing pain, and bringing greater range of motion through slow, sustained pressure and playful, passive movement. To tie it all together, I integrate rhythmic and flowing Swedish massage strokes, acupressure, and grounding stillness work.
I’m also certified in Manual Lymph Drainage, which assists lymphatic flow. This soft, light, and deeply relaxing technique helps reduce swelling in cases of edema, which is particularly beneficial for post-injury and post-surgery sites as well as chronic venous insufficiency (varicose veins). MLD has a pain-relieving effect and may also help with migraines, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions.
Read on for a little more background on how I became a massage therapist:
In 2009, I graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in literary nonfiction, but I’d always been drawn to working with my hands in a way that would positively impact my community. This desire as well as my deep, deep love of food led me to a season of organic farming at Early Morning Farm in Genoa, NY followed by a year of service as an AmeriCorps member with the Food and Health Network, a local food coalition. Though both fed my soul, the economics of farming and the grit of non-profit work inspired me to consider other paths. In January 2012, I accepted a part-time position as an Admissions Guide at the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Being inside the Castle on the Hill--that mysterious building I’d driven past so many times over my years in Ithaca--quickly inspired me to consider going through the 1,000-hour training program. I don’t regard myself as an impulsive person, but the choice was clear. One night, I simply decided I was going to be a massage therapist: I applied for the program and just one month later, I started as a part-time student at FLSM.
Massage therapy is a perfect blend of all that I find fulfilling: working with my hands, helping others, and healing holistically. I’m grateful for a livelihood that gives me the opportunity to personally practice--and to inspire my clients to practice--working with positive intention, being fully present, and honing mind-body awareness on a daily basis.