After graduating from the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in Seattle in 2013, I began working in the chiropractic office of Dr. Roy Evans in Olympia, WA. Working in a clinical office has given me 9 years of experience in aiding those suffering from whiplash injuries, sciatica, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, sports and work injuries, postural deviations and those suffering from myofascial pain. I have completed over 1000 hours of training in multiple techniques, including injury treatment massage, deep tissue, myofascial release techniques, prenatal massage and Swedish relaxation massage. I was inspired to attend massage school after being injured in a car accident and experiencing the healing benefits of massage therapy firsthand. In 2007 I underwent a spinal fusion from T3-L4 for scoliosis and have found significant relief from pain caused by scar tissue and myofascial dysfunction through massage therapy. This personal knowledge and experience of myofascial pain and dysfunction has greatly impacted my work and the empathetic approach I bring to my clients.
I prefer a client-centered approach to my massage technique. This means taking time before your massage to have a discussion about you - what hurts, what you do for work, any history of injury or chronic physical or emotional stress, etc. Massage should be a collaborative effort between therapist and client, with the client in complete control. The idea is to create a therapeutic partnership, combining my training and expertise and my clients expectations and perspective. You alone know your body best and only you are the expert on your body and how best to communicate your pain experience and expectations to me. Creating this partnership can aid my clients in completely allowing themselves to feel safe and relax in my care and entering that state of relaxation is the key to unlocking tension and unwinding stuck patterns in the tissue and in the mind.