I have been a massage therapist for three years, working at health care clinics, a retirement residence, and a hospice hospital in Portland. I graduated from the East West College of the Healing Arts in 2014 and have since undertaken additional education to develop special expertise in Zen Shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and abdominal massage.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork that involves gentle or firm finger pressure along lines in the body called meridians. The Zen Shiatsu approach is designed to activate the healing process and to harmonize imbalances on physical, emotional, and cognitive dimensions. I diagnose the imbalance in the flow of chi and restore balance by encouraging an even flow of chi through the meridians. The effect is both relaxing and energizing.
A craniosacral treatment directly affects the central nervous system through delicate release of muscles and tissue around the skull, spine, and sacrum. The brain and spinal cord are protected by a membrane, which can become adhered or twisted, causing repercussions throughout the body. This technique can relieve pain, enhance physical mobility, and increase range of motion, among other physical and emotional restrictions. Craniosacral work is often the solution to recurring aches and pains that are eased temporarily but always seem to come back. The treatment is quite subtle, but the sensations of opening and release can be profound. Myofascial release, the slow easing of tension in muscles and soft tissue, is also remarkably effective in alleviating chronic pain.
Both Zen Shiatsu and craniosacral are done while the patient is fully clothed, while myofascial release is done on bare skin. Abdominal massage can be a part of any session. I offer 25-, 60-, and 90-minute sessions, depending on the modality.
A native of Illinois, I spent many years in computer programming and linguistics research before moving to Portland. I am fascinated by all forms of language and communication, and I feel privileged to interact in the healing process through massage. I love to study, especially about the human body and the role of bodywork in treating both physical and psychological trauma. I am happy to collaborate formally or informally with other physical and mental health care practitioners. Clients respond positively to my good vibe and warm hands. Además, hablo español.