HOW I WORK
I want as much information as possible about you so that I can prepare to meet you in your fabulous, complex entirety. Thus, a first session begins well before it begins with an intake form, sent by email, when you initially schedule a session with me. This is your opportunity to tell me anything you want me to know about you, past, present and future. I keep a hard copy of each intake so that we can track your evolution over time. These forms are kept completely confidential unless you give me your written permission to share them with another caregiver.
First sessions are focused on assessment: the visual and hands-on exploration of the unique movement, structure, texture and energetic signature of your body. In this first investigation, we create a moving, multidimensional map of your body as I perceive it and, more importantly, as you experience it.
The ongoing process of assessment is a lot like peeling an onion: nonlinear and unpredictable, as contact with each layer reveals the next perfect point of contact. What I'm looking for is a clear sense of four main areas of interest and how they interact:
1. Your biochemistry: the health of your body at a cellular level
2. Your structure, according to your particular combination of flexibility and strength
3. Scar tissue from any previous injuries that binds your body’s free movement and flow of energy
4. Emotional armoring, or any physical constrictions you experience that are holding emotional memory.
In looking for what’s moving and what’s not moving in your body, what's on the surface and what's beneath, we come to a sense of what the first layer offering itself up to our attention might be. This is where we begin.
What I offer draws on nineteen years of continual training and experience in a wide range of modalities as well as hundreds (thousands?) of hours on the table with an amazing variety of people. The work has grown into a responsive, flexible combination of soft tissue release, structural alignment, TCM-based meridian and point manipulation, Visionary Craniosacral Work, pregnancy and postnatal massage, scar tissue remediation, Holistic Pelvic Care™, the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, techniques drawn from Sexological Bodywork, Crystalline Energetics, and somatic-emotional release work rooted in Core Energetics. There is no template, and no two sessions are the same.
As I meet the body with my hands, the client meets and guides me with breath, attention, and verbal feedback, and together we work to liberate what’s stuck and witness what wants to be known.
I strongly believe that the physical body is the soul manifest. As such, it’s an honor to be given such intimate access, and my work is to show up with the skill, presence, deep respect and unconditional love that such honest revelation rightly deserves.
Within the first session, the connection between myself and the client clarifies. If we both wish to continue to work together, we make a plan. To all of my regular clients, I offer continuing guidance in planning and monitoring the progress of an in-depth healing strategy. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions - this is the peeling of the onion in action - and I maintain a referral network of therapists, doctors, and other healing professionals in order to be able to recommend trusted and capable specialists to clients for additional support as needed.
I am stoked to work with humans of all sexes, gender identifications and orientations.