Growing up in the 70's my mother preferred holistic modalities to conventional medicine. At the ripe age of 10 years old is when I began to receive professional bodywork. Trigger Point Therapy, chiropractic, herbs and homemade concoctions of various types. You name it...we did it!
As a child, I would lay on the floor in front of my father while he was sitting in “his chair” and plop my feet into his lap to receive a good ol’ foot massage from his strong hands. I now know how much this touch was nurturing, relaxing and therapeutic for me. Little did I realize I would “grow up” to do massage professionally and provide healing touch for others.
This gave me an internal awareness of my body and the ability to connect and listen to it. Today I bring this to the table with my clients, listening to their body to help with their own healing. To me a good therapist is one that can listen, with their hands, to the client’s body.
What sets me apart from other therapists is my 32 years of practice, teaching and learning, including: various massage continuing education classes, participated in human dissection labs, Midwifery assistant, attending over 40 births and worked as a medical assistant in a woman’s health care clinic.
Techniques that fascinate and intrigue me the most are Myofascial Release, Structural Integration, Deep Tissue and Craniosacral Therapy. This is where I have honed my skills and continue to take classes regularly so I can bring them back to the table, to you. To make you feel better. To help you heal.
Incorporating massage into your health routine is an essential way to keep your body and mind performing optimally. Here at Sandpoint Advanced Massage Therapy, a unique bodywork session is designed just for you. Simply tell me your goals and I will take it from there.
Massage Institute of New England - 1987-1988
Formal massage training in Boston, Massachusetts.
Balance, Restoration and Vitality for the Female Pelvis - Tom Myers and Kimberly Ann Johnson
Human Fascial Dissection Lab - Tom Myers
Structural Integration classes – Tom Myers
Advanced Myofascial Techniques – Til Luchau
Myofascial Release and Craniosacral – John Barns, PT
Strain Counter Strain – Ed Goering, DO, JSCCI, Jones Institute
And many more...
Self-care is the most important thing you can do for your body, mind and spirit. Some think of massage as a luxury; it’s a necessity. Touch heals. Remember when you were a kid and hit your shin? What did you do? You rubbed it to make it feel better. When you were sad you sought out a hug to make you feel better. Touch is a necessity of life.
Healing comes from within the client. The practitioner acts as a conduit. As humans we are an intricate weave of body, mind and spirit. The art of healing lies in the ability of the practitioner to listen, to see, to perceive, more than what application of modality or massage that is used. All therapeutic interventions are a conversation between two intelligent systems. Meaning, your body on a cellular level doesn’t know if I’m using deep tissue or Myofascial Release. What matters is how your body receives the information and processes it. To let go, or still hold on. My philosophy is to "listen" and use the many techniques I have learned to help with that unspoken “conversation”.