Massage Changed Things Unexpectedly for Me
In the Fall of 2012 I was going through a difficult divorce in Southern California. It was the worst time of my life. The whole world seemed to be falling apart.
Thankfully, I got a few incredibly relaxing massages while visiting family in Kirkland. My mom made me some appointments with her favorite massage therapist. I'm so glad she did.
The power of peaceful, therapeutic human contact made SUCH an immediate difference. I felt so much better! It had been ages since I had received safe, gentle touch.
I had been so stressed for so long. I didn't even remember what it felt like to be at ease in my body. Now suddenly I could relax and peacefully consider what to do and how to move forward. I could feel compassion for myself and my situation.
After that I studied massage therapy at Cortiva Institute in Seattle, and now since January 2014 I have been a licensed massage therapist helping lighten my clients' burdens and improve their quality of life.
I have come to understand
how the nervous system works,
how we get stuck in survival mode ('fight or flight'), and
how to activate a relaxation response by helping the body feel safe through healing touch.
Given my own experience finding massage during my divorce, I consider it a special honor to work with people going through grief or similarly painful experiences. I also feel drawn to serve those struggling internally with loneliness, self-worth, and negative body image.
EVERY body deserves a massage. We are living in a time of widespread chronic stress, touch deprivation, and loneliness. But it doesn't have to be that way. Everyone deserves access to compassionate physical contact that inspires deep feelings of safety, connection, worthiness, and belonging.
Including you, dear friend. I would love to help you along on your journey towards living a better life. Ready when you are.