I am a Licensed Massage Therapist with 14 years' experience, a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Certified Thai Massage Therapist. I am also certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Currently an eager student of herbal medicine, my passions are healthy people and a healthy planet. I strive to blend my enthusiasm for skilled body work, nutritious plant-based foods, organic gardening, environmentally-conscious living and the healing power of herbs to offer an avenue for health.
My favorite place to be is in the forest. I am especially in love with the Pacific Northwest. When In Ohio, you'll find me hiking or running the trails, digging in my garden or creating culinary or herbal magic in my kitchen! I maintain balance between work and play by making time for my family and friends, receiving massage and bodywork, enjoying down time to read or hang out with my kittens and exploring the great outdoors.
Questions I get asked a lot:
How long have you been doing massage therapy?
I was licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board in January 2005 and have been practicing in many different capacities since then.
How did you get started/interested in doing massage?
In my early 20’s I was in a couple of minor auto accidents (not my fault!) in a short period of time and, as a result, experienced back and neck pain and awful headaches. I pursued treatment through the usual western medicine routes and saw no real improvement and wasn’t interested in pharmaceuticals as treatment. My dad was into natural health and suggested I try massage therapy, so I did! I experienced immediate relief from my symptoms and, with regular treatments, lasting results. I also noticed that I seemed more relaxed after my treatments and quickly became hooked on getting regular massages for the physical and stress relief benefits. At the time, I was working as a social worker full time, but was looking for ways to add more natural wellness into my life so I enrolled in classes. A couple of years later I became licensed and began practicing!
Don’t you get tired?
Nope! I work hard to take good care of myself: I grow and prepare a lot of my own food and maintain a mostly healthy, plant-based diet. I try to get my 8 hours of sleep. I love to exercise! Between running, hiking, swimming, yoga, and various forms of high intensity interval workouts, I mix it up and am moving most days. I also love down time, so I strive for balance with time to see family and friends, travel, read, watch a movie, lay on the floor and play with my cats or sit in the woods and do nothing! It’s all about balance (and good body mechanics) folks.
Can massage help with… (fill in the blank)?
Probably! Stress relief, nervous, endocrine and immune system support, pain relief, increased range of motion and improved circulation... massage can help with A LOT. That said, there will be times when another modality of treatment will serve you better. We will always talk about what is going on with you before each treatment and assess the best approach. I maintain close relationships with many types of health and wellness professionals and will always refer you to who can best meet your needs each time. Many times, a combination works best.
I've never had a massage before and I don't know what to expect.
We will talk prior to your treatment about exactly what to expect and to allow time for any questions you may have. I strive to create a space of inclusion and safety. We will always discuss your concerns before your treatment and your needs will be honored.
Do you have a specialty?
My specialty is customization! Truly. This is why we discuss your needs at each treatment. I have spent many years studying, practicing and adding to my tool kit so that we can select the approach best for you each visit. I use a variety of techniques, including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, passive stretching, aromatherapy, Chinese Cupping, Gua Sha stone scraping, hot stones, Thai massage and more as needed to address your concerns each time. I also hold a specialized certification in fertility, prenatal, labor and postpartum massage therapy and I have 14 years' experience.