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"To take care of my body, I must be able to listen to it, and hear what it says."  - George Sheehan, runner, philosopher

2013 Bio Edit (Her-Story Part II - post-diagnosis)

As I sit in front of my laptop staring at my blog pages attempting to edit and update, I find myself reluctant to remove my former Bio entry to make room for the new (see below).  So, out of respect to my past and all that has brought me to this moment in time, I intend to keep Part I of my story alive and well.  Perhaps it will help to inspire others in some way.

As you may have noticed, it has been awhile since I had added any entries.  Admittedly, I have experienced, and am still experiencing to some degree, a struggle with how life has changed for me since my last entries in 2011.  As many of you already know, in 2011, I was diagnosed with SLE or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.  SLE is an auto-immune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, in my case muscles and joints, resulting in chronic inflammation.  It was while I was training for my first ultra marathon, when I first experienced symptoms.  Soon thereafter, I suffered a full-blown flare eventually leading to a SLE diagnosis.

So, without hesitation, I began a uber determined plan to stay strong and fight for optimal health.  This condition was not going to define me.  This was the only way I knew...the only way I've always been with my running and marathoning...anything is attainable through perseverance and positive visualization.  As a result, my Lupus, a mild to moderate case as determined by my Rheumatologist, was in remission within 3 months, a scenario that impressed the specialists as they sited that it "must be attributed to my diet, fitness, and positive outlook."

How my story has changed...

Things are just different now.  I am still a runner at heart, but now I stick to shorter distances.  In place of long distance running, I have rediscovered Vinyasa Yoga and swimming.  The very two activities that I used to do as cross-training to support my running, have now become my primary focuses and fitness outlets.  Enter new self discovery.  Enter flexibility of the spirit.  Lessons.  Change is constant.   We must ride the ebb and flow, adjust and monitor, make oneself available for flexibility and acceptance, stay present.

How my story hasn't changed...

I am still massaging.  I am still inspired by my body's abilities, and now more than ever will refer to my friend George Sheehan's above quote, "To take care of my body, I must be able to listen to it, and hear what it says."   I have a new-found respect for the human body and its fragility.  As a result, I believe I can further relate to my clients who have experienced physical trauma or are experiencing chronic pain or a life-changing physical scenario.  I now desire to be an inspiration to others.  I am extremely grateful for everything in my life, for I know that there are many who suffer far more greatly with this disease.

As I move forward, I am ever more mindful of how I support my health in all the ways that I can.  Through nutrition, exercise, bodywork, rest, and meditation.  In order for me to continue to live a fulfilling life, nurturing balance through mind, body, and being is more important than ever.  I offer my experience to those seeking the same balance.  While it all looks different from person to person, balance can be approached the same way, and is attainable as we "listen to our bodies".

I will also become more involved with supporting those affected by Lupus and advocating the search for a cure.  I'm still figuring out in what capacity I will be putting this in motion, but please do check in from time-to-time if you're interested in following my journey.  Lupus is often referred to as "The Cruel Mystery" - a disease that is so little understood, a disease where every case is individualistic, a disease with no known cause or cure.  Please check out The Lupus Foundation of America for more information.

http://www.lupus.org/

Her-Story (Part I - pre-diagnosis)

My inspiration to pursue massage therapy can be directly attributed to my love for movement, health and body-awareness.  I am a runner.

I feel very fortunate to have been exposed to health-mindfulness at a very young age.  My parents began running marathons in the 1970's.  They were definitely ahead of the trends and held our family's philosophies in ground-breaking territories of fitness and nutrition.

In school, I ran track and cross country starting in the sixth grade and then on to college.  As the times told, in the sixth grade, I was one of only two girls on the team.  Times have indeed changed.  While I rarely placed or broke any records over the years, a physical and energetic need for movement was the fortunate by-product of my efforts.  It is while running that I feel most free and at home in my body, and most easily connected with the world that surrounds me.  It's just me, moving through space, breathing.

To date, I have run 6 marathons, participated in hundreds of road races of all distances, and most recently, I've competed in 5 triathlons to satiate my ever-evolving physical boundary curiosity.  It is my love for long distance that brings me to this point in my life as I find myself training for an ultra marathon....my next curiosity.

As I move through space in this amazing machine of mine, my mind and being are ever conscious to it's form and function.   In order to maintain fluidity of movement, I must take care of the machine.

Enter Massage Therapy

It was as I began to train for marathons when I truly connected with the importance of massage and self-care.  I became a more dedicated Yogini and I incorporated routine massage therapy into my training programs.  I witnessed, first-hand, the re-alignment of my structure and being. Thus I was able to remain injury-free and experience balance while "running the life that I love."

Massage is good health.  Massage supports balance.  Massage facilitates homeostasis.  

"Running and being" is natural to me.  I believe that connecting with others through massage comes naturally to me as well.  Throughout my life, I've continually strengthened an intuitive ability to recognize how to balance the physical and energetic being.  This is my strength, and as luck would have it, my passion.  My intention is simply to share my knowledge, life-experiences and energies with others so that we may work together to support life-balance and health in body, mind and being.


Education
  • 2007-2010 - Certified Level III Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage Bodyworker - Lotus Palm Institute - Montreal, Canada
  • 2005 - 2006 - Licensed Massage Therapist - Spa Tech School for Therapeutic and Holistic Massage - Therapeutic Study - Portland, Maine
  • 1988 - Glassboro State University - BA Education/Sociology - NJ
Continuing Education Study
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Macrobiotics
  • Ayurveda
  • Vinyasa and Yin Yoga
  • Myofascial Therapy
  • Connecting with Compressions - Reducing Strain Patterns
  • Effects of Repetitive Movement on Muscles