About

photo & sculpture credit: Korin Houston

photo & sculpture credit: Korin Houston

 

I am a massage therapist (cert. 59209), teacher, qigong practitioner and creative writing facilitator living in Oakland, California. I am passionate about the depths and dynamics of self-expression and am guided by a practice of observing what is working well, both in people and in writing.

My relationship to the healing arts began with my own questions of how to be well in the world and I have come to believe that health is the harmony and balance of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

In 2012, I attended a Chinese medicine retreat while still living on the East coast and this began my lifelong study into bodywork* and energy medicine. I completed a plant spirit medicine apprenticeship with Sage Maurer from the Gaia School of Healing and a yoga teacher training at South Boston Yoga.

Drawn to Northern California by the richness of healing modalities, I moved to Oakland in 2013. I have studied Tui Na, Acupressure and qigong at McKinnon Body Therapy Center with Brian O’Dea, Kathleen Davis, and Jason Frye, and Shiatsu with Carl Johns and Rocco Foronda. I began teaching Shiatsu at McKinnon in 2015 and joined the Acupressure team in 2016. In 2018, I began a formal qigong certification program with Liping Zhu and have kept a daily practice since.

Paralleling my immersion into bodywork and energy medicine, I began writing regularly in monthly workshops hosted by Peggy Simmons of Green Windows (GW). I found writing equally healing as my hands-on work and it nourished my appreciation and fascination for the ways we express ourselves. With Peggy’s mentorship, I became certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of facilitation and presently hold creative writing circles that foster a supportive space for the stories within us to come to light. 

*While I am certified as a massage therapist per California requirements, I use the term "bodywork" to describe what I do because it is a broad term that encompasses all applications of therapeutic touch, from ancient Chinese medicine modalities to modern manipulation techniques.