Having worked in various management positions in the import/export field for a number of years and succumbing to high levels of stress, I made the conscious choice to explore a field where I could have interpersonal contact and help people bring balance and joy into their lives.
In 2001, I graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado where I received 1,041 hours of training. My program specialized in deep tissue, neuromuscular, and myofascial therapies in addition to Swedish massage, sports massage, chair massage, and Chinese modalities. Each year, I dedicate time to continuing education, which has included studies in pregnancy massage, Japanese facial massage, Japanese hot stone, reiki, and various stretching techniques.
A couple of specialties I have included in my studies are Thai massage and infant massage. In 2005, I studied Thai massage in Thailand at the Lek Chaiya Nerve Touch massage school. This is a different style of massage than the traditional massage on a table. Often coined "lazy man's yoga", Thai massage has an acupressure approach and works with "chi" or life force energy. Many of my clients find a unique relief of pain and a sense of recharged energy from this style of massage. I encourage you to read more about it on the Thai massage page.
In 2007, I decided to expand my studies to include a focus on children and became a certified instructor of infant massage with the International Association of Infant Massage. Teaching massage techniques to parents has become a valuable way to spread the benefits of massage, while also helping to facilitate an important bond between caregiver and child. The practice of infant massage lead me to volunteer the past several years in Peru where I have worked with special needs children in after school programs and care centers. Since then, I have also become a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist including training with special needs children through Liddle Kidz. This has been a life-changing experience and I continue to give a portion of all massage revenues in helping less fortunate children. Click here to read more about volunteer project and fundraising efforts.
Finally, not only am I a proud member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, but I also work there as a publications advertising manager, in particular Massage & Bodywork magazine. All of this helps me to achieve a fine balance between giving bodywork and having active participation in the massage therapy community.
I am very much dedicated to helping you find ways to relieve chronic pain and manage stress. Please contact me at 720-331-6769 or email@example.com to schedule your appointment.