What’s one funny or random fact you’d like to share with the Body Collective Community about yourself?
I’m almost completely Deaf in my left ear and am fluent in American Sign Language.
What was your path before joining Body Collective?
I’ve been a Reiki practitioner since 2007 and a massage therapist since 2011. Shortly after graduating at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage school, I moved to Houston to pursue a clinical focus in Post Surgery, inspiring myself to open a private practice for 5 years focusing on working with post-operative care and professional opera/classical singers. Since then, I have had to come back to Austin to be closer to my family. Since moving back, I have worked at a chiropractor’s office, Rosewood Wellness, and a local massage clinic called Myo Massage and Movement.
I’ve taken multiple Myofascial Release, Pain Management, Advanced Anatomy/Kinesiology, Kinesiology Tape Certifications, and complementary courses all across Texas during this time, and continues to do so.
How did your modality aid in your own transformation? What did your transformation look like?
Reiki has helped me cultivate a sense of inner peace that I can maintain, as needed.
Massage therapy has helped me become comfortable enough with my body to help me realize that I’m transgender.
Yoga has taught me to move with what my body is experiencing in the moment and to work within my window of tolerance.
What brought you to Body Collective? Why did you choose to be a part of the Body Collective Team?
The Body Collective seems to have the same core values I have, approaching the human from a holistic trauma informed approach.
What do you love most about what you do?
My favorite thing about all of the forms of bodywork I practice, yoga included, is helping people learn to move more nutritionally and maintain their nervous system in a regulated fashion.
What can be expected from a class / session with you?
A Customized experience to meet you exactly where you are at in the moment.
What transformations do you see and help facilitate in your students?
How to perceive their inner landscape from a regulated seat.
What brings you joy when you’re not teaching?
Activism for the PoC and LGBT communities, reading, playing cello, and painting with watercolors.