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- 150 Hour Certification, Thai Massage Toronto, summer 2017
- Restorative Yoga Training, Andrea Pelosi, Toronto Yoga Conference, spring 2018
- Fascial Stretch Therapy, Stretch To Win Institute, spring 2019
- 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, Passion Yoga School, fall 2019,
- with a curriculum focused on Self-Empowerment, the Divine Feminine & Sacred Ceremony
- Personal yoga practice, 10+ years
- Personal development, 5000+ hours
In my previous life, I was a full time professional photographer, and before that, a dog walker, organic farmer, and landscape gardener. I have always been a sensitive, empathetic person, drawn towards healing and movement. My wellness journey started 12 years ago, when I herniated a disc in my lower back. Once my healing was far enough along, I signed up for an Energy Exchange at a Yoga Studio in Toronto, so I could practice yoga regularly without breaking the bank. I've continued on my own healing journey ever since.
Through receiving Thai Massages, Fascial Stretch + Sound Baths among other healing adventures along the way, I have begun to heal my own body, mind and spirit, addressing years of deep layers of tension and knots, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, insomnia, chronic pain + adrenal fatigue. Naturally, I want everyone to experience this feeling.
When I first tried Thai Massage, Fascial Stretch Therapy + Sound Baths, I felt like I had transported myself to a new dimension of healing. During a transformational solo trip to Costa Rica in 2016, I took the plunge and decided to make a big change in my life when I returned to Toronto - to become a holistic bodyworker, and to continue on in my life doing both Massage and Photography. They are the perfect yin and yang for me. [For anyone interested, my photography work can be seen here.]
Originally I was compelled to train in Holistic Bodywork so I could pass on the good feelings. During my training and once I started practicing, I realized that there are benefits for the practitioner, too. In Thailand, Thai Massage is considered a meditation practice for both the giver and receiver. After I'm finished giving a treatment, I often feel calm, focused and clear. Weird, I know!
I am eternally a student of life and I love learning, reading and growing. I'm a self-help junkie. As part of my personal practice, yoga, meditation, exercise and other wellness activities are a regular part of my life. I love exchanging treatments with other practitioners. I regularly attend educational and health events, healing circles and group alchemies that correspond with the moon phases. I also host my own monthly full moon sound baths + womyn's circles! Find out about my next offering on my blog.
I am not a medical doctor and I cannot diagnose or treat any medical conditions. Holistic Bodywork is not meant to be a replacement for care through a medical doctor, or any other treatment you may be receiving. Through my experience being a practitioner, from receiving treatments myself, and through speaking with other practitioners, I have found that Holistic Bodywork can be effective at helping with:
- sore, stiff muscles (from sitting at a computer all day to sports-related)
- relaxation and stress
- fibromyalgia, chronic pain, adrenal fatigue and burnout
- back pain
- anxiety, overactive mind
- problems with attention, focusing (ADHD)
- depression, emotional blockages
- (re)connecting to one's self
- strengthening the mind-body connection
- calming the nervous system
- This is not a complete list. Please contact me with any questions about my services + if they are right for you.
In candid language, Holistic Bodywork is very soothing, grounding, nurturing, energizing and relaxing. Yes - it's this crazy mix of both energizing AND relaxing. You gotta try a session to find out what that's like! It can really help with a jump-start when you've fallen out of your gym or fitness routine, suffering from an illness, are overcome with muscle tightness, pain and tension, stress or fatigue, and when you're just generally feeling worn down and crappy. Who doesn't like laying down while someone stretches and massages you into a new state of being?!
My Zodiac Sign for those interested:
Date of Birth: July 16, 1986 • 7:00am Toronto, 43°39' N 79°23' W
Sun in Cancer
You are a sensitive person who can depend on feelings and intuition to get around in life. Possessing good common sense, you are practical and down-to-earth - mothering and protective to all. Security is important. You also love cooking, growing things, and music.
Sun in 12th house
You naturally are a giving person, sacrificing your own interests for the sake of an inner vision - what you feel is right. A born psychologist, you may find yourself counseling and caring for the mental needs of others.
Moon in Scorpio
Yours is a passionate life. Intense feelings and strong attachments make for hot times, and you are fiercely loyal. Secretive, you are not at all superficial but always get to the heart of things. This is good for business. You have a sense for power, wealth, and passion.