Things you might like to know about me...
I have been involved in alternative health and transformational growth work since the early 1980s, first studying acupuncture and shiatsu in China and Japan and actively engaging in spiritual work through meditation and spiritual studies. For 22 years now I have had a practice based in sophisticated systems of bodywork - Rolfing® Structural Integration, craniosacral work, visceral work, and nerve mobilization. I am certified as an Advanced Rolfer™ by the Rolf Institute®, the only school founded by Ida P. Rolf and authorized to teach her work. The state of Washington licenses Rolfers in the category of "massage therapist" (my license number is 21792), so you should be able to pursue health insurance reimbursement if you have massage benefits on your plan.
I have also been a student of the Diamond Approach®, a path of consciousness work, for about 22 years also, and in 2015, following an eight-year seminary training program, I was ordained as a teacher of the Diamond Approach. Through this, I offer spiritual insight sessions for private students and also offer workshops and other teachings in the Seattle and Pacific Northwest. (More specific information on my work as a Diamond Approach teacher can be found on my website specifically for that work and on my related Facebook page).
With bodywork modalities, and incorporating mind-body-spirit aspects, I have helped clients of many ages optimize posture, find pain relief, recover from auto and work injuries, improve sports performance, decrease stress, increase somatic awareness and well-being, and uncover more of their authenticity and potential. I love to see people’s excitement and relief when something finally works to get them out of pain or open up the energy of transformation in their lives.
I have more than 2200 hours of study in manual therapy: Rolfing SI, craniosacral work, visceral work, nerve mobilization, and other modalities. My Basic and Advanced Rolfing certification is from the Rolf Institute®. I have done two Advanced Rolfing Trainings, one in 1999 and one in 2015/2016. My craniosacral training includes both biomechanical and biodynamic approaches and was undertaken with the Milne Institute, the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, and osteopathic teachers. My visceral manipulation training has been with leading European and U.S. teachers. My nerve mobilization studies have been with two major teachers of the work in the Rolfing community.
I have also studied the body through energetic approaches (I am a Reiki Master) and through Mind-Body-Spirit angles. Besides being a student of the Diamond Approach for 23 years, I completed that school's 7-year Seminary training program. As a Diamond Approach teacher, I have trained in Ridhwan Diasomatics (the breath work of the Diamond Approach), Reich's and Lowen's understanding of the body, understanding of the lataif (subtle energy centers), and am certified to teach the Five Movements practice. I have also done Will Johnson's Embodiment training and his training "The Line" that applies Rolfing work to assist meditators in easeful body alignment for sitting practice.
If you have read this far you can tell that I like to continually learn and grow. I find the body fascinating, and once you relate body and consciousness there is never-ending potential. I remain committed to professional development through regular continuing education, organizing and participating in bodywork trainings related to Rolfing SI, osteopathy, and related fields. I also continue my personal work as a Diamond Approach student, participate in advanced trainings for Diamond Approach teachers, and engage in a regular mentoring group on how the body is a leading edge for consciousness work. With all of this input, I find that my work is continually evolving and increasingly effective.
Finally, I have for many years been the Editor-in-Chief of Structural Integration: The Journal of the Rolf Institute®. Besides planning and developing each issue and keeping tabs on the leading edge of Rolfing thought and practice, I regularly interview Rolfing colleagues and others in the bodywork field for the publication, and also write my own articles. The Journal is for members of the Rolf Institute, and is also available to the general public on Amazon.
I practice primarily in Seattle's Phinney Ridge (near the Zoo, between Green Lake and Ballard), and am available one day every few weeks for sessions in Port Orchard, WA on the Kitsap Peninsula.
"Diamond Approach" is a registered trademark and/or trademark of The Ridhwan Foundation in the U.S, Europe, and various other countries throughout the world.