I was raised to value nutrition, fitness, personal growth, curiosity, creativity, and a deep respect and fascination for Nature.
Backpacking and cross-country skiing across the Sierra-Nevada wilderness, bicycling country roads, Kajukenpo classes, National Geographic magazines, music and muddy creeks filled my childhood.
My mother learned Shiatsu as an elective in Physical Therapy school, and taught it to me when I was 10. Providing Shiatsu to friends and family was a natural, casual impulse for me. Yet, it wasn't until I was 20 when I learned I could do it for a living.
I then found the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, where I was gifted a session of Shiatsu, Tui Na and Jin Shin by a student. By the end, my entire being rang with a thunderbolt of clarity that this was my life's path.
At 21, I moved to Berkeley to complete 1,000 hours at the Acupressure Institute in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Taoist Philosophy, Eastern and Western modalities of Therapeutic Bodywork, and Complimentary Healing practices.
I began my professional practice in 1995 and continued exploring ways to improve the human condition.
Learning -and experiencing- the TCM concept of how environment affects the health of our mind and body compelled me to Advocate Responsible Environmental Stewardship as part of my practice and lifestyle to be part of the solution so we're not part of the problem.
In 2003, I spearheaded San Francisco's first biodiesel co-op and fueling depot to curb dependence on fossil fuels, CO2 emissions, global warming and conflict related to oil trade.
I spent many years providing Soft Tissue Mobilization to enhance patient outcomes in several chiropractic offices, and at large companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley as an Integrated Wellness Provider.
I performed Sports Massage at numerous marathons, centuries and triathlons, and Therapeutic Bodywork at dozens of Wellness, Transformation, Dance and Festival events around the Bay Area, several of which I co-produced.
In 2011, I returned to college and graduated with High Honors in Associate degrees for Psychology, Social Science, Liberal Studies and a certificate in Applied Biotechnology as a matter of personal interest and to expand my competencies to add value to my service.
Having Manual Therapies as a regular part of my life since I was 10 has blessed my health in countless ways.
I can say with authority that it's the most comprehensively beneficial Human Health Technology available to us.
Sadly, 27 years of professional practice has shown me that 99% of people can't afford this vital service as often as needed for optimal health.
Knowing that making it accessible to everyone will profoundly improve individual health and society at large, I began training couples, families and peers so everyone can enjoy the countless benefits of exchanging this Essential Health Care as often as they need with people they know FOR FREE.
Since COVID halted my in-person classes, and made this Life Skill more Essential than ever, I plan to offer it through Online Training.
...Imagine a world where everyone gets
enough quality Therapeutic Bodywork!
My current priority is creating Online Training in a simple but powerful method for preventing and reversing degenerative diseases and improve health potential and quality of life. Click below to learn more about this and my other projects.