I feel privileged and honored to do what I love for my career. My journey to becoming a Structural Integrator started When I turned 21 I packed my bags for San Diego and attended the International Professional School of bodywork. This institution had a profound effect on my approach to massage emphasizing healing ones self to help others as a main mission. After practicing for 5 years as a sports and neuromuscular massage therapist I noticed many of my clients leaving happy but coming back with the same issues, This frustrated me and caused me to head back to school to find a deeper understanding for my findings. I was opened up to Structural Integration through the work of Edward Mopin, one of Ida Rolfs earliest disciples. His emphasis on Somatic emotional awareness and developmental kinesiology propelled my practice, and gave me my answers.
Upon receiving the work my body changed completely. I was in pain every day with numbs shoulders from working long hours. After the work I had a deep understanding and education of how to work with my body to accomplish my goals instead of using it. Having an understanding of where that pain came from and how to take control of my movements if it came back gave me energy and space to explore and push myself to new physical goals. I no longer needed to receive bodywork all the time because of my pain,but instead choose to when I wanted to feel more grounded.
Although my training with Ed was powerful I found myself once again seeking a deeper understand of what was actually happening under my hands. I was going through the motions gaining long term benefit for my clients but was seeking a more in depth anatomical knowledge and more complex strategy guidance. That is what brought me to Anatomy Trains Structural Integration program. Continuing to build my hands-on knowledge and gain an anatomical communication for what I am seeing has been priceless. Taking the same emphasis that Ed put on the human emotional experience Anatomy Train’s SI work has brought new light to the series, and is at the head of the research when it comes to mapping the fascial connections. I received my second series work with a ATSI prationer and was offered a deeper look into my own body, I left feeling even more aligned and I had all the tools to continue to accomplishing my goals. Pain in the way I use to feel it is really in the past. I now have a healthy relationship with my pain seeing it not as a thing I have to live with, but an important communication from my body not to be feared.
This is why I do this work! It’s not to fix people its to help them form a healthy realatioship with the world and themselves. Its in this relationship that our truest form is unearthed and our ability to create change around us occurs.