Giving and receiving bodywork continually brings me back to the simple and profound truth: We need touch. Therapeutic touch has the ability to nourish and hold us, bringing us in tune with ourselves on multiple levels.
My approach to hands-on work is infused with the belief that the body contains an inherent wisdom to heal itself. This mindset is the common thread in most natural medicine systems. I don't believe in coercing the body into a state of discomfort in an effort to "fix" it, but rather to move in the direction of ease and free up restrictions that are ready to let go. If we can aid the body in falling into a state of deep relaxation, into the "rest & digest" mode of the parasympathetic nervous system, we are giving ourselves the chance to heal. My work is truly holistic, incorporating a variety of modalities, to interweave the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves that lend to our multi-dimensional humanness.
The amazing thing about our hearts is that they continue to expand as we grow. My path has been non-linear - a poet and musician, a traveler, a teacher of language and literature. Entering this field of holistic medicine was a simple, clear “Yes” for me, only emerging once I’d received the gifts of a few accidents and the visceral sensation that life is indeed finite.
Additionally, my work is informed by my multicultural background. My lineage spans three continents - with my recent family coming from India, Ecuador and Puerto Rico. I truly believe that my love of traditional healing practices from around the world is intrinsically tied to my diverse background, to growing up hearing three languages spoken, one day eating my paternal grandmother's chai and parantha and the next my maternal grandmother's arroz con dulce and torta de platano. I am deeply indebted to my parents, my grandparents and my ancestors who have encouraged me along this healing path. This work is not mine, but ours.
Deep respect, gratitude and humility to the healers of different lands that have shared their medicine, wisdom and stories, particularly from the traditional practices of Central America and East Asia, which inform my heart and life's work. My intention is to practice with integrity, clear eyes and open heart, in service of those needing reproductive healing and support.
In addition to practicing bodywork, I am in my fifth and final year of my studies in a dual degree program for a Doctorate of Science in Oriental Medicine and a mindfulness-based Masters of Science in Integrative Mental Health at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I am excited to see how the next phase of life in practice unfolds.
National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR, Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine, 2013 - expected 2018
National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR, Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health, 2015 - expected 2019
Oregon School of Massage, Portland, OR, Massage Therapy Track, 2014
Portland State University, Portland, OR, Master of Education, 2008
Herbal Medicine for Women - Instructor Aviva Romm, MD, Distance Learning, 2017 - present
Daishi Shonihari (Japanese Pediatrics) - Instructor Junko Shuto, LAc, TJM Seminars, Portland, OR 2017
Shan Ren Dao Retreat - Instructor Tamara Staudt, ND, LAc, Gaston, OR 2017
Visceral Manipulation: Level I - Barral Institute, San Francisco, CA 2017
Certification Training: Level III - Instructor Rosita Arvigo, Arvigo® Institute, San Ignacio, BZ 2017
Chinese Herbal Preparation Course - Instructor Heiner Fruehauf, LAc & many others, Mount Emei, China 2016
Chi Nei Tsang: Level I - Instructor Saumya Comer, Portland, OR, 2016
Advanced Training in Pregnancy, Instructors Rosita Arvigo & Donna Zubrod - Arvigo® Institute, Racine, WI 2016
Japanese Meridian Therapy Mentorship - Instructors Bob Quinn and Daniel Silver, NUNM, Portland, OR 2015-2016, 2017
Eagle’s Wing Intuitive Healing Mentorship - Shayne Case, Portland, OR 2015-2016
Healing Trauma: Gemstones & Meditation - Shayne Case, Portland, OR 2015
Express Yourself: Flower Essences & Writing - Shayne Case, Portland, OR 2015
Professional Care Training: Level II - Instructor Cathy Lipsky, Arvigo® Institute, Portland, OR 2015
Self-Care Training: Level I - Instructor Trudy Zimmerly, Arvigo® Institute, Manzanita, OR 2015
Myofascial Release Mentorship: Moving Mountain Institute, Portland, OR, 2014
Craniosacral Therapy: Level I - Upledger Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2014
Acutonics: Level I - Acutonics Institute, Portland, OR, 2014