Giving and receiving bodywork continually brings me back to the simple and profound truth: We need touch. Massage has the ability to nourish and hold us, bringing us in tune with ourselves on multiple levels.
My approach to bodywork 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 fourth year of my studies in a dual degree program for a Doctorate of Science in Oriental Medicine, particularly classical Chinese medicine, and a mindfulness-based Masters of Science in Integrative Mental Health at the National University of Natural Medicine.