I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I graduated from high school and went to college for a couple of years, struggled with it, got bored with it and went adventuring instead. I roamed around and learned a few things, and had an amazing time taking pictures and getting to know a lot of people. One of the people I met while I was in LA was also from the Bay Area and was a Massage Therapist.
She was moving to LA and had one particular client who was bedridden, and she wanted to have someone take over her massage care. I told her that the most massaging I had done was for 50 cents to massage my mom's feet when I was a kid. She told me that she could teach me step-by-step how to do the massage that this particular woman needed and that I could take over for her. If I didn't want to keep doing it I could find someone else.
So for about a month I would go 2-3 times a week with her to this woman's house and learn what was needed to help her. I continued massaging this woman, learning new techniques she would teach me different things she had learned from being in and out of the hospitals. I found it fulfilling to learn that there really was a healing touch in therapeutic massage and that what I was doing was making her more comfortable.
A couple months after meeting her, another client fell into my hands (excuse the pun) after literally running into him at the mall. He became a regular client as he soon found massage helped him with some chronic back issues he was having. After those first two clients, I would regularly meet people who needed the help of a massage therapist and I felt I wanted to help them as much as I could.
I started researching schools and found The National Holistic Institute. I saved up some money and enrolled. School was an intense 5 day a week, 10 month program where I learned kinesiology in depth and how different pathologies can be affected by massage. I had hands on learning every day and one day a week I would massage clients in a clinic setting at school. I ended up graduating with 6 awards for academic achievements. Because of my competence, I was selected to be a student tutor to work with students who needed assistance mastering kinesiology, pathologies and techniques. I earned Honors with a 4.0 for all segments and loved every minute of it.
Afterwards, I decided I was in love with Thai Massage and took off for Thailand with the little money I had saved up. Literally the day after I graduated from NHI I was Thailand bound. I went to school 8 hours a day, 6 days a week for a month and received my certification in Thai Massage from TTC Spa school in Chaing Mai, Thailand. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The best thing I learned there was the culture and how amazingly harmonious the people are with each other. I strive to be as harmonious as I can with everyone I meet.
After returning from Thailand, I applied for and received California State Certification. Since then, my clientele has grown and I have met many interesting people. I love doing maintenance massage and relaxation massage, but I find it the most rewarding when someone comes to me with limited range of motion and I am able to help have better range of motion, or even better—full mobility!
I took a "Just Neck" massage course at the McKinnion Institute of Massage in Oakland in September 2013 to learn more in depth how to work on neck muscles and help with stress brought on by sitting at a desk for hours on end. There were a lot of stretches and in-depth massage techniques that have been very useful to my practice.
I went to Hawaii for a Lomi Lomi Massage course April 2014. 8 days of intensive training in Hawaiian culture and massage and I received my certification in Lomi Lomi Massage from Carrie Rowell at Kalani Center in Pohoa, Hawaii. The best thing I learned from there was to take a step back and not only to appreciate all this world has to offer, but what we have to offer to this beautiful world we live in.
This is my passion and what makes me happy, but I still like to get out and see what this world has to offer. With Covid-19 that "getting out" has limited most of us. I know a lot of people are being cautious and honoring the stay-at-home order as much as possible. It can be difficult when in pain or stressed to feel safe going to a spa, or difficult to think of driving home from the spa after a relaxing experience. Traffic and the hustle bustle of the world, especially in this pandemic, can change the mood in a matter of seconds. That's why I am mobile—to provide you with a relaxing massage experience in the comfort of your own home!
I love learning about other specific types of massage and plan to keep learning as much as I can so I can share with my clients the the therapeutic benefits they offer. The world of massage excites me. And I hope I can bring that excitement to you!