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Training & Professional Background

I have been a Licensed Massage Practitioner in Washington since 1996.
I have thorough grounding in traditional Western relaxation, deep tissue and treatment massage, and advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy and Lymph Drainage Therapy. The LLCC means that I have been certified to work with lymphedema, which requires specialized training.h cinerea geometric leaf

My initial training was at the Brian Utting School of Massage (BUSOM) in Seattle (now part of the Cortiva Institute), a 900 hour intensive program emphasizing strong anatomy, good technique and lots and lots of hands on practice. After graduation I found myself irresistibly drawn to Craniosacral Therapy, first studying with the French osteopath Bruno Ducoux, then through the Upledger Institute. upledgers_iahp CST has been an integral part of my practice since 1998. In 2001 I began studying Lymph Drainage Therapy with Bruno Chikly, have completed several advanced courses, and am
certified LLCC/CDP (Complex Decongestive Protocol) by Renee Romero through the Upledger Institute. I have received WA state endorsement to practice Intraoral Massage.

Before becoming a massage therapist I received my BFA in photography from Washington University in St. Louis, where I also acquired an interest in dance and theater. I earned a living after graduation as a Nursing Assistant, Certified (NAC) for four years, where I discovered much to my surprise that I have a knack for working with people in pain. When I decided it was time for a “real job”, I decided it had to include movement, creativity, problem solving, intuition, and a measurable positive impact. Massage seemed like a good possibility, and the first time I took an introductory massage course, I finished the day saying “I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life”. I’ve never looked back.

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