I began my massage training in the spring of 1999 at the Monterey Institute of Touch in Carmel Valley, California entering a 2-year, 500-hour classical, Swedish massage training. I took course after course – anatomy, physiology & pathology, advanced anatomy & physiology, deep tissue & sports massage, myofacial unwinding, and soft tissue release. This was followed by lymphatic drainage, pre-natal massage, polarity energy therapy, Visionary Craniosacral Work, elements of Thai massage & Shiatsu, as well as trigger point therapy.
Soon, I began to assist workshops to pay for more trainings. Within a couple of years, I was leading professional training courses at MIT.
For two years, I lived at the Esalen Institute – a ‘center for the exploration of human potential’ – in Big Sur, California where I studied Esalen massage and CC Flow, assisted Esalen certification and professional development courses and was a member of the Esalen Massage crew. Since then, I have studied elements of Trager and Feldenkrais therapies, even been a model for Fritz Smith in one of his Zero Balancing trainings at Esalen.
In my practice and in teaching massage and bodywork, I have undergone countless treatments in innumerable forms through a vast array of styles and approaches. I have been repeatedly poked and prodded for pay and demonstration purposes, bent, twisted, caressed, and held, shaken, stirred, tossled, and always moved. I am in tune with my body, which has been very well-educated through many years of focused kinaesthetic practice.
Since coming to the United Kingdom, I have assisted a professional training course at the excellent – my highest recommendation – Bristol College of Massage and Bodyworkand developed thriving practices in London, Bath, and West Wales. I now lead Cosmic Bodies playshops where I teach my own five-element massage and bodywork system.
I now live at Hwdl, Lammas/Tir-y-Gafel where I reside with my partner-in-parenting and the three smaller people we’ve made. I spend most of my time engaged in self-sufficiency practices, such as natural building, organic growing, renewable energy, and permaculture design – chopping wood, carrying water…
Because what I do is unique in the UK, I’ve become what you might call a therapist’s therapist. I love practicing with other practitioners!