In 2019 at 50, I had a transformative overnight recovery from knee pain through applying the neuroplasticity tools from Dr. Sarno and The Curable App.
As a massage therapist, I was already dedicated to helping clients feel more at home in their bodies, through compassionate, therapeutic, judgment-free touch.
Now as a coach, I help clients recover from all kinds of physical and emotional pain (including years of migraines, back pain, fibromyalgia) using the tools of pain science education, life coaching, radical self acceptance, self compassion and my 20 years of experience as a queer fat activist.
I understand at a deep level what it means to have a body that is given predictions of doom and gloom just by existing.
I can help you untangle your own physiological experiences from the nocebo, fear based messaging that is running around your brain, tripping your threat detection system of pain unnecessarily.
I am dedicated to the belief that all people are born with inherent worth and value and help them find their reconnection to that wholeness and radical self friendship. Feeling better is possible, especially for folks who are living in bodies affected by systemic oppression, medical neglect, and marginalization.
My motto is liberation through understanding.
^ CMT (Certified Massage Therapist training), McKinnon Massage School, Oakland, CA 2013
^ Additional training in Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Reflexology and Cupping
^ Vodder Trained Lymphatic Therapist, all levels 2015
^ Nutritious Movement - Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist - 2019
BODYWORK + MOVEMENT
^ Beyond Pain Education: Mastering Novel Psychosocial Strategies to Treat and Cure Symptoms: Advanced Training for Physical Therapists and Other Manual Medicine Providers - Dr. Schubiner and Charlie Merrill, PT - Spring 2020 & Winter 2021
^ Psychophysiological Disorders, Continuing Education Online Course for Medical and Mental Health Professionals - PPDA, All levels, Fall 2020
PAIN SCIENCE EDUCATION
^ Motivational Interviewing for Weight-Inclusive Care Providers - Be Nourshed, Spring 2020
^ 21 Day Nervous System Tune Up - Irene Lyons, Spring 2020
^ Life Coach School Certification, completed October 2021
^ Ongoing studies in Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Stress Reduction, Intersectional Feminism, Movement Optimism, Anti-Racism....