I came to Essential in the Spring of 2009 because a trusted friend told me it was the best place she had ever worked. I have been here seven years now, and it brings me a lot of joy to look back on how my style as a therapist has evolved over the years and how the Essential Massage community has supported and shaped me.
How would you describe your massage style?
I work deep but I do it slowly. I do my best to pay attention to what the body needs, and it doesn’t always need to be challenged. I’ve always been interested in the chemical ways we respond to touch, and while I believe there are moments when a deep-tissue, all-elbows massage is the best choice, there are moments when the most productive way to help someone heal is to facilitate deep relaxation. I’m flexible and I listen.
What led you to study acupuncture?
I’ve been practicing massage for 14 years and I’ve shared space with acupuncturists in the past, and I was always intrigued by what they were doing. I’ll admit I was a skeptic until acupuncture successfully treated a wrist injury that was jeopardizing my massage career and that no amount of bodywork had been able to improve. Once I started studying chinese medicine and the worldview that shapes it, I knew it was something that could keep me curious and engaged for life. Four years of training and four grueling board exams later, I am nationally certified, registered with the State of Michigan, and I can offer that same fascinating experience I once had to clients at Essential.
If there was one thing you could tell the world about acupuncture, what would it be?
Don’t be intimidated! It will surprise you. It can help you. Even if you’ve given up on shaking off some nagging ache or anxiety, even if you don’t believe in it, even if the internet can’t tell you exactly how it works, even if I can’t tell you exactly how it works—it still works! Let yourself be surprised.
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