I believe each of us is the accumulation of our life experiences, in addition to, above and beyond our genetics. Our bodies reflect this totality of both our natures and our nurtures. Everything from accidents to education to adventures shows up somehow, somewhere in our bodies and beings - and especially in our emotional anatomy. Bodywork can touch so much more than your skin, muscles and bones - it can reach your spirit, psyche and soul if you want it to...if you let it. I believe it is one of the most direct avenues to healing we know.Read More
My Thai Bodywork is a fusion of Thai-style stretching, Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage. When I began working with clients using the Thai bodywork I learned in '98, it completely transformed my sessions. Clients were, and are still, clothed in yoga-style pants and tops, and there is no massage cream used in traditional Thai massage. I continue to use the stretches in modified forms depending on the goals and presenting conditions of my clients. My Thai Bodywork remains a perfect way to introduce healing touch to clients who are unfamiliar with massage and nudity in therapeutic settings.Read More
Have you ever wanted someone to walk on your back? I have had more clients than I can recall tell me how their Dad used to ask them to walk on their back, or how they used to ask their own kids to do it. It seems as though many people intuitively crave another human being to stand and walk on them!Read More
Begun under the auspices of The Body Politic, LLC, in 2008, as a way for me to pass on my professional knowledge to fellow massage therapists, and engage in my love for teaching, the TBPCE/MBBMC now represents the 'coming together' of the many facets of training and experience in Massage, Bodywork, Body Psychotherapy and Life Coaching.Read More
I have been teaching My Thai classes for NCBTMB continuing education credits for 5 years. My classes are very hands-on learning oriented and need to remain small in number in order for me to deliver high-quality teaching. I believe in using humor and individual attention to maximize the student learning experience.
I offer 3 versions of the My Thai Fusion Bodywork class: the 1-, the 2- and the 3-day formats. In the 2- and 3-day classes, students learn supine and seated position stretches and bodywork, and 'test-out' on volunteer clients the final afternoon. In only the 3-day class is sidelying and prone position protocol taught as well. The 1-day class involves only the supine material, and there is no testing-out.Read More
Psychology of the Body, 2nd edition (2013), will be the basis for this class for massage therapists. The writers of the book, Barbara Goodrich-Dunn and Elliott Greene, were my trainers in the 4-year, 600 hour program at the Washington Institute for Body Psychotherapy, and have both trained in the 1970's at the Potomac Massage Training Institute. I present their notion of the bodymind - the inseparable body and mind - that exist energetically in us and take form in all layers of our tissues. I use their language to describe the ways in which our muscles hold the tension patterns of the bodymind - called armoring - and their photos and graphs to describe and explore the various defense patterns developed from birth on thru our formative years. Finally, as a group, we pair up and use the techniques demonstrated in the text to put all the concepts into an embodied form thru hands-on practice and review.Read More
The Friday Night Book Series will use 6 Friday nights (not always consecutive, given holidays, etc.) to look in depth at various texts that are bodymind centered in subject matter (the intersection of massage, bodywork and psychology - often referred to as somatic psychology or body psychotherapy).