Imagine if we all took the time to start with self-love, to find peace within our own body, mind and spirit. I think of it as the “oxygen mask theory”. You know when you’re on the plane and the fight attendants go through their spiel about how important it is to make sure you have secured your own oxygen mask before helping others. Well, really this is what life is like. If we haven’t learned to make ourselves a priority, to love and nurture ourself first, then how will we be equipped to do that for others?
This wasn’t an easy lesson for me. For the first half of my life, the only way I knew how to nurture myself was with food, and not in a healthy way. But slowly I woke up, to have the desire to enjoy this embodiment. As I sought out ways to connect and learn about myself, yoga and bodywork entered my life almost simultaneously.
When I began massage therapy training in 1999, I also began practicing yoga on a regular basis. My mind-body training was helping me to work with clients on the massage table and myself on my yoga mat. While the two complemented each other so well, I kept myself in the student realm for many years with yoga. It wasn’t until 2015 that I finally decided it was time to combine the two professionally and I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
My massage clients will find that I am passionate about creating a culture of wellness by providing them with the opportunity to pause and incorporate self care into their lives. I believe the benefits of massage therapy reach beyond the time on the table to help clients by decreasing pain, lowering the stress levels in the body, improving the immune response and encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself. With a background in Anusara, Vinyasa and Hatha, I enjoy teaching yoga classes that provide a creative combination of movement with a clear focus on alignment and anatomy. I am passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with my students and hope they are able to take these tools off their mat in into everyday life to provide balance and well being in all aspects of their lives.
And for these gifts, I am grateful. So I asked, “How can I serve?”. How can I can share this journey with others so that they might find the peace within. How can you put on your own oxygen mask first? How can you find the way to nourish and love yourself first and foremost, so that you are able to share that with all those around you? As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” I wish to see love and I believe that starts from within.