My earliest memory of doing massage is from a theatre summer camp when I was 15 years old – I have a clear memory of a counselor saying to me “You’re already good at doing backs – can I teach you how to do hands?”
My two career paths have been in theatre and health. I have worked as a theatre technician – on Broadway, touring the world with modern dance companies, in movies and on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. However, I was always rubbing shoulders at work, and one day someone said she heard I could ‘fix’ her neck.…..
So, after all those years of instinctual rubbing, in 1994 I went to a 900 hour program at The Florida School of Massage and became a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. In 2006, I became licensed to do acupuncture in New York. In 2013 I was licensed in California as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. I also teach Deep Tissue Massage and Anatomy and Kineseology at The Hands on Healing Institute in Tujunga – a school I helped open in the late 1990’s.
Do you recall the game where three people are walking together, holding hands, and the outside two swing the inner one way forward? That middle person gets so much farther along with the help of the people surrounding her, and the people who helped her can continue on their path, and get a little forward momentum themselves. I am very lucky – my job is to be the person who has the energy to swing someone else forward.
I love my two career paths and their similarities. Theater at it’s best enlivens and brightens the world around us, and reminds us of our common humanity. As a health care worker, I take care of one human at a time, helping contribute to their individual lightness and brightness. Effective massage offers your body options for greater ease and organization. Acupuncture improves the overall balance of the body, so that the body’s genius can heal itself. With better physical function, we can feel calmer and happier, and there is a ripple effect of ‘better’ out into the world at large. Bodywork is peacework, one person at a time, on physical and energetic levels.