Professional Massage Therapy for Wellness and Recovery
RN, BSN, Massage Therapist
Before becoming a massage therapist, I worked for over 15 years in healthcare research on studies related to women’s health and quality of life for cancer survivors. I received my degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and have worked with oncology patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. It was while working as a nurse that I found the love of massage! Giving a massage was one of my favorite things to do for patients.
In 2014, I received my training in Western and Eastern massage from CenterPoint’s Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School one of the most highly regarded massage schools in the Midwest. I have over 1300 hours of classroom and hands-on training in anatomy and physiology, and massage techniques including therapeutic massage and Shiatsu, as well as applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Given this extensive massage education, my background in nursing, and years of experience in healthcare research, I bring the knowledge, empathetic nature, and a great attention to detail to provide consistently exceptional and high quality massage services. I understand and practice both the science and art of massage and bodywork.
My mission is to provide high quality massage to help clients feel more at ease in and connected to their bodies. I want to reach people who have become disconnected in some way from their bodies either through illness, effects of aging, stress from mental work or over-use of technology, as well as those who want to regain a connection to the whole of themselves.
An awareness of and connection to the body is essential for overall well-being, but yet is often lost in our hectic, technology-focused society. Our societal tendency for mental overwork and our attachment to computerized tools, can make us feel like we are just huge brains walking around! Without such a connection, people may not be aware of, or ignore, musculoskeletal pain until it has become unbearable or severely limits functioning. I’m a big proponent of regular massage, to help prevent or address early on these types of problems.
I believe my role is to be a facilitator of healing–-helping to set the stage for the body’s innate capacity for repair. I think of bodywork as a way to help our muscles and other soft tissues “remember” their natural, healthy form and function.
Clients Of Special Interest
I enjoy working with all types of clients. Because I myself have benefited from massage for carpal tunnel symptoms, I have a particular passion for working with clients who struggle with issues related to repetitive actions or poor posture. I also have a particular interest in working with caregivers, whether professional or informal, since having worked as a nurse I understand the importance of self-care in order to give to others. I have taken special training to work with seniors and cancer survivors.
Universal Massage And Bodywork
5972 Cahill Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076