I have been a massage therapist and energy medicine practitioner for over 11 years but I was introduced to both as a child. My first experience with massage was when my father would put warm socks on my feet, rub them and ask, “Isn’t this the best feeling in the world?” It sure was and later warm socks would become a cozy addition to my massages on cold winter days. As a child, I used to get debilitating headaches. My mother would lay her hands on my head, place her forehead against mine and ask to take the pain away. Miraculously, the headaches would melt away so I could fall asleep.
When I learned about energy medicine in massage school as a young adult, I recognized these memories as my introduction to this type of therapy. My mother suggested I pursue a career in massage, but instead of taking her advice, I got into real estate just as the bubble was blowing up in the early 2000’s. I was good at my job but it was deeply unfulfilling. One morning as I sat on my couch, miserable and procrastinating getting ready for work ,a commercial for the Massage Therapy program at Miller-Motte came on. I thought about the 30 minute massage I had recently received as a gift and how amazing I felt afterwards. I daydreamed about what it might be like to work in such a relaxing environment. It seemed a stark contrast to the stressful world I was currently in. One month later I had quit my job and started classes! I graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Miller-Motte College in 2007. A few months after graduation I also received my Level One Reiki Certification. Reiki was such a powerful adjunct to massage I continued my training and am now a Master Level Reiki Practitioner.
I spent the early part of my massage career in Fayetteville, NC. My most rewarding experiences were working with soldiers and their families at Ft. Bragg Army base. My brother was deployed at the time and I felt like I was doing my part by giving relief to people who desperately needed it. It was there I saw the power of massage to help heal not just the physical body but mental and emotional problems also. I learned how rewarding helping others to heal could be.
Since my time at Ft Bragg, I have worked in many different massage therapy settings and my passion for helping others to heal has only deepened. I know at my core that this is my life purpose and I believe we are not meant to suffer with aches, pains or overwhelming stress. I look forward to helping you on your healing path soon!