My interest in massage therapy began when I saw its benefits while working with infants and children with specific healthcare needs in the Washington, DC area. As I learned more and experienced the many benefits of massage -- from stress and pain relief to lessening symptoms of depression -- my desire to pursue massage therapy grew and I decided to change career paths.
I began my massage career in 2010 graduating from the National Holistic Institute (NHI) in Studio City, California, and continuing at NHI in 2011, completing my education in Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy.
I am certified in John Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach. This highly effective method uses a more gentle approach of long sustained pressure holds to release restrictions in the fascial web from superficial to deep.
I completed my certification for Massage for People Living with Cancer under Gayle MacDonald and Oncology Massage Intensive Course with Tracy Walton.
I am certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist with NASM and as a Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.
I studied under Tina Allen with the Liddle Kidz Foundation becoming a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Teacher. I traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe, and Shimoga, India, to teach pediatric and infant massage techniques to orphan caregivers, teachers, and parents in 2014. In December of 2017, I travel to India with Tina Allen and the Liddle Kidz Global Outreach Team to massage children and to train parents and caregivers. We worked with populations of children such as those with specific healthcare needs, with HIV/AIDS, and in orphanages. We also worked with families living in slums, in a leprosy community, and those traveling to schools or community areas to learn the healing benefits of touch.
I hold a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. I am certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.