Shiatsu as a healing art has the philosophy of “The healer is healed while healing.” Much of Shiatsu therapy involves the client and the practitioner integrating self-care into a lifestyle that extends beyond the treatment session. This philosophy fits well with my lifelong passion for wellness and learning. Over the years I have continued my personal and professional studies and love integrating this knowledge into my treatments.
After graduation in 1997, I started my practice in Linden Hills. I began reaching out in during community events like the Linden Hills festival, Joyce Food Shelf Carnival, and volunteering at the Linden Hills Co-op. Dr. Sheila Fahey D.C. was my neighbor at the Linden Hills location and we found our treatment styles were very complementary, and many of our clients came for both treatments.
I attended the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study’s 500 hour program in 1996 for Shiatsu Massage, now called Centerpoint in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. This full-time program integrated academic studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, with Western Anatomy and Physiology, as well as hands on training in therapeutic touch and Shiatsu technique. There was also a supervised clinic component and time to grow as individual healers.
I continue to reach out with occasional on-site events like providing chair massage at the MN Zoo Summer Concert Series, yearly Open Houses, and offering education or donations to many organizations like the Inspired Women’s Retreat, Linden Hills Co-op, Dragonfly Project, Harriet Tubman Alliance, Sexual Violence Center, Great River Greening, nurses at Methodist Hospital, Children’s Cancer Research Fund.