I moved to Bend in the summer of 2015 with my family. It has been a multi-decade transition from tourist to resident. In addition to enjoying easy access to all of the outdoor activities we enjoy, we are so happy to have traded 300 grey days a year for 300 days of beautiful sunshine! I am excited to bring my education and experience to the Bend community.
I have been fascinated with learning about the body since I started learning the names, locations and actions of my muscles while cross training for ski racing in high school. I transitioned my senior year in high school from ski racing to road racing. As a bike racer, I was first introduced to massage. I knew at the age of 17 that I enjoyed using my hands to help the body move with more ease and efficiency.
After many years of traditional deep tissue and sports massage in private practice and through my work as a soigneur with elite bike racers, my interest in working with the body was still very strong, but my own joints were not willing to support a lengthy career as a massage therapist.
But, even though I knew that I couldn’t continue with the work I had been doing and was looking for a new manual therapy, I dismissed Bowenwork when I first encountered it. In fact, it took 15 years for Bowenwork to appear in front of me again in a way that I could not ignore and was ready to explore.
I was the most suspicious and skeptical Bowenwork patient. I had spent so many years working from the paradigm that you find the sore spot or the contracted muscle and you apply pressure, often a lot of pressure, right on that spot. I had been on a plateau with an injury where I had been receiving very traditional work from an LMT, a DC and a PT. As much as my brain did not want to believe in Bowenwork, my body did.
And, even though I had felt the benefits of Bowenwork in my own body, I still did not believe that a manual therapy that worked so superficially could be so beneficial. Then I took what I learned in my first Bowenwork weekend workshop to my clients. And, it really did work. And, it really didn’t hurt my clients, or me. And, the research is now showing that the superficial fascia is much more important in influencing the structure and the function of the body than previously understood.
It is time for a paradigm shift away from the “more pain, more gain” approach to manual therapy. The superficial fascia is ubiquitous and it is interconnected with all the deeper structures in the body. Bowenwork directly affects the superficial fascia in a way that deeper manual therapies do not.
I still treat people who come to me with pain and loss of function due to accident, injury, work challenges or lifestyle choices. But, I am continually amazed that I can now help people with Bowenwork to reduce or eliminate symptoms of insomnia, digestive challenges, asthma, vertigo and other symptoms that would have been “untreatable” as a traditional massage therapist. My passion for Bowenwork has only grown since my first weekend workshop and I am regularly blessed to witness the depth and breadth of healing that my clients have experienced.
My interest in restorative yoga evolved out of my lengthy list of injuries. I started practicing yoga in the early 90s just before I started massage school. At that time, I did yoga at classes. Now, I rarely go to yoga classes. My daily yoga practice is at home and restorative yoga is at the heart of that practice. Restorative yoga is extremely beneficial as its own stand alone yoga practice, and it synergistically deepens and extends the healing benefits of a Bowenwork session.
Both Bowenwork and Restorative yoga get the body and the brain out of the “fight or flight” response and into a state of “rest and renew”. It is only in this place of relaxation that healing can occur. Bowenwork and restorative yoga are the perfect antidotes to the mental and physical stresses of modern life, whether you just want to relax or you want to increase your ease and efficiency at work or play.
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