I became interested in holistic healing when I was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu (South Pacific islands). I contracted malaria during my final week as a volunteer. On my way back to the states, I stopped in New Zealand to travel- but since I was sick, I had to heal first. I knew that my journey was about healing the whole self (body, mind and Spirit). I checked myself into a Bed and Breakfast in a small town called Rotorura, NZ. It was a place known for it's geothermal activity and was surrounded by Hot Springs. There were hot springs next to the Bed and Breakfast I was staying at, which became my refuge. The English lady running the B&B knew I was recovering from malaria, so she would bring me toast, fruit and tea every morning. I would take my medicine, sleep, soak in the hot springs, write in my journal, pray and repeat this cycle every day until I was better. After a week, I gained enough strength to begin exploring the town. On the first day of exploring, I found a little Yoga studio and began the first part of my Yoga journey. For the remainder of my stay in New Zealand, I practiced Yoga and meditation with my first Yoga teacher every morning and afternoon until I regained enough strength to return to the states. When I returned, I completed Yoga Teacher training at the Kripalu in Lenox, Massachusettes- where I lived for a month. During training, we started our day at 5 am with meditation and ate our breakfast in silence. We studied Yoga philosophy, Asana and pranayama seven days a week. Since 2002, I've been teaching Yoga and studying Yogic practices from a variety of disciplines. In 2017, I completed massage school and in 2019 I became a Reiki Master (teacher). I currently work at Mariie SPA in downtown Lafayette, IN.
I am also married with 2 beautiful children. Our family loves to be in nature, hike and travel.
My approach to healing is holistic. When working with clients, I spend time assessing their needs and goals to determine what type of service (massage therapy, Reiki, or a combination of both) that would be best. For example, if a client has anxiety, a YoReiMa session would be wonderful for them. The session would combine massage therapy, Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), Pranayama (yogic breathing), and Reiki, to treat the body, mind and Spirit in one session. The length of each session would depend on the client's specific needs and goals.