How did you get into massage? What’s your story?
I originally went to UW for a BA degree in Communications where I mainly studied web design, graphic design, and social media use. Then, I went on to pursue my Master’s degree in Information and Communications Technologies with the intention of teaching web design at a college level. Things can change just like that, and my dad’s illness had severely progressed halfway through my Master’s program, leading to him passing away in July of 2017. I got into massage school shortly after. I found massage to be very therapeutic and truly felt inspired to help others heal. I had been exposed to massage growing up since my mom is a physical therapist. Being a competitive golfer as a child and teenager, whenever I had a spots related injury, my mom would help massage my injuries. I always had a fascination with muscles because of this and thought that massage would be the perfect fit for me.
Where did you train to be a massage therapist?
I went to Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington. Its reputation as one of the best massage schools in the area and the length of the program were the two biggest factors for me. I didn’t just want to just be doing relaxing massages- I wanted to be able to help treat injuries and perform medical massage therapy.
What aliments/ conditions do you most effectively treat?
Two common areas of the body stand out to me as my “favorite” affected areas to treat- the upper back/ shoulder/ neck area, and the hip/ glutes region. There are so many muscles and other structures in both of these areas that can cause a wide variety of problems. I like to work with the client together as a team to get to the bottom of what’s going on with their body and how we can effectively treat the cause. After just going through pregnancy myself, pregnancy massage is something that I have recently became highly experienced with.
What is your personal philosophy when it comes to massage?
My personal philosophy with massage is that healing starts with how you feel on the inside. Massage is a great way to change how you feel on the inside while treating areas of tension and pain in your soft tissues. So much stress is held in the body and can hinder your body’s natural healing process.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not massaging people? What are your hobbies?
I really love the outdoors and anything that takes place outside. I’m also a new mom to a 4 month old baby girl Luna. I love to spend time with my family by going on walks, hikes, and runs. I’m a pretty active person and love to challenge my body on a constant basis. I also really enjoy cooking and baking. I would say that Thai food and Mexican food are my favorite cuisines to make while breads and pies are my favorites baked goods to make. I also enjoy crafting soaps. Games are also a big part of my life. My boyfriend and I play competitive foosball, so sometimes we will travel to different states to play in big tournaments. I also really enjoy video games and strategy games. I’m a huge nerd at heart! Also, I LOVE to dye my hair, so don’t be surprised if I have a new hair color since you last saw me.