As an Integrative Wellness Specialist, I believe in a holistic approach to wellness and an idyllic state of being. A compilation of practices fall under the umbrella of self-care that empower us to be in charge of how we feel and how we function. Self-care rituals include connecting with nature, creating a personal mantra or positive affirmation, exercise, conscious breathing, healthy food choices and rest. Stress-management and reduction of excess inflammation are aspects of our physical, mental and emotional health that the above practices serve to manage.

In 1999, pregnant with my second child I was gifted a prenatal massage from my step-mother. A gift much greater than the massage itself was life-changing for me. My children preceded my studies and are my greatest muse. I am blessed with the fortuity to blend acupuncture, bodywork, skin therapy and meditation into a life practice. Sharing a method and means of self-care leads to greater care of ourselves, our family and our community promoting wellness and livejoy on a much larger scale.

I obtained a Masters degree in Acupuncture from Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. Acupuncture is based on the theory that within the body there are pathways along which our Qi (energy) flows. A physical, mental or emotional blockage may disrupt this energetic circulation resulting in pain, dysfunction and disharmony. The application of acupuncture needles beneath the surface of the skin restores the flow of energy, alleviates pain, reduces inflammation and activates our innate capacity to heal.

Needle-free techniques (acupressure, massage, cupping, warm stones and heat application) may be used independently or combined with acupuncture to relax our sympathetic nervous system and promote healing. When we perceive a perilous situation this aspect of our nervous system takes center stage and systems of wellness recede. We optimize physiological functions relating to digestion, metabolism, immunity, hormone balance, filtration and reproduction by releasing and managing stress on a daily basis.

As a child I dreamed of being a therapist and always loved psychology. I loved listening to people, hearing their stories and still do today. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and graduated from Essex Group Institute shortly thereafter, receiving a national certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Stress reduction is a profound and nurturing effect of intentional healing touch. In an atmosphere of serenity and non-judgement we enhance our ability to surrender into a deep state of relaxation, meditation and affirmation. A holistic effect of bodywork is the decreased dichotomy between body, mind and spirit.

Completing 200+ hours of teacher training with additional certifications in Trauma-Sensitive and Restorative Yoga led me to assist special consideration children and adults in developing their personal yoga practice. We all possess the capacity to attain our goals irrespective of our differbilities, the journey may be different but the summit is the same. Supplemental trainings afforded me the opportunity to expand my outreach. As an Exercise Specialist for people with cancer I am able to work safely and constructively with individuals affected by cancer on a physical, mental and emotional level. Incorporating the healing modalities of acupuncture, bodywork, meditation and skin-care serve to collectively offset or reduce the adverse side effects of cancer treatment.

Esthetics is a physical science that involves the health and appearance of the skin. Because skin-care is an integral component of self-care I was eager to endeavor on this course of study pursuing licensure in Esthetics. Keeping the skin healthy and intact is essential for maintaining a strong immune system. Hydration, exfoliation, nourishment and tonification transform and preserve the skin for its optimal health. Our outer layer is a permeable soft shell that serves as our first line of defense against invasion of pathogens into the body. Therapeutic touch to the face, neck and scalp also aid in reducing anxiety and depression. There are specific pressure points that lift the spirits, promote relaxation and foster mental clarity. Premium quality products, modern skin technology and professional consultation work in conjunction to renew the skin and support inner peace.

Serving others is an intrinsic part of human existence and a significant part of my life. Giving something of ourselves, however small, reinforces the notion that we are part of something much greater. It is an affirmation of how we are connected with more in common than in contrast. It is a gesture that lasts beyond the duration of service with a beautiful rippling effect as many lives are touched. Being a person of service is a wonderful way to stay grounded and gracious. My greatest inspiration to serve others comes from women in my life: my mother, birthmother, sister and daughter. Witnessing their individual display of altruism, gratitude and humility has fueled in me a passion to be faith-full, peace-full and thank-full.

“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Desiderata.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920