In 1999, I was gifted a prenatal massage from my step-mother. A gift much greater than the massage itself was life-changing for me. I knew at that time what I wanted to do in my life. I am blessed with the fortuity to blend bodywork, skin therapy, meditation and yoga into a life practice that promotes livejoy and wellness inside & out.
As a child I dreamed of being a therapist and always loved psychology. I loved listening to people, hearing their stories and I still do today. In 2001, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Montclair State University. I graduated from Essex Group Institute shortly thereafter and received my national certification in therapeutic massage and bodywork. I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training curriculum with emphasis on therapeutic and restorative yoga. Assisting special consideration children & adults in developing their personal yoga practice has been incredibly rewarding.
Supplemental training has afforded me the opportunity to expand my outreach for massage, skin-care and yoga. As an exercise specialist for people with cancer I have the ability to work safely with individuals affected by cancer on a physical, mental and emotional level. Incorporating the healing modalities of massage, skin-care and yoga collectively offset or reduce the adverse effects of cancer.
As a licensed esthetician I view skin-care as a natural extension of my practice. Aesthetics is a physical science that involves the health & appearance of the skin. Hydration, exfoliation, nourishment and tonification transform & preserve the skin for its optimal health. Our outer layer is a soft-shell that is our first line of defense against pathogenic invasion. Keeping the skin healthy & intact is essential for maintaining a strong immune system. Therapeutic touch to the face, neck and scalp also aid in reducing anxiety & depression. There are specific pressure points that lift the spirits, promote relaxation, foster mental clarity and have an overall effect of improving one’s mood. High quality products & modern skin technology work in conjunction to renew the skin and support inner peace & well-being.
I am currently pursuing my licensure in acupuncture at Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is an ancient form of health care and disease-prevention that dates back thousands of years. 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 & disharmony. The application of acupuncture needles beneath the surface of the skin restores the flow of energy alleviating pain and activating our innate capacity to heal.
Serving others is an integral part of our existence and a significant & rewarding part of my life. Giving something of ourselves, however small, reinforces the notion that we are all part of something much greater. It is an affirmation of who we are, all 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. Service is a wonderful way to stay grounded and gracious. My greatest inspiration comes from the 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 & thank-full.
“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer
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