I spent my childhood and early adulthood as a competitive athlete and outdoor lover. After college I moved to Colorado and began my love affair with mountain culture, including the sports and activities that draw and keep so many people there. In the last 20 years I’ve rock climbed, mountaineered, kayaked, snowboarded, skate skiid, mountain biked, glicaded and slowly walked my way through much of the Rocky Mountain Beauty.
By my mid-twenties, some injuries caught up with me and I began exploring manual therapy including massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture, as well as body practices like yoga and tai chi to help heal, recover, and transcend the limitations that were starting to take hold.
I became a massage therapist in 1999 and continue to train in ever more sophisticated approaches to structure, functional and physiological health—including the Rolf method of Structural Integration, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. I’m currently enrolled at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in their part time program in Vancouver, BC.
My passion is learning how to assess and understand how each individual experiences health, function, and well-being in their body, and then being able to apply techniques and method to not only help optimize these areas of their life, but also help them understand themselves better so they are able to take more action and responsibility for their own health. So besides using various manual therapies to support positive change for the people who come to see me, I’m always just as strong in supporting them to cultivate a body/movement practice that creates a lifestyle of greater health.
In the past I’ve consistently recommended vibrational massage devices and foam rollers, and now Rolling Forward has created a product that efficiently combines both, leading to a more thorough and quicker self-treatment to not only help release tension in the muscles and fascias of the body, but also down regulate or inhibit the spinal nerves to help bring about a parasympathetic state in the autonomic nervous system. The translation is that your body enters the rest and repair state that is required for optimal recovery.
There will be some people with medical conditions where some—if not all—use of this device would be contraindicated, but the vast majority of people that I see as patients would greatly benefit from this innovative new product.