why i do this work
I come from a community of caring people dedicated to mutual aid and solidarity, and driven to create a more just, egalitarian, and livable world through systemic change. This work, while very rewarding, can be exhausting and painful. Many of us have burned out and have had to withdraw to recover. We often talk about how to better take care of ourselves and each other so that we can keep engaging in the work ahead. I am thrilled to bring my growing skills to my community, and to continue these conversations.
For several years, I struggled with fatigue, weight loss, and painful digestive dysfunction which led me to back out of all my projects and seek help from doctors, naturopaths, herbalists, massage therapists and counselors. I was able to get this care through clinics and practitioners who offer sliding scale payment options. I believe we should all have access to the care we need; I ask my clients to pay what they can within a sliding scale.
In 2010, I was hit by a car while cycling. Massage has been more valuable than I had imagined possible, both as support through illness and later in treatment for traumatic injury. Skilled massage therapists have supported my body’s healing process in profound ways, sometimes subtle, sometimes staggering; I have experienced huge improvements in digestion and sleep, decreased pain, increased range of motion, ease, body awareness, and emotional wellbeing. It is my experience that big shifts like this can often be supported and facilitated by massage therapy, and I am excited to play a part in my clients' healing.