27203 216th Ave SE, Suite 10, Maple Valley, WA 98038
Massage therapy is my second attempt at a career, and, so far, it's been a great choice. I moved to Washington from the east coast in early 2011, after leaving a 12-year career as a research scientist. I began my massage studies a couple of weeks after arriving here, and graduated from the Massage Connection School of Natural Healing in Tacoma in late 2011.
So, how did I make the jump from scientist to licensed massage therapist? I became a scientist because I wanted to help people, but that environment caused a certain level of disillusionment. A layoff in late 2010 gave me an opportunity to reorganize. I knew I wanted to help people and that I loved biology. While working with a company-supplied career counselor, I stumbled across massage therapy. I'd never had a massage, but it sounded intriguing. I made a leap of faith, and here I am. It's a good thing that I love massage!
Some of the types of massage that I may incorporate into a session include Swedish massage, deep tissue techniques, and trigger point therapy. I am certified in Myoskeletal Alignment Technique for the upper body, which is used to balance the body in order to restore proper function and prevent injury. I have also obtained my intraoral massage endorsement in WA state, which allows for work inside the mouth to assist with conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder, or TMD).
My future educational plans include completing a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification(in progress), achieving additional certification in Myoskeletal Alignment and in orthopedic massage (often used in injury treatment), and becoming certified in small animal massage (dogs and cats).
WA License #MA60263066