I am a nationally and state Licensed Massage Therapist in Baltimore, Maryland. For the past five years, I have operated my own therapeutic massage practice, specializing in integrative bodywork to treat chronic pain and tension, address athletic injury, correct postural misalignment and help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression through stress reduction. My additional certifications include Prenatal and Infant Massage Therapy, as well as coursework in massage therapy as a treatment for migraines, fibromyalgia and a variety of women’s health concerns. My current focus of study is Stress Management and mindfulness, with the goal of working with clients to develop specific stress and time management interventions to improve work-life balance and promote healthier, more effective responses to both daily and major life stressors.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan. The focus of my undergraduate studies was on depression and mood disorders, and how the experience of these conditions is expressed creatively through art, writing, and music. My background in psychology and mental health, combined with my current work in massage therapy and stress management has helped me develop a holistic, mind-body approach to health and wellbeing.
My personal approach to wellness has focused on making time for the people and activities I love, learning to accept my particular strengths and weaknesses, and running as regularly as possible.
Over the past ten years, I turned myself from someone with a bad knee and a hatred of running, into a long-distance runner and general running enthusiast. Having completed a variety of half marathons, 10-milers and other races over the years, in December of 2014 I achieved my goal of running a full marathon! In an effort to share my love of running and promote the physical and mental health benefits of a regular running practice, I spent three seasons as a coach for the Ulman Cancer Fund’s Cancer to 5k Program, helping train cancer survivors and patients to run a 5k. It’s a great program that has expanded from the Baltimore/DC area to cities like New York, Boston and Chicago. They are always looking for volunteer runners and survivors. I highly recommend you check it out if there’s a team in your area.
When I am not running or working, I love to read, watch movies I’ve already seen a hundred times, and I’ve recently discovered that gardening is both really soothing and back-breaking all at the same time. I drink too much coffee (and too much wine…). I love trying new restaurants, but even more love going back to my favorite few over and over again. I think traveling is great and wish I could do it more often, but I also really love just being at home and enjoying a quiet evening with my husband and our two furry goofballs.
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