Education & Experience
- Graduated and licensed by the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, 2011 (750 hours)
- Certified in Orthopedic Massage
Part I - Core Concepts & Orthopedic Conditions of the Neck and Upper Extremity (50 hours)
Part II - Orthopedic Conditions of the Spine, Respiratory System and Lower Extremity (50 hours) by Tom Karis, 2012
- 6 years experience
I became interested in massage therapy in high school. When I was told that I was able to help people sleep, with their mental health, and pain, I knew I had to pursue massage, though it was never something I had thought I would end up doing. I attended the Cortiva Institute in 2011 following my high school graduation and was working as a licensed therapist by winter of that year. In massage school, I learned so much and grew fascinated with the science of biomechanics, anatomy, and biology. I started to learn that massage was more than just an intuitive practice, but a scientific one. There was a predictive element involved, there were patterns, and underlying reasons for excessive tissue tensions that could be explained by muscle actions and body positioning. Wanting to be as effective as possible in helping people out of their pain, I went on to take a great teacher of mine, Tom Karis' Orthopedic Massage Certification Course Parts I&II. In my work I seek to align intellectual understanding with the intuitive, to merge Eastern and Western thought, and to deliver something that is truly healing and holistic. I was fortunate to take a class in Brookline High called Body & Mind, inspired by the work of the Benson Mind Body Institute. We now know that pain in the body is directly correlated with out state of mind. We often divide body and mind, ironically while existing inseparably in both. I take the entirety of the person into account and encourage people to relax and meditate in their own time. Orthopedic massage is an excellent tool for addressing specifics and being effective, but it must be applied in a way that creates a feeling of safety and facilitates relaxation of the nervous system for the patient to do so. When I work on a person I am affecting their tissue and nervous system simultaneously. To be effective with one, you must put the other at ease. This is "Satya" or the truth about the body. It is a balance that I always try to maintain.
I have been working in the Back Bay for the last four years with loyal patients, many of whom are athletes, triathletes, or otherwise active people in the area, suffering chronic pain, injuries, or tension due to mental health conditions. My main concern is my patients' long term happiness, health, and being a key member of their wellness team.