I devoted the first part of my life to dancing. Training started at the age of 6 in Portland, OR. I moved to NYC when I was 18 and, after receiving a BFA in Dance at NYU, danced professionally both nationally and internationally with several renowned contemporary choreographers. I explored a wide spectrum of bodywork forms throughout my career. When I discovered Zero Balancing something clicked. This deceptively simple system put everything back into its proper place, both energetically as well as physically. While the session was happening, I felt supreme relaxation, quiet and peace. When it was over, my joints felt like they had been well oiled, everything was back on track and all movement felt free and easy.
Fast forward to my first Alexander Technique lesson and the same words would apply. There was clearly a connection – something similar was going on and I devoted the next 4 years to finding out what that connection was :
- Completing a 600 hour massage program from The New School for Massage in Chicago
- Certifying in Zero Balancing a year later
- Graduating from an Alexander Technique Training Program 3 years after that
- Becoming a Zero Balancing Teacher
These systems are not meant to be integrated. They function independently quite well. Zero Balancing is a hands-on bodywork system meant to bring greater energetic organization to your structure (in this case, to the bones and specific joints in your skeleton). Alexander Technique is a teaching technique meant to improve and enhance your own awareness to your own movements and potential for change. To put it simply, in my experience, Zero Balancing can give you an experience of a lighter freer body/mind and the Alexander Technique will help you learn how to integrate that experience for the rest of your life.
A simultaneous thread of personal study has been the physical, philosophical and spiritual practices of Yoga – an ancient tradition that promises freedom from suffering if one can fully integrate the mind, body and spirit. With full integration they are not perceived as separate parts of ourselves and we are shifted into a new state of Being. I am interested in personal transformation. The only way to change the world is through changing the hearts and minds of individuals. These 3 powerful practices of which I have devoted many years of study are all vehicles towards this potential for change. Whichever therapy you choose: Yoga, Alexander Technique, or Zero Balancing you will receive an opportunity for true integration of all the many parts-of-your-self. When we feel grounded and balanced within ourselves – we can more clearly focus on our hopes and dreams. Then true transformation is possible.