To inspire curiosity in my clients about how to work with their bodies,
and to provide community healthcare with a social conscience.
I serve my communities through 3 distinct goals:
1) Individual self-empowerment through health-empowerment.
2) Low-income rates are available for all services (please inquire).
3) Fundraisers for community programs that assist high need populations.
Why the Octopus?
I am often asked this question and my answer is simply that it is a magical creature. Octopus are naturally curious and highly acute. I chose this iconography to encourage a similar attitude in myself and my clients. The octopus applies its incredible intelligence to adapt to its environments and navigate various situations. In particular, they draw on their problem-solving skills in times of stress, and they are incredibly skilled at observational learning. They offer us a great example to follow.
In 2005, I began studying Reiki as a self-healing tool, which is how I teach it today. My training coincided with a time when I was experiencing deep personal struggle. Reiki became a spiritual meditative practice, helping me to develop stability, strength and peace of mind. While attending the University of Toronto (2003 – 2007), I had many life-roles to fill; student, caregiver, mentor, partner, employee, sister, etc. I didn’t have a lot of resources or support networks at the time and was only beginning to understand the need for self-care. This was the first step forward in what is now my life’s work.
My professional experience has always been within community-based programs, and I enjoy serving as a supportive worker. I also love teaching because it allows me to use my creative talents to help empower others. My personal approach to treatment and health involves sharing knowledge and learning together. Expression, awareness and health go hand-in-hand. For me, healing arts serve as an artistic expression through which I can effectively share and communicate with others.
While living in Vancouver in 2009, I decided that it was time to expand my skills and decided to study Shiatsu massage. It seemed like a logical progression to move into a modality where the concept of healing with my hands was relative. I studied at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, and graduated with honours. The addition of this modality renewed my sense of commitment for the compassionate nature of holistic work. I pride myself in being a perpetual student, always wanting to learn more, especially within the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I come from a background of modest means and always strive to do the best I can with what is afforded me.
I welcome all people in need of treatment or support, though my areas of speciality include:
I look forward to working with you!
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