As a language professor at two universities in the Southeastern US, I won a massage in a raffle. I was so impressed with the potential of massage that I decided to change careers. I traded five years as a French teacher to enroll in the Atlanta School of Massage and graduated from their Clinical Program with two certificates: Massage Therapist and NeuroMuscular Therapist. After graduation, ASM offered me a teaching position, which I accepted. I spent the next six years teaching in all four programs while developing a clientele in my private practice.
While teaching at ASM, I was lucky to attend many continuing education classes, such as: Chubinsky Method of Deep Tissue Massage, Leon Chaitow Breathing Pattern Disorders, Foot Reflexology with Whitehawk, TMJ Disorders with Patrick Dewey, as well as many others.
Two of the most important workshops I attended were hosted by the International Zentherapy Institute. I received two invaluable credentials and learned powerful techniques and approaches from some of the finest instructors I’ve ever known: William “Dub” Leigh and Tom Nagle. I am a Certified Practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy and a Certified Practitioner of Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy. I am currently in my tenth year of practicing this form of Structural Integration.
In 2005, I moved to the central coast of California where I continued my teaching at Hirudaya Holistic Life Center and the California Holistic Institute, both in San Luis Obispo. In addition to a private practice, I also spent 14 months at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, where I averaged 20 clients per week.
Now, back in Alabama for reasons of the heart, I intend to serve the Birmingham community with effective and caring massage and bodywork and to offer instruction to individuals and groups.
I am Nationally Certified, Nationally Insured, and Licensed in Alabama (#3022).
I also enjoy doing motorcycle track days with my wife, making purposeful jewelry (pictures to come), and world music. I make simple and effective self-care massage tools as well.