Playing piano since age five gave me a great head start in bodywork. Listening with hands and ears, moving to match dynamics and tempo with the big picture, are skills developed in my musician's toolkit.
Grounded in nature and spirit --- we canoed every summer in the Boundary Waters --- I was inspired by my chemist father to study sciences. A biology degree, and a dozen unrelated jobs later, led to "why not try something for fun?" A massage course. Yes, this was it. Working manually with the human body ignited joy in me, especially when emphasizing structural problem-solving. Analyzing biomechanical patterns was a head game I could master.
But there is so much more! After eight years of working mechanically, I gave up trying to absorb more analytic protocols. While I value the foundation in structural work, it's through Somatic Experiencing(R) , that I finally grew to embrace the freedom of “not knowing.”
Playing only what's written? Not anymore. My current practice is full of improvisation, rewarding me with daily discovery, inspiration and challenge --- and yes, benefiting my clients! My steps from keyboard, to science and nature, to integrative bodywork, connect me in a theme of moving notes. Now, sitting with a client, I continue to listen for the notes between: the ones that, in relationship with the others, create harmony or dissonance, and can lead on to the next notes."