What made you want to come to massage school? My first long term career was Early Childhood Education, which lead me to teach Preschool for 17 years. Then I helped built the spa I currently manage, Salt. I realized I wasn’t nurturing myself enough and that I needed to take care of my health. When I was younger I wanted to do massage, and it was coming back around as something I wanted to pursue. It felt like it was the natural time to do it, like a point in life where I was really ready to do it.
Give us some of your background. I grew up in small intentional community in Mendocino County, where my dad raised me since my mother left when I was little. Because my father raised me I feel like I didn’t get a whole lot of “mother nurturing” growing up, I realized this through many years of self-exploration; I feel this is why I took on this nurturing role when wanting to heal and go to massage school. I moved to Santa Barbara in 1991 for college, and I just couldn’t leave! I had kids, got married, got divorced and decided to stay here to raise my kids in this town and I have loved every second of it!
What is your favorite course? Craniosacal. I feel like the spine is the base or root of our whole system. The beginning class I took provided me with an awakened state and showed me how important it is. I want to take the Craniosacral II & III as well, I think it is a core modality to know and integrate. I am also really excited to learn Trigger Point in the fall.
What have you found difficult about massage school? I have found it challenging to work full time, go to school and be a mom. However the school always makes me feel appreciated and nurtures me. The feeling when you are there is so profound that I want to be there all the time, even though it’s a lot of work, I make it work because I know that it’s right.
What would you like to do with your career as a Massage Therapist? I am going to continue the director at Salt, but take on private clients. I would like to just work on my massage practice part time, make it flexible for me so I don’t over work myself. I manage Massage Therapists so I know how hard they work, so it’s important to me to keep everything in balance.
Any feelings on the school you want to express? I miss it and feel like SBBTI is like a family. I feel supported while I am there and I appreciate that it is diverse. Not only are the teachers diverse in their personalities, teaching style, but the modalities themselves. I love that they make you feel welcome no matter what level you are at. I feel it’s essential that SBBTI encompasses everyone’s strong points and gives them the ability to choose their education. I think that’s huge and there are endless possibilities when you have that.