I am a state certified massage therapist who specializes in working with elders at their place of residence. I have been in practice for over 15 years working with such communities as Moraga Post-Acute Care, Atria Valley View, Byron Park, and the Reutlinger.
Many of my clients have medical challenges which include Alzheimer's, Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson's, Osteoporosis, and depression.
For over a decade I worked as a massage therapist at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa as well as an activity director in various skilled nursing communities.
I am a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
My professional training is from:
- The McKinnon Institute in Oakland
- The Acupressure Institute in Berkeley
- The Massage Therapy Institute in Davis
In the following areas:
- Acupressure for pain management
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue
- Massage for frail adults with medical conditions that require specialized care, and/ or who are on hospice
- Oncology massage
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Therapeutic touch
How I Work, My Mission and Philosophy
I believe massage is miraculous and can work wonders. Massage can touch and heal in powerful ways that words cannot. With a nurturing heart I seek to create a space of comfort and care where well-being, peace, and wholeness can be restored.
Most important and central to my work are love and presence. I believe that only through love and presence can healing at the deepest level be facilitated.
In addition to relieving sore, stiff muscles, my intention is always to facilitate a feeling of connection so that each person feels seen, heard, and cared for. My hope is to bring more peace, joy, and brightness into each life I touch.
On a Personal Note
I am a world traveler, published poet and writer, artist, gardener, hiker, lover of animals and nature, and voracious reader with an interest in almost everything from health and medicine, to psychology and spirituality, to world art, poetry, literature, and philosophy. I have a B.A. in the Humanities.
My book entitled Creating a Rich and Meaningful Life in Long-Term Care: A Guide for Family Caregivers and Elder Care Professionals (Apocryphile Press, 2017) won the 2018 Caregiver Friendly Award by Today's Caregiver Magazine. For more information, please click here. This collection of stories contains practical tips, guidance, and suggested programs that serve as a guide for family caregivers and eldercare professionals in illustrating how to make the lives of their elders richer and more meaningful.
HeartSong also provides activity therapy services.( For more information, please click here.)