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“I loved this newsletter. It's great how you break down us readers' resistances to taking care of ourselves, and do it with such a sweet and gentle voice with that touch of humor. Questions like those are excellent tools for re-focusing; getting back on track with what's important and letting go of what's not.”

- Ella Jolly, Social Worker
New York City

I am experiencing, and that's ok

“I am experiencing _______, and that’s ok.”

“I am experiencing anxiety, and that’s ok.” Recently, I shared this statement with a new mama who was struggling with insomnia and anxiety (a vicious cycle, especially when you’re already deeply sleep deprived). Turns out, the “simple” practice of repeating this to herself is what helped things shift enough so that she could fall asleep… → Continue Reading

Go easy on yourself

Please go easy on yourself

Please go easy on yourself. Go easy on yourself when you forget to go easy on yourself, too. Saying this to myself as much as you, dear human. 🍃 It took me many, many years to understand and accept that I am human (what?!), and being alive during this time is bringing that back up… → Continue Reading

Trauma-Informed Massage and Bodywork: What is it and Who’s it For?

Trauma has become quite the buzzword of late, with even Oprah doing a “60 Minutes” special in March 2018 on the effects of childhood trauma. Studies and impacts that have long been explored by many pioneers in the field are now finally bubbling to the mainstream surface. We’re beginning to understand that trauma encompasses more… → Continue Reading

Cut Yourself Some Slack

These last several months have opened up my perception of how the body can change, specifically the female body! As many of you know by now, I’m expecting my first child. Somehow in the last few weeks, I’ve gone from looking “most likely pregnant,” to “she’s definitely pregnant!” This process of expansion and change has… → Continue Reading

Feeling like a series of problems to be fixed? Try this gentle re-frame instead…

On this Winter Solstice, I wanted to say hello, and share this recent post I wrote that seems to have struck a chord with people. At a time of year when expectations and stress levels can sometimes run high, I hope you’ll let this be window in to harnessing deeper self-awareness and self-compassion. Your Gentle… → Continue Reading

Foam Rolling

3 Simple Foam Rolling Moves to Gently Relieve Back Tension

Foam rolling has been a self-care love of mine for many years. Foam rollers helped me through my professional dance career, alleviating muscle soreness and tension so I could get through classes and rehearsals (though I no longer roll out my poor IT bands. Yeow!). Now as a bodyworker, I use foam rolling for quick… → Continue Reading

Pain and Shame

“Ugh, I should’ve known better!”

“Ugh, I should’ve known better!” You lifted too much. Bent too far. Stretched too long. Went too hard. Sat too long. You should have known. Or should you have? I’ve heard this so many times in my practice (and I’ll admit to having said it myself). And then I feel that subtle layer of shame… → Continue Reading

How to be cared for: A guide for Highly Sensitive People

(Part One: Getting the right physical care for you) Google, ‘Self-Care,’ and you’ll be met with over 51 million search results (!) and article headings with everything from, “7 Steps to Exquisite Self-Care” blog entries to vulnerable personal narratives (“My painful and terrifying tell-all about what happened when I neglected self-care, grew two heads, and… → Continue Reading

Massage and Bodywork do not need to hurt to be effective! So, what can work?

If I had a dollar for every time someone comes to me because their last massage therapist went too deep, or heard they hurt somewhere and proceeded to grind away at that area for the better part of a session, I’d be a millionaire (well, almost). I’m happy, and honored, to be a safe haven… → Continue Reading


Is worrying about your pain and stress making it worse?

Have you ever caught yourself panicking when something that used to hurt terribly starts hurting again, even a little bit? Do you find yourself asking yourself things like, “How bad is this going to get? What if it’s as bad as the last time? What if it gets bad and doesn’t heal this time?” If… → Continue Reading