What I DO and How i work
I offer guidance into the physical, spiritual and energetic realms through a broad base of skills. My love is to guide you back into alignment with your true purpose and a spirit rich existence. I also truly love distilling a mystical existence into something practical and simple.
I teach versatile movement and energy practices that help you to stay embodied through Mobility and Bodyweight training, Hatha Yoga, Qi Gong and Wu Dang Tai Ji.
I align your Body, Mind and Spirit with Embodied Bodywork, Coaching and Ancestral communication from many learned and intuitive sources.
I offer stand alone Embodied Bodywork sessions, but if you want to go deeper into the work I recommend a Coaching Container.
I offer customizable containers from 2 to 6 months that we can work together on finding your path. Within this container there is a greater degree of commitment, on both ends. We can go deeper into empowering yourself with home practices (movement, Yoga, QI gong, Meditation, Journaling, etc) as well as the Coaching and Bodywork practices to give yourself the skills to heal. These containers give us a chance to go in deeper into what you already know and the means to navigate our lives with more awareness and presence. These are usually a combination of virtual (through Zoom) and hands on work in my office.
Below are some of the tools I use most often in my work.
Embodied Bodywork is what I call my hands on work these days. This might be Myofascial Release, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique, various forms of Active Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang (Chinese Visceral Qi Gong Massage), Zero Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy, External Qi Healing, a visualization technique, but always with a conversation between your body, your intuition and with me as a space holder and guide.
I am always learning and always trying to refine how I look at things and go about my work. I have found I learn a lot from getting work. This is why I consistently get work from Osteopaths and Chriopractors, Rolfers, bodyworkers, energy workers and coaches.
Everyone comes In the door with a different story and a different body, different needs and unique concerns. I try to meet everyone where they are at. I have been lucky to have a diverse set of personal experiences and clients over the years to help me hone this skill. In my own life I ground myself with my personal practices and rituals. This includes Taoist movement and energy cultivation, vigorous and not so vigorous Yoga Asana, Pranayama, ancestral communication, Sacred Medicine Ceremony and down to earth awareness. My work contains all these elements.
I have had extensive experience with chronic and acute pain issues such as:
low back pain
torn meniscus (with or without surgery)
ACL/MCL post surgery recovery
pre - surgery preparation (knee and hip replacements, spinal surgeries)
post surgerical recovery (laminectomies, spinal fusions, knee and hip replacements)
thoracic outlet syndrome
nerve impingement issues
pre and post workout/race preparation/recovery
post abdominal surgery recovery (c-section, hernia, hysterectomy)
ankle & wrist issues
post natal recovery
BodyMind or Embodied Coaching
BodyMind Coaching is about empowering individuals to understand what their body is telling them and how to listen to it. Once one goes in and listens from a space of openness an individual can hear what is going on a deeper level. When one gains access at this level they can draw upon their own wisdom to take the next steps of healing. With my guidance we collaborate to create lasting changes in one's life. I draw from a wide background of techniques in empowering the individual to get in touch with what they need to take their lives to the next level.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain-not just the source-by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch therapy, based on Cranial Osteopathy, that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It is a gentle , hands on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the Craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the Craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body's natural healing process, CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
External Qi Healing (EQH) is an ancient Shamanic Taoist Healing art. It uses the Qi (bioelectric energy of the body and the universe) to free up energetic and physical blocks in the body. This often creates a felling of wellbeing, ease, clarity and focus while energizing the whole system. It is an ancient art that utilizes the abundant energy of the natural world to help ourselves heal. It draws upon the wisdom of Classical Chinese Medicine and Taoist practices. It also is great for people who are very sensitive to touch and who find more traditional bodywork overwhelming or aggressive. This system has been passed down from Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen), 14th generation Zhang San Feng lineage, 25th generation Dragon Gate branch (Longmen sect) lineage, authorized to practice and teach the authentic Wu Dang Taoist teachings that have passed on in an unbroken living tradition for 700 years.
EQH can be beneficial for people who are feeling stuck in any areas of their lives, for those who suffer lingering pain or health issues that don't seem to go away with little to no help from Western Medicine or pharmaceutical treatments. I have found it in my practice (in conjunction with psychotherapy or somatic therapy) to be very useful for people who have been through traumatic events such as a sudden loss of a loved one or depression. It resets the nervous system allowing the body to relax, and strengthens the immune system.
Chi Nei Tsang is an Asian form of bodywork that uses Taoist concepts of looking at the internal organs, their associated meridians and emotions. It addresses the internal organs of the body with a gentle form of manipulation that frees up the fascia, lymph and nerves around the internal organs. Key in the training of Chi New Tsang is the use of Qi Gong (Qi: the Chinese concept of bioelectric energy, Gong: the continued, diligent practice of something in order to attain a high level of skill) to energetically affect the balance of the organs. In Taoist Medicine (from Ancient Chinese culture) the organs can be affected by emotions, the surrounding environment and by diet among other things. Of course it is also very beneficial for those that have digestion issues, Crohn's Disease, IBS, those who have had abdominal surgeries, or women who have had children, whether Cesearean or Natural. It is very useful for breaking up adhesions in the abdominal fascia and for making space around the organs, which is especially beneficial after pregnancy. It can be very helpful for anyone who is seeking balance and awareness in their body, mind and spirit
Tai Ji and Qi Gong teaches you how to build and harness your energy while re-establishing healthy movement patterns. It is an ancient system that develops coordination, balance, freedom of movement and focus. I teach the Wudang style of Tai Ji and Qi Gong as taught to him by Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen). It is excellent for people who are looking for balance and ease in their life, no matter what age or level of health. It is a great compliment to athletes to train with more ease and flow. It greatly improves any other physical activity while giving your mind space to enjoy the experience. It is a practice that knows no boundaries and limit of depth.
Hatha Yoga and Pranayama can help free up the physical body to make space in the joints and build your strength, balance and equilibrium. It is an ancient tool that helps cultivate the coordination of breath and movement, and for finding the balance between strength and flexibility. It opens and builds the prana (energy) in the body by creating tapas (or heat) to allow for ease of movement, access and greater control of your body and life.
Pranayama is the science of using breath and focus to help us open up our energy centers (cakras), gain mastery over our nervous system, strengthen our immune system and improve overall health.
Yi Jing (or I Ching) is known as The Book Of Changes. It is one of the oldest known written manuscripts in the world. It is based on an ancient system of divination that gives you insight and direction into the many choices we have to make on a daily basis. It also gives you self knowledge into the strength and weaknesses of your personality, your unique gifts and a path to find balance. It gives you insight into the timing and patterns of the universe and how they relate to you and your life. I'm a 26th Generation Long Men Yi Jing consultant trained under Master Yun Xian Tseng.