ABOUT MY PRACTICE
I treat acute injury and chronic pain, as well as people’s desire to move more freely in their life or their athletic pursuits.
I believe that health and happiness are most easily found when we slow down, show our bodies gratitude and seek out tools to help us find better balance in our bodies and minds. A movement-based lifestyle and regular massage are the best tools I’ve found to refine our journey. My hope is that through our sessions together, you’ll gain more knowledge of your aches and pains, learn to listen with more clarity, have more compassion for the healing process and ultimately, give your body the attention it deserves. After all, it’s the only one we get.
TECHNIQUES IN MY “TOOL BAG”
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Neuro-Muscular Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Intraoral Massage
- Thai Yoga Massage
- Yoga – RYT 200
- MovNat Certified Trainer (MCT) – Level 1
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
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WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE:
Warm welcome – we all need a little more of this.
The issue's history – an in-depth question and answer session about the background of what brings you in and what your expectations for massage are. This informs me of where you’ve been and what measures you’ve already taken. It’s helpful to me to hear you talk about your body and to hear how you define what health is to you. All of this informs my approach.
Physical assessment – palpation of the region you are having issues with will give a more specific sense of what’s going on. Range of motion or strength tests might be used to further our assessment.
Session Goals – we’ll work to achieve certain results/goals. These can be specific or broad.
Session – this is the collaborative work between the two of us to explore and discover how to effectively treat your issue.
Coaching – after a session, I will offer specific suggestions about self-care in the form of stretches or alignment cues to practice in between sessions.
Follow-Up – at follow-up sessions, we re-evaluate our last treatment, see where you are now and plan your path forward.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
How many other licensed healthcare providers do you see that give you an hour of focused attention? During our sessions, I’m attentive to you and your needs on two levels:
Holistic: The ‘Big Picture’ Of Who You Are
I’m passionate about connecting with my clients, listening intently to what you say, and paying close attention to the work we’re doing. This informs the way I recommend we work together and move forward in your healing process. We talk about the history of the issue you want to work on, and how you want to work with me. I also gain an understanding of the various movements you do on a daily basis and how your movements can be adding to your issues. With that understanding, I can offer you suggestions on how to move with more ease.
Subtle: The Microcosm Of Who You Are (How Your Tissues Feel)
When I work with you, I’m not just rubbing muscles, I’m feeling what’s going on with your soft tissues (your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) and how each of these layers interact. I feel for subtle shifts in the tissue. The quality and length of the muscle. I see how it responds to my pressure. Where it feels tight. How it changes when you engage or let go of it. This is how profound change occurs.
I am a 2004 graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle. My certification program was a 1000-hour, COMTA-accredited, intensive study of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, therapeutic relationship and cadaver lab. I am licensed by the WA State Department of Health (license MA0019609) and by the Colorado DORA (license MT0019471). I am also Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). I am a Professional Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). All LMP’s are governed by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
I’ve loved being of service and helping people for as long as I can remember. And I love working with my hands. While those attributes and desires have provided me with a wonderful life journey through several vocations, my path as a massage therapist has thus far been the most rewarding. It is extremely gratifying to see my clients’ expectations exceeded. When they are freed from physical pain, they are freed to enjoy their lives more fully. I like to work with clients who want to know more about their bodies and want to be active participants in the healing process. You can expect the utmost professionalism and focused attention with warmth and humor.
I moved to Fort Collins with my wife and our young son in 2016 after 17 years in the Pacific Northwest. When I’m not working, you’ll find me involved in some remodeling or landscaping project, trying to perfect my espresso pour or exploring our area's museums, playgrounds, parks and trails with my family. I donate regularly to organizations that support and encourage our youth towards healthy choices, movement and the outdoors.