I bring many years of education and bodywork experience to the table (pun intended!). I offer a variety of bodywork modalities in my practice, and usually integrate different techniques within a session, tailored specifically to the needs of my client. My specialty is in the “medical” aspect of bodywork, which focuses on a person’s pain or functional problems. I believe that true medical bodywork doesn’t only utilize neuromuscular and fascial therapies, but is much more comprehensive, and also includes other manual therapies that specifically address other structures in the body, such as the viscera (organs), nerves/nervous system tissues, lymphatics/circulatory tissues, connective tissue membranes, and various ducts. When working with a client to address a particular issue, one of the goals will certainly be, to identify and care for, the primary source of the problem.
My career in healthcare began at William Paterson University where I studied the Health Sciences and earned my Bachelor of Science degree. From there, I eventually went on to pursue the field of Massage & Bodywork in which I achieved several more accomplishments.
In 1994 I completed my initial certification in Massage & Bodywork and became a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Later that same year I became a nationally certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Before that year ended, I had also earned my certification in Neuromuscular Therapy from the St. John Neuromuscular Therapy Seminars.
The following year I established and opened The Essex Group Institute for Massage and Bodywork, which was approved by the NJ State Department of Education. For eight years I was the owner, operator and head instructor, developing and teaching courses in a variety of subjects, while mentoring and certifying students as they embarked on their new career path.
Throughout the years, I continued to teach, practice and study while focusing on the “medical” aspect of the Massage & Bodywork profession. My studies incorporated a wide variety of bodywork disciplines, which included extensive work through the Upledger Institute. There I studied CranioSacral Therapy with osteopath John Upledger; Visceral, Neural, and Arterial Manipulation with French osteopaths Jean-Pierre Barral and Alain Croibier; and Lymph Drainage Therapy with French M.D. Bruno Chikly. Through doctor Chikly’s program, I earned my certification in Lymph Drainage Therapy/Lymphedema/Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy.
I have been a professional Massage & Bodywork Therapist for 20 years. I began my career in the state of New Jersey, then moved to Wisconsin and acquired my license to practice there. I later relocated to North Carolina, where I still hold my license to practice Massage & Bodywork Therapy. Now it seems that I have come full circle, as I have returned to New Jersey, obtained my license, and am now practicing there once again. I continue to study and work in the field on a regular basis.
Though I can perform many different styles of Massage & Bodywork therapies, I continue to center my practice focusing on medical bodywork cases. I address conditions associated with acute & chronic pain, physiological (functional) disorders, injuries/traumas, rehabilitation, and pain management. My therapy sessions will usually integrate various techniques/modalities to first, thoroughly evaluate my client while searching for the true source of the problem, and then, to appropriately treat my client according to the findings.
Although much can be accomplished through the treatment sessions, I believe in looking at the patient holistically, taking into consideration all aspects of their health and well-being. I truly feel that this is the best approach to take in order to achieve the most optimal results.