I am passionate about living a full, authentic life, and helping others to do the same.
I have been serving in helping professions for 25 years. A large majority of that was in formal institutional church ministry positions both in the United States and abroad. I have worked to teach, lead, empower and facilitate healing, growth, and development of bodymindspirit in students, couples, women, and men of all ages, ethnicity, and religious backgrounds.
After spending 20 years working primarily with mind and spirit development, I felt the significant absence of attention to body in the healing journey of people I was working with.
After a car accident several years ago, I was introduced to CranioSacral therapy (CST) for my concussion, whiplash, upper back pain and adrenal fatigue issues. Immediately I knew this was my missing piece. Shortly after my recovery, I jumped into massage therapy and CST training with my specialization in CST and the Esalen Massage modality. I started my business, Balanced Living, and have built a thriving CST and Esalen Massage therapy practice over the last few years with referrals from a local chiropractor, acupuncturist, LMFT, Medical Qi Gong Master, and a Spiritual Director. My work is holistic and bodymindspirit attentive. I love holding space for clients to tune into their inner wisdom as we create safe space together for the bodymindspirit to move in its innate ability to heal and self correct. I love this work. My primary practice is in Visalia, CA, M-F. I also have an office in Carmel, CA two weekends a month, Friday through Sunday.
I am the mother of four children. I have home schooled all of them for the last 14 years and counting alongside ministry and work positions. I also teach mindfulness classes and workshops for high school students and parents at a public charter school for the last six years.
From years of ministry experience, speaking, organizing, leading and facilitating small groups, retreats, and overseas outreach projects, I have a heart and the experience to lead retreats and group life coaching sessions with a focus on whole bodymindspirit wellness. It is my dream to be leading these retreats abroad.
Skills and training include: BS in Theology and Women’s Ministry and 20+ years of field work. Certification in Esalen Massage Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy training: CS1, CS2, SER1, CS Dissection Course, two years and counting actively mentored in the Upledger CS mentorship program. Teaching Mindfulness and Spiritual Development to high school students and adults. Leading and facilitating group life coaching and retreats with emphasis on bodymindspirit healing, growth, and development. Leading and facilitating service projects and overseas service projects. Writing, speaking, facilitating retreats, teaching, coaching, group facilitation, one on one life coaching, bodywork.
I am passionate about living a full, authentic life and helping others do the same. I have been on an intense personal healing journey over the last 20 years. It is one of the greatest joys of my life to hold space for another’s healing journey.
I love nature, music, travel, mindfulness, learning, teaching, bodywork, qi gong and yoga, coffee shops, dark chocolate, deep conversations and inspiring people. I love life!
About Self Care…
Many of us find it difficult to incorporate self care practices into our busy lives. Guilt plagues us when we do the things that fill us up and keep us energetic, healthy, and vibrant. At some point, we find ourselves empty and burned out, with nothing to give, and no energy or passion to continue forward.
It took four major “crash and burn” seasons of my life before I realized that self-care is the least selfish, most healthy thing I could do for myself, my family, my profession, and my community. By taking good care of myself, I am able to continue pouring into others.
Please consider your own self-care routine to be one of the top priorities of the long term vision of a healthy, vibrant life. Bodywork, exercise, meditation, life coaching, hobbies, nature. . . there are countless life giving ways to incorporate self-care into your life.