I love sharing the magic and healing of dance, movement, and “loving touch” as a core rehabilitation/fitness trainer, dance therapist, massage therapist, and performer. My passion is public, holistic, preventive health FOR ALL, rooted in self-care and accessible education and training.
In 1998 in Tucson, Arizona, I began studying and practicing the ancient Chinese Taoist healing art of Chi Nei Tsang (aka CNT or “Integrated Internal Organ Massage”), abdominal massage/breathwork, and Unwinding the Belly with Allison Post. I worked with friends and family supporting them with digestive, scar tissue, body image, and trauma/abuse issues. It gave me a powerful self-care practice of breath work, abdominal self-massage, and energy work.
I was also blossoming as a spiritual bellydancer, performing regularly and teaching bellydance as a healing art for women. It was a turning point for me as I was just claiming my walk as an artist and finding healing self-love with a history of trauma and abuse.
While training in CNT, I had the vision that I would someday combine these modalities of breath work, massage, and bellydance in a sacred divine feminine space to support women to come into their bellies and hips, their sense of beauty, self-love, and self-value. Many years later in 2013, Healing Oasis Studio in Portland, Maine was the first full manifestation of that dream.
I received my massage license in Miami, Florida in 2004 and I’ve studied Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Thai Yoga Massage, Trauma Resolution, Pregnancy/Postpartum/Infant Massage Instruction, Psoas/Hip Alignment, Reflexology, and Facelift Massage.
Since 2003, I’ve collaborated with professionals in the multicultural, progressive, and vibrant birthing and women’s health community in Miami and Southern Florida, also training as a massage doula and childbirth education mentor.
But I saw so so many women struggling with postpartum-based issues, even many years later, and such a lack of postpartum care and education, especially around diastasis recti, c-section recovery, pelvic floor, trauma, and VBAC preparation, that instead of practicing as a birth worker, I decided instead to apply my experience to specialize in postpartum and beyond.
I became a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM and group fitness instructor in 2010.
I ran my full massage/fitness/dance therapy practice at The Trauma Resolution Center (TRC) in Miami, a holistic non-profit community mental health center. I offered personal training and taught self-care classes and workshops in breathwork, dance therapy, abdominal self-massage, and yoga for the community, clients and staff, and various non-profit employees.
I specialized with the cutting edge organization, Fit For Birth, and become certified as a Prenatal/Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist in 2012, realizing a long-held dream. In 2016, I was FFB-certified as a Core and Diastasis Consultant.
All of these studies helped me create my approach as a Core Rehabilitation Specialist & Dance Therapist for women of all ages.
I do not claim to do the healing; Creator does the healing through me. My job is to be a clear channel for this loving, powerful force and allow people their own healing and growth process. I am there to “hold sacred space” for each person’s own unfolding. It is an extremely fulfilling thing to witness and be a part of.
I was born to dance; it has always been my “lifeline” along with my love for Mother Earth. I saw my first bellydancer as a little girl and was completely mesmerized (I also loved the food!). The experience planted the seed for a lifetime passion for the mysterious, mystical power of bellydance and all healthy, natural feminine movement and energy.
Born in 1968, I'm a child of the 1970’s and still a free spirit. I was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, a vibrant and prominent “cradle of jazz”. My father was a jazz musician and Latin dance instructor in the 50's and 60's and both of my parents were avid, unbridled dancers and artists. We also celebrated our ancient pagan Celtic roots and danced freely celebrating with Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon. I always naturally danced and moved from my hips.
Like so many U.S. Americans and people throughout the world, my relationship to dance was deeply influenced by the creative brilliance of African-American culture.
I never thought I'd want to study ballet. I hated it as a little girl for many reasons. It felt unnatural (again, I was born to dance with my hips), my little body was stiff from holding sexual abuse trauma, no instructor supported or encouraged me, and, even then, my body type didn't fit the accepted image of a thin body and legs with straight lines. Then our community center offered a class for "creative free dance" where we ran around with scarves and moved with joy and imagination. THIS was my class!
Dancing at parties as a teenager in the 1980's and then clubs in the '90's, the Latin dance forms of salsa, merengue, and Mexican cumbia blew me away with joy and opened another amazing and organic door of freedom through hip movement and rhythm.
I didn't seriously take dance classes until my 20's. It was then that cabaret bellydance gave me a gentle re-introduction to balletic influences. Ultimately, it was the kind, unwavering support of my spiritual teacher in the 1990's and that embrace of bellydance in my 20’s that gave me the confidence to call myself a “dancer” and the dance vocabulary and style to help me find my voice as a performer and dance instructor. It allowed me to heal as a woman and feel my strength.
Eventually my body wanted to do modern dance which was a great complement to my taste for avant-garde creative expression as well as strength training/functional fitness movement. I am always exploring creative movement and love fusion. Anything can become a dance; I turn strength training moves into dance movement, even at the gym.
My deep passion is to go out in nature to dance and pray. I often dance as I walk because it makes me happy and helps to reduce stress and regulate my mood. I find places in nature and city parks to practice and choreograph; my “studio time". This is the foundation for my dance therapy practice.
I love to experiment with movement and exploring my inner world and personal healing process which may become choreography for performance. Hours can go by like minutes and it feels like there’s never enough time to drink from this well of creative expression.
It was a blessing to study with bellydance teachers Kathryn Ferguson in Tucson, AZ and then teachers Emma Holder, Joie Grandbois, and Rosa Noreen in Portland, Maine. I pursued a long-buried fascination and intuitive connection with modern dance with Jessica Lockhart in Portland as an added layer to the fusion of styles that feel so natural to me. I also had the honor there of studying and performing “Entertainment Hula” and other Polynesian dances with Victoria Boucher who shares her Samoan family tradition.
I seek to live within and explore vibrant and dynamic communities brimming with creativity among fascinating individuals and collectives. I would like to see society: the streets and buildings, sidewalks, parks, mountains, and beaches lined with people dancing and living in harmony, joy, love, and freedom