Pursuing massage therapy...
After six years in the Wyoming Army National Guard, four seasons fighting wild land forest fires for the U.S. Forest Service, and an AAS in Fire Science Technology, I learned pretty quickly the effects of repetition and hard work on my body. I needed a life change and so I spent my last season battling fires during the day and attending night classes for my AAS in Massage Therapy at Provo College in Utah. Therapeutic massage changed my outlook on life and the way I dealt with pain in my own body.
What I've been doing in Buffalo...
My love of the Big Horn mountains and the supportive community of Buffalo pulled me back to Wyoming to raise my daughter. I started working for the Johnson County Memorial Hospital and then Johnson Chiropractic where I really learned the value of combining chiropractic and massage as a positive step in my own health care routine. After a few years of building up my massage clientele, I ventured out on my own and am stoked to be celebrating FIVE years at Lavender Massage Therapy.
Thanks to my terrific clientele, I was voted Best Massage Therapist in 2008 and again in 2013 by the Buffalo Bulletin. I've also spent the last four summers as the practicing Massage Therapist up at Paradise Guest Ranch where I have had the opportunity to work on clients from all over the world. In 2012, I became a Hospice Volunteer for the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice Program where I give patients gentle massage and help with hospice projects. Last November, I returned from an amazing two week trip in Cambodia as a participant in the Buds to Blossoms Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program with AIDS orphans.
"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self~indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde
Paradise Guest Ranch, 2012.
My interests with massage therapy...
I love the American Massage Therapy Association and am thrilled to be a professional member since 2005. Part of a healthy lifestyle is learning what foods and herbs to include in your daily diet and so in 2010, I became certified as a Family Herbalist from The School of Natural Healing. I also believe that life experiences can either heal or harm the physical body and spirit. So, in 2010, I took the Trauma Touch Therapy TM Level 1 course from the Colorado School of Healing Arts to gain a better understanding of offering positive touch to my clients. This October, I will be following up with the TTT Level 2 course in order to become certified as a Trauma Touch Therapist.
As your massage therapist, I constantly strive to follow the Golden Rule in my practice and make your massage experience as rewarding as possible.