When I founded AKV, it was my goal to empower people who had tried everything else but were still looking for relief. My preferred way of working is to combine bodywork with stretching, yoga, energy, guided breathing, and/or counseling, as needed, to balance all the aspects of physical, mental, and emotional health and healing. With my integrated approach, it is my goal is to help people keep doing the things they love doing most - without pain, fear, or stress. Graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage and loving being a therapist since 2008.
Massage Therapist Deep Tissue & Sports Massage Myofascial Release Reflexology Reiki My journey to uncovering my true purpose and passion started with an interest in Eastern Philosophy. I was drawn to Tao te Ching and discovered an acupressure technique called Jin Shin Do, which is based on these principles. While studying this healing art, I explored and received different types of bodywork which ignited my passions! I graduated from The Swedish Institute in NYC in 1993 and started my practice specializing in Integrated Bodywork, Swedish, Medical and Sports Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Gua Sha, Stretching, and Intuitive Healing. Every session is unique to the individual I am working with, based on their history, lifestyle, and goals for their long-term well-being. I have seen and firmly believe that treating the whole person, from the inside out to the outside in, can best bring balance. My goal with each session is for my clients to get relief, achieve balance, gain insight, and cultivate tools to assist them with self-care so they can live their best lives.
I am a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapist. My passion to help others to heal has culminated in 5000 hours of training over the past 17+ years in the holistic fields such as Massage, Reiki, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Sound Healing, Breathwork, Meditation, Classical Chinese Medicine, Medical QiGong, and Daoist Yoga to name a few. My areas of treatment expertise are life-altering illnesses, cancer, chronic disease, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, MS, Lupus, addiction, trauma, abuse, palliative care for the terminally ill, bereavement services for family/friends, and house/space clearings, in addition to mental/emotional imbalances, and pain & stress management. I tailor each treatment to the patient - every person is treated individually and uniquely no matter the condition, disease, or diagnosis.
Deep/Sports Tissue Restorative Massage Pre-Natal Massage Reflexology Certified Trager Practitioner I have lived my life as a person dedicated to the service of others, utilizing education, experience and empathy to help individuals achieve their personal health goals. “I believe the power to heal is within.” I am a graduate of Healing Hands Institute (2003), a school focused on therapeutic and medical education. I’ve accrued over 600 hours of anatomy and physiology and certification in many modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, PNF stretching, and prenatal. I excelled in my studies, specializing in anatomy, muscle kinesiology, and assessing the source of pain. I offer an intuitive, firm touch, guided breathing, and stretching techniques to achieve energy balance and overall wellness.
My career as a massage therapist has been fueled by my passion for healing and the desire to help others. My goal is to thoughtfully tailor each massage session to each client, personalizing the experience to fit your specific needs. I utilize many techniques & modalities including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Swedish, cupping/gliding cupping, deep tissue, and stretching to promote pain and tension relief. Whether you are seeking to heal an injury, increase flexibility or release tension and stress (or a combination of all three) I will create the perfect treatment program for you.