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philosophy

Moving through life's seasons with dignity and ease is central to my work. I help people to create space for change, by acknowledging the need for emotional and spiritual integration as well as the need for physical pain reduction. I also help people to create and maintain personal, effective self-care routines and rituals. These simple yet potent shifts can optimize the body’s innate ability to self-regulate and heal. I work with all kinds of caregivers, creators, healers, artists, organizers, visionaries, makers and more to help them perform their meaningful work in the world with ease. My style is nurturing, intuitive, and precise.

The name ‘lacuna’ reflects this spacious quality that is necessary for creativity, growth, and healing. In Spanish, ‘la cuna’ means ‘the cradle’, ‘birthplace’, or ‘place of origin’.


 


Experience

I studied massage therapy at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy in 2012, and continue my training in a wide range of modalities. Integrative Therapeutic Massage sessions are tailored to meet your needs. Any of the following modalities, as well as others, may be used, in combination or alone: Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. I also offer prenatal massage. An understanding of movement and alignment gained through many years of dedicated yoga practice adds dimension and insight to bodywork sessions. I completed numerous yoga teacher trainings, studied with several world renowned teachers including the late Maty Ezraty, and taught regularly for nearly a decade before taking a break from studio classes in 2018 to pursue other passions.

The energy work I practice is influenced by many years of self-taught dream work, personal meditation, and spiritual practice. I am a Reiki Master, and actively study various mystical, spiritual, and folk medicine traditions. Currently I study Herbalism and Appalachian Folk Medicine with Phyllis Light. I hope to provide services as an herbalist in the near future.

I have a special interest in holistic women's health. I first received doula training from Kathy McGrath (DONA), before going on to train with a local traditional midwife, with whom I spent a year learning holistic approaches to women’s health and birth work.

Prior to formally studying the healing arts, I earned degrees in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh.