Personal Journey

Personal Journey

Finding My Way

In my early thirties, I opened a Pilates studio, taught Kids Yoga and practiced Thai Yoga Massage. For three years I ran a small restaurant and created a line of plant-based foods called Holy Chow. At the end of the decade, I went back to school, earned my master’s, got married, and opened a private practice as a psychotherapist. After fifteen years of clinical work, I rededicated myself to healing movement.

In Jungian psychology there is a phrase to describe the impulse to help others based on your own experience of pain. The archetype is called the “wounded healer.” This applies to all who have healed themselves through the work they do. It’s certainly my story. Somewhere in my 40’s, after a decade of sitting with clients, everything started to hurt. 

Since I was a teen, I’ve had a passion for healthy living. All the “right” boxes were checked: diet, exercise, sleep and stress-management. But when MRI’s revealed advanced osteoarthritis in all the joints of my lower extremities, I could no longer deny the truth. The accidents of my youth had caught up with me.

No blame. No shame. It’s just life. Thankfully, in the process of finding healing for myself I found a new way to help others heal.

Doing the Work

The first time I saw Miranda Esmonde-White, I was intrigued. Her movements reminded me of Jack LaLanne. The man was a game-changing icon with the heart of a lion. But he’s outdated and I found myself wanting to dismiss her because the movements seemed too simple and slow.

Yet there was no denying this woman was bursting with technicolor energy despite being twenty years my senior. Plus, what she was saying was spot on. I learned about the function of connective tissue during my Yin Yoga training. Now Miranda was dropping the science. Knowing the why behind the work is what brought it all together. 

As I work toward certification in Essentrics™ I am being gifted the rare opportunity of being a student and a teacher. To be learning something engaging while simultaneously healing myself of pain is a rare treat. People like Miranda and Jack inspire me. The desire to help others feel as good as possible is what keeps me going. 

 

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