I'm originally from Winston-Salem, am a filmmaking graduate of the University of NC School of the Arts, and I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film-making and cinematography. After college, I traveled a bit and I worked for 2 years in television news.
In 2007 I began attending Natural Touch School of Massage Therapy. I received my license in December of 2008, and I have13 years and around 10,000 hours of hands-on massage therapy experience since then.
For 3 years I taught hands-on massage therapy classes at Kneaded Energy School of Massage in Greensboro, in subjects ranging from basic Swedish massage, chair massage, comfort care, energy work, self-care, deep tissue, and condition-specific work.
After living in Greensboro for 9 years, in 2015 my husband and I decided that it was time to move back home to Winston-Salem, to build my client base here, and reconnect with our friends in the arts community that we love so much.
And in June of 2015, I created Blue Lotus Massage and Bodywork, and in June 2016, I relocated my practice to The Wellness Collective on 5th Street, where I currently see clients.
In 2020 - when I reopened my office after the pandemic shut down, I began to get more and more inquiries about Lymphatic Drainage for surgical recovery. Cosmetic procedures began to boom then.
I had previous training and experience in the Lymphatic Drainage and there was a definite need in the area, as there were very few folks offering it. I began to read up and take training in post-op care and bodywork. I also got very involved in the small online community of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and post-op therapists - often sharing tips, information, and our challenges.
In May of 2022, I became double certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage after training with the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) becoming an MLD -C.
My husband works with musicians and talent at a local music venue, (we are both music lovers) and we live with our two cats, Maezi & I.O. She’s a tiny tabby, who is incredibly loud and talkative. He is an 18 lb ball of fur (part Maine Coon) and a gentle giant, who has a soft, barely audible meow. Oddly enough, they are siblings. And needless to say, they keep us entertained.
I love aerial arts, dance, barre & Pilates, writing non-fiction, and loud rock & roll. And currently, I'm learning to perform as an aerial dancer.
I will be returning to take courses in Aerial Silks Teacher Training and Circus Arts Therapy Training, at The Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta.
I am also certified through the MomentOm Arts program in Durham, to teach Aerial Yoga classes.
I have taught aerial yoga classes at the Gateway YWCA and I am on the search for space to teach classes and private sessions.
As of 2020, after years of interest in the subject, I began training to become a Facilitator of Family Constellations to help others heal ancestral trauma and deep-seated patterns. I'm still on this path currently.
(Can you tell I LOVE learning? It's my one true addiction.)
My end goal as a massage therapist, aerial yoga instructor, and mindset coach is to connect with my community by helping others feel empowered, more educated about, and more in tune with their body and values.
If you have any burning questions about my work or path, feel free to send me an email. I will try to reply as quickly as I can, and with the utmost sincerity.