Hello and welcome to CT Wellness!
I am a nationally and state Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. I graduated from The Holistic Massage Training Institute in Baltimore, Maryland in the fall of 2009. In March of 2010, I started my own therapeutic massage practice, specializing in integrative bodywork to treat chronic pain and tension, address athletic injury, correct postural misalignment and help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression through stress reduction. Since that time, I have obtained certifications in Prenatal Massage, Infant Massage therapy and instruction, Stress Management and Prenatal Yoga, and have transitioned my practice to a focus on prenatal and postpartum wellness, and women’s health.
My approach to health and wellness combines my current work in massage therapy and stress management with my background in psychology and mental health. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan, where the focus of my undergraduate studies was on depression and mood disorders. I advocate a mind-body approach to health and believe regular massage is an important component in maintaining a healthy stress response and reducing feelings of anxiety and depression.
My personal approach to wellness has focused on making time to mindfully engage with the people and activities I love, encouraging myself to confront my weaknesses and fears to take on new challenges, and running as regularly as possible.
Over the last decade, I turned myself from someone with a bad knee and a hatred of running, into a long-distance runner and running enthusiast. Having completed a variety of half marathons, 10-milers and other races over the years, in December of 2014 I achieved my goal of running a full marathon! In an effort to share my love of running and promote the physical and mental health benefits of a regular running practice, I spent three seasons as a coach for the Ulman Cancer Fund's Cancer to 5k Program, helping train cancer survivors and patients to run a 5k. It's a great program that has expanded from the Baltimore/DC area to cities like New York, Boston and Chicago. They are always looking for volunteer runners and survivors. I highly recommend you check it out.
When I am not running or working, I spend my time writing, reading, and watching movies I've already seen a hundred times. Mostly, I love just being at home, enjoying a quiet evening with my husband, my sweet son, and our two furry goofballs.