I have been exploring and evolving my movement practice since I was a young child immersed in ballet classes. I adored the experience of dancing, performing and perfecting my technique, but over time, I also experienced numerous injuries, aches and pains as so many dancers and specialized athletes do. After a decade studying with the pre-professional local dance company, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, at the age of 16 doctors suggested I have surgery for a chronic hip injury. Unwilling to undergo surgery at such I young age, I instead spent the next several years exploring various alternative healing and bodywork methods, which eventually led me to my first Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class. The gentle, profound quality of Feldenkrais piqued my interest, and over time began to soothe and reverse my most persistent aches and injuries.
In 2007 I moved to upstate New York where I pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts at Skidmore College. After graduation, I returned home to Santa Fe, NM, with plans to dive in to the local art scene. Instead, still deeply immersed in weekly Feldenkrais classes that were continually feeding my well-being and fueling my curiosity, I signed up for a Feldenkrais Training with Movement Educators in Santa Fe. Four years and over a thousand hours of training later, I graduated as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, with a new outlook on life, and new movement in my steps.
Today, my chronic dance injuries are non existent. My entire perspective on the world and the way in which we function and interact in it has completely changed, expanded, and continues to grow. Every day, I learn from the students and clients I work with as they too expand out of pain into well-being. Feldenkrais has taught me that I am not merely a body and a brain rushing through this so-often chaotic and busy world, but instead that I am a SELF, a whole and complete individual with the capabilities to slow down, experience my moment to moment world, and to move through it with grace.
In this process, my sense of self has been profoundly nourished by my intentional re-connecting with the natural world. As a child, I spent endless hours playing outside with my brother, adventuring through the backyard, baking mud pies, foraging dandelions and building tiny fairy and animal homes. Somewhere along the way my time spent outdoors flourishing in the sunshine was replaced with time spent indoors in classrooms and work spaces and car rides to and from the next thing on my never completed to do list; over time I forgot what it was like to delight in the pleasures of nature.
I had to re-build a practice of connecting and immersing myself in nature. I now intentionally take time each and every day to experience the brilliance of this earth. Hiking, exploring, and moving through the New Mexico landscape lead me to discover MovNat, which presented me with a whole new set of skills and perspective with which to move and engage with my environment. MovNat has shifted my entire fitness paradigm from an intensive, indoor kettle bell practice to an expansive, absolutely delightful outdoor practice of natural human movement. In May of 2017 I received my MovNat certification to continue building my own Natural Movement practice, and to be able to offer this unique experience to my clients and students.
Discover Ease in Movement is my Feldenkrais & Natural Movement private practice located in Santa Fe, NM. I feel honored to be on a path of continual self development, and my door is always open to your curiosities, questions and explorations. I am deeply dedicated to this profound way of moving and interacting in the world, and to sharing the possibilities, sustainability, and renewed discovery of ease and well-being with each of you.