Born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Dec. 1950, my parents had a home laundry business. We moved to Lebanon, NH and lived in 5 different houses – I only remember the last one. In about 1955, we moved to Carlisle, PA and I started 1st grade; we moved to California where I finished 1st grade and started 2nd grade. We then moved to Texas and I finished 2nd grade and had 3rd grade in the same school. Next stop, Austin, Texas where I attended 4th grade. For 5th grade, my parents wanted me in a different school. My father, now with a teaching degree, was hired to teach Russian and German in the Denver area – that was my 6th grade. I went to only one Junior high school. However my father was a teacher in the school I was attending – not good for me! I started High school but decided to change because I was carpooling with my family so I could stay with the kids I knew in junior high. The new school, in Evergreen, CO, was about 7 miles away instead of the 35 miles to the other school.
I worked as a caddie, dishwasher, and parking attendant during high school, then attended an automotive technical college for 12 months. In 1969 President Nixon instituted the military draft. My number was 26 out of a possible 366; I had the choice to enlist or leave the country. I enlisted in the Army with another friend from Junior high. After basic training, we were sent to Ft. Polk for infantry training. I had never shot a gun – or even been in a fight. I was selected to be a squad leader – 10 men were under my supervision. Halfway through this training, I filed for conscientious objector status. This process takes many months and involves interviews with legal, religious, and military officers. During this process, I did not continue infantry training. Instead, I was assigned to be the company clerk. About 5 months later, I was sent to medic training at Ft. Sam in Houston TX and then stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a medic and ambulance driver. After discharge, I became an auto mechanic specializing in alignment, suspension, and frame straightening. This occupation lasted for most of 30 years, with a short stint as an insurance agent and agency manager.
In 1997 I was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The chiropractor I went to sent me to a massage therapist. This was my first experience with a practitioner in this discipline. I was immediately impressed by how much it helps me in my healing process! When funds were made available through my mother’s passing in late 2000, as she and I had discussed, I began massage school. The school I chose was rated among the top ten in the U.S. Conveniently, the Brian Utting School of Massage was located in Seattle, WA, where I lived. Attending this school was the most challenging – and rewarding – things I have ever done. For extra credit, I did two internships, one at a chiropractic office and one with an Olympic rowing team. After graduation on April 20, 2002, I started my own business. I worked with the Seattle Sounders soccer team, the Thunderbirds hockey team and the World Ultimate frisbee championship. I also spent 3 days with the World Wrestling Federation where I massaged Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, among others. With my move to Maui in 2012, I started over again. Since moving was second nature to me from my childhood experience, I fit in quickly. My experience as a medic in the Army, followed by my occupation which consisted of straightening and aligning car frames, prepared me for doing bodywork on people. Working with professional athletes, often in fast-paced situations, taught me how to identify and treat injuries quickly and effectively. As an insurance agent, I saw the claims end of injuries. I feel these experiences prepared me and made me proficient with, and passionate for, my current occupation as a massage therapist.
~Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish, therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.~ M.B.E.
My journey with bodywork began with my love for dance. Dancing comes with the potential for injuries and I experienced my fair share. The lack of understanding I had for the basic functions of our bodies left me yearning for better insight into encouraging my body to function at is peak performance. I got my education in bodywork from the Institute of Psycho – Structural Balancing (I.P.S.B, which is now know as the Life Energy Institute)
My work is based in Tai Chi, so I stay grounded while aiding your body to heal, not absorbing any energy that needs to be released back to the earth, and being able to see you again and again. The current modalities I have at my fingertips are Swedish circulatory, Thai massage, Sports Therapy, Lomi Lomi, and Deep tissue. With application of all my tools, the method is slow and steady. Delving deeply with out proper warm up can result in the formation of body armor for the client which is hard to reverse and ineffective in providing lasting care.
The most exciting occurrence about bodywork is the ability to share the knowledge I have gained on my journey with clients. We only get one temple upon birth and its is vital that we know as much as we possibly can about these amazing vessels which carry our awareness through life. One of my main goals in life is to deepen my appreciation for the gift and to encourage others to find an immeasurable appreciation as well.