The French have a saying, 'se sentir bien dans sa peau', which literally means to feel comfortable in ones own skin. What it signifies is the actual, embodied experience of being at ease with oneself holistically - body, mind and soul. There is a freedom and 'joie-de-vivre' in the way the French live in their bodies. There is an inspiring sense of beauty, wellbeing and health created in their environments, right down to the way they prepare and eat their meals. The message, and the experience, is that everyday, embodied acts of life are not only to be enjoyed, but savored and shared!
My bi-cultural, French-American, upbringing led me, through my experiences living in France with my extended family, to my passion for the field of conscious, embodied wellness. After completing my masters degree in Somatic (body-centered) Psychology my calling has been to work directly with the body as a licensed massage therapist through touch and mindfulness. I love my work more than ever. I feel such gratitude for being able to share my passion for creating health and healing through the body and by doing so, making a positive impact in the lives' of others.
I've had the good fortune to work in a variety of settings over the course of many years, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House - a luxury wellness spa, several integrative medicine centers, Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospice, The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences where I taught Professional Development and Ethics to massage students, as well as with my beloved private clients that I feel so honored to serve. All these experiences continually teach me the power of combining compassion, skill, expertise and dedication in caring for the health and wellbeing of others.
I have been a meditation practitioner and student of contemplative traditions for over 20 years. At a young age I fell in love with the yogic traditions of Bhakti, Kashmir Shaivism and the non-dual philosophies of Advaita Vedanta. More recently I have begun to study and practice in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, as well as the Huna philosophy of the Hawaiian healers. I have also been influenced by Jon Kabbat-Zinn's work in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
I work in the town of Gardiner, in New York's Hudson River Valley, at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountain Range. I live with my spouse and our two Bergamasco sheepdogs, Dolce and Amico.