Receiving regular structural bodywork 15 years ago changed my life forever. The depth of the work felt “affirming”, it clearly had intentions. Instead of feeling sleepy and “out of it” like I felt after a massage, it left me feeling “fluid”, in touch, alive, expansive and deeply calm at the same time. Bliss, really! I soon enrolled in a series of Structural Integration. I was not crippled by pain; I was just curious and wanted more of that sense of centeredness. I had just left home (Belgium), had recently wed here, and really could use some structural and emotional support in order to grow gentle but strong roots in this new land. The work brought me “home”, the only one there is: inside my body! It equipped me with a deep listening that was just not “on” prior. The flow and ease evoked in my movements felt delicious. The practice of listening brought depth to my self-awareness. I was present like I had never been before.
My profound interest in embodiment, movement and healing was explored at the Utah College of Massage Therapy where I studied (2004) and then taught Structural Bodywork with Amber Burnham (currently Guild of Structural Integration faculty). Shortly after, I mentored in Structural Integration with Amber and then further explored the body and its organization through the study of Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains fascial connections. His theories really piqued my interest and I soon signed up for an extensive training at his School of Structural Integration. In 2007, I graduated from his 500h respected program now called Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (or ATSI).