I have decided to update the places I am at in my career and life, versus changing the content in its entirety. Like a journal of sorts about my career and family since I am unable to untwine the two.
Lots of exciting new things since I started this journey about 10 years ago. For the past 5 years my partner Claire and have been learning and growing together. We have a 2.5 yr old daughter named River. We have moved our family to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! We are all very excited for explore our new community and surroundings this Spring and Summer and all the years into the future. We’re into birding, tracking, gardening and learning. We are all very thankful too.
What am I about these days?
I have learned a few things during my time in practice. The most important is that no one needs to suffer endlessly. I feel that we can work together and improve upon just about any condition you have.
I’ve brought my skills into focus by using them to influence the 3 ubiquitous systems of the body. Those being the neural, arterial and fascial systems. I have also been studying the roles of the visceral/organs and how they mechanically interact with their neighbors. This all may sound intense, however, I assure you it can be quite gentle. The connective tissues in the human body are resilient and acceptable to change. I treat the systems and not the symptoms. Let’s see what’s possible.
My Journey into Structural Integration 2016
I grew up in and around Muscatine, Iowa which is situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. My family’s home was in an oak tree forest on the outskirts of town. The woods is where I spent most of my time. I would traipse through the vast terrain around my neighborhood catching frogs, swimming, exploring and basically getting dirty. When was growing up I played mostly stick and ball sports with a little track and field as well as swimming mixed in. Soccer was the sport I played the longest and had the biggest passion for. It wasn’t until moving to Oregon in 2007 that I truly discovered the wilderness. I adore my time in the mountains and valleys the PNW has to offer. Especially, the 3 Sisters Wilderness near Bend. I currently enjoy backpacking, hiking, reading books made of paper, rafting and mountain biking, foargaing, learning new things about human anatomy, among other interests.
In 2012 I was looking to change my life. I took a long walk from Mexico to Canada along the 2655 mile long Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
During that 5+ month journey I took an introspective look at the culmination of my life. The days along the trail brought ample time to think, mull over and clarify who I was, what I wanted from my future and how I was going to achieve it all. Somewhere in Northern California I came to the conclusion that I wanted to help people. I wanted to make a positive impact in others’ lives. I decided I would do this via Massage Therapy. When I got back to Bend, Oregon I enrolled in Sage School of Massage here in Bend.
Before the trail I had been doing a little bodywork/massage to friends and coworkers for a few years. Some of them were kind enough to encourage me to seek professional training. To them, I will always be indebted for their generous acceptance, kindness and openness. They, along with my teachers and clients allow me to be who I am. For that, I am forever humbled and grateful to them. In this instance I would definitely say the words are not the experience. Thank you all, for everything.
Three short years later I have completed training through Kinesis Myofascial Integration School of Structural Integration (KMI). I now practice Structural Integration. It has been a wondrous journey through many, many hours of anatomy texts, medical journals, dissection videos, thoughts, sessions and writing about SI. I’d do it all again and my curiosity has just begun to be piqued. At the moment of this writing there are no fewer than 7 books relating to Structural Integration on their way to my home. I am truly a fortunate individual in many regards.
Kirkwood Community College, A.S. Fire Science Mgmt. – 2001
Sage School of Massage Therapy, 720 hrs. – 2013
Kinesis Myofascial Integration School of Structural Integration (KMI), 500 hrs. – 2016 (in 2017 KMI has been rebranded as Anatomy Trains Structural Integration ATSI)
Nerve and Artery Mobilization for Structural Integration Module I, 28 hrs. – 2017
Nerve and Artery Mobilization for Structural Integration Module II, 28 hrs. – 2017
Fascial Dissection Lab with Tom Myers and Todd Garcia, 40 hrs – Jan. 2018
Bonework with Sharon Wheeler, 35 hrs – August 2018
Visceral Manipulation I (VM1) with Barral Institute, 24 hrs Dec. 2018
Visceral Manipulation II (VM2) with Barral Institute, 24 hrs Jan. 2019
Visceral Manipulation III (VM3) with Barral Institute, 24 hrs May 2019
Scarwork with Sharon Wheeler, 28 hrs – August 2019
The Art of Structural Integration w/Sharon Wheeler, 35 hrs – Oct. 2019