WHAT IS A FIRST SESSION LIKE?
To begin, we’ll get comfortable and I’ll guide us into undivided presence with some relaxing breathing practice to reduce nervous energy and fully connect to the body. Together we will form an intention for your session. Sometimes the intention is simply to relax.....
The remaining time will be devoted to experiential practices that will begin to unwind deeply held (and sometimes hidden) stress. Utilizing restorative yoga, free movement, breath practices, touch/bodywork, energy work (reiki), active and passive states offers a dynamic and deeply relaxing experience that has proven successful again and again.
While single sessions are great, a consistent practice of coming in for a session regularly has shown to be highly useful for preventative care and wellbeing management.
WHERE IS AN IN-PERSON SESSION HELD?
My services are currently based in Austin, TX and are held at both Soma Vida, a wellness center in Central East Austin and I also see clients in my professional private healing studio less than 2 miles from Soma Vida off of Oltorf. Both are exquisite healing environments with gentle music, relaxing lighting, and everything necessary to leave the world at the door. It’s a stress-free, full-permission to BE space. I also make trips to Dallas, TX where I offer sessions fairly often. Would you like to see me in another major city? I am willing to travel.
WHAT IS BODYWORK? IS IT THE SAME AS MASSAGE?
I am both a bodyworker and a LMT (licensed massage therapist)
Bodywork refers to various hands-on and off therapeutic practices that work with the body specifically to support healing and restoration. Different types of Energy work, like Reiki, a japanese form of healing (which I am also trained / certified in) would be included in Bodywork. Yoga is bodywork, Somatic Experiencing is Bodywork.
Massage therapy (LMT) is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY SESSION?
Get in touch with your intentions or goals for exploring with me before the session. Arrive nourished, but not super full. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in / relax in. A journal may be helpful. Please do not use alcohol, or mood altering drugs of any kind the day of our session. Be rested. No strong scents or perfume. Following these guidelines will greatly improve the success of our time together. I send out a confirmation email once you've booked to fill you in on all the details you'll need for the session day.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
24 hours advanced notice is required to cancel or re-schedule your session. You will be charged the full amount for no-showing or canceling the day of our session. Refunds are only given to people who communicate 24 hrs. in advance if there is something that needs to change. I am willing to “credit your account” with me for a future session(s) depending on what’s going on.
WHAT IS Esoteric Yoga / Tantra??
A great question deserves a great answer:
“At its most basic, Tantra is an ancient and expansive spiritual philosophy with roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. It is an enlightenment path marked by practical, embodied practice. The literal translation of the sanskrit word is “to weave.” In tantra, all of life is spiritual practice–every moment an opportunity to engage one’s full divine presence, energetically saying yes to every experience–from grief to bliss to rage to joy.
One aspect of the Tantric path is full awareness and acceptance of all things–including those aspects of ourselves we often don’t like to look at (like sexuality, anger, and jealousy, to name a few). By moving deeply into our understanding of these parts of ourselves, we can be freed of their oppressive rule in our lives. When we cultivate the quality of “witness” of ourselves and our behaviors, we gain choice and freedom in how we respond to life’s provocations.
Tantra is also known as the union of opposites–yin and yang, masculine and feminine, heaven and earth, divine and profane, etc. Human consciousness perceives these opposites as polarized dualities, preventing us from experiencing our true nature in unity with all that is. As we move from duality and separation to totality and connection, immense bliss and joy emerges!” ~ Robyn Thoren Smith, friend and colleague
READ MORE ON MY 'PHILOSOPHY' PAGE
SO ARE YOU A TANTRIKA?
I’ve been engaging in tantric practice (asana, mantra, meditation, ritual) for over a decade. Hatha yoga, is actually in the same yoga family as tantra yoga (and there are many places on Earth where this spiritual path is practiced. I have experience with Buddhist, Hindu, and Tibetan Tantra). There are misinformed people that believe that all tantric practice is focused on sex, but mine is not and I do not engage in sexual activity with my clients. My services are platonic and education and practice based.
NOTE: I will regularly add new questions to this FAQ, so check back whenever you need to. If you have a specific question, feel free to email me directly: