Since graduating from the Canadian College of Massage in 1997, I have worked in various clinical and non-clinical settings around North America.
I adopt a holistic view when it comes to my healthcare, which has led me to massage, Ayurveda, yoga, and astrology. These four pillars are the foundation of my personal and professional development, which continue to grow and integrate simultaneously. This integration not only sustains the validity of these teachings but also allows space for enquiry and creative development with consideration to our current times.
Ayurveda means “life knowledge” and suggests humankind is not separate from nature's five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) but that we are part and parcel of nature. Ayurveda recognizes that our physical bodies are made up of varying degrees of these five elements that are measured in terms of Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (earth and water) dosha.
People have a unique dosha constitution that acts as a benchmark for their health. This benchmark is the platform that Ayurveda uses to balance our nature when there are imbalances due to stresses like environmental, work, lifestyle, and illness. Ayurveda aims to restore our natural balance through massage, diet, and lifestyle suggestions.
Yoga brings union to body and mind through asana, pranayama, and meditation, and astrology expands our awareness on mundane and spiritual levels. My reality has always felt connected to a larger reality, with nature as my master. My relationships with the natural world, whether they are inspiring or challenging, are integral teachers in my daily life. I observe life through the looking glass in the sense that nothing is what it seems.
Holistic therapies allow me to stay connected to far more facets of what is available to me—beyond the mundane. The lightness of body that I experience with massage, the expansiveness of mind that I attain in meditation, and my impartial self-observation aid in achieving a harmonious development of my whole being—body, mind, and spirit.
In my view, a harmonious relationship between body, mind, and spirit are the first steps to an up-close and personal experience of my relationship with spiritual unity.
I remain devoted to my work and my practice because the science behind these therapies is based on universal laws that maintain the integrity of my overall health and longevity, which translates into gratitude and contentment in my daily life.