Director of Admissions & Instructor of Pregnancy Massage
When did you graduate from NMSNT?
What other academic/professional experience do you have?
I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2006 with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Visual Arts. I am also a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. Working with the bereaved has been therapeutic work that has helped shaped my ideas on death and dying and work with people in an intimate way. Currently, I am teaching Drama and Improvisation classes with Sol Acting Academy in the Albuquerque area.
What is your approach to bodywork?
Integrative treatments are created on an individual basis to cater to the client mentally, emotionally, and physically. I rely on the intuitive process in working with my hands and enjoy how when I eliminate control and the ego, I can be guided on a much higher level. With each client, I ask how they are feeling on a mental, physical, and emotional level to get a sense of what treatment may be better suited for them at that specific juncture of time. Throwing in different modalities in each treatment makes me feel as though the client can have a greater experience and what may feel like a more complete one.
What do you teach?
I teach Pregnancy Massage for the Night Program. I have assisted many classes at NMSNT, which include Swedish Massage, Massage Specifics, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Outside of NMSNT, I teach acting classes with ages 6-18 years old.
Why do you enjoy teaching?
Being able to facilitate the learning process through teaching is one of the most inspiring, uplifting gifts. As a young girl, I dreamed of teaching and I suppose it was because I always felt creative and being a leader was something I loved. It feels like it’s in my blood and that it is not “work” but rather, a labor of love. Empowering students to see their strengths and to believe in their own potential is something that fuels my approach to teaching.
Why do you feel NMSNT is a great place to learn?
The things that you learn at NMSNT are not found in your everyday institution or just inside pages of a book. What you learn comes through you and is influenced by a greater awareness that can be found by focus and relaxing into the moment. At NMSNT, you are encouraged to be present and honest with yourself. Through your own healing processes and experiencing bodywork first hand, you are able to get a real sense of the depths that these modalities touch upon. No matter where you come from, or where you are going, if you are destined to come here, you will. When you do, you will see the many facets of of your own being, as well as embarking upon a professional field that will introduce you to intimate work with diverse people. Plain and simple, this isn’t just a massage school. It’s a place to safely experience life and the rich world of helping others through touch.
What is something unique about you?
Dancing and singing make me feel more alive than almost anything. When I karaoke, my favorite song is “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. I can do different accents and generally, make people laugh. I want to travel the world and experience many different cultures and traditions. I’d like to document my experiences and findings, and share that with the world. When it comes to animals, I’m passionate about their well-being and dream sometimes of what my life would be like if I were an Animal Cruelty Cop and how awesome it’d be to capture and save their lives.