Tell us a little about your personal background:
I grew up just outside of Nashville in Franklin & Brentwood. I was interested in going to massage school after high school but my parents said, absolutely not. They didn’t pursues holistic health and I don’t think they saw a future in it. Understandably, they wanted me to go to college. I went to UT Knoxville and pursued an art degree. Once, I came home I had no idea how to make a career as an artist. I found myself bouncing around office jobs trying to find my place. I finally resolved to go back to school for massage therapy and at the same time began serving at City House in Germantown which had just opened that year. Two of the best decisions I ever made. The moment I interviewed at Cumberland Institute of Holistic Therapies I knew I had found my place and purpose. Working at City House I loved learning about food and beverage, I made some of my dearest enduring friendships, I was able to complete my massage education and I met my wonderful husband, Daniel. This past October we celebrated the birth of our sweet baby boy Levi. He has been such dream and I’m just so grateful for my beautiful family and the opportunity to do this work. I feel so lucky to be from Nashville and have loved watching it grow over the past several years. For the past 6 years, I’ve run a private massage practice and have most recently started dabbling in making my own holistic products that I’m really excited about!
What did you do before massage and how long have you been practicing?
After a short stint working in different office jobs after college, I worked for City House for 7 years and absolutely loved it. It is there where I decided to pursue my passion for massage, I graduated from Cumberland Institute for Holistic Therapies and began my own private practice and have been practicing for the past 6 years.
Why did you choose to go into massage?
I’m a tactile person, I have a love for touch and a passion for care-taking and natural wellness. Massage therapy was a way for me to use both my science and creative brain to be able to take care of people in a hands-on way.
What are your favorite massage modalities or specialties?
I do integrative work. I love pulling from all the tools in my toolbox in order to serve my client in a way that suits their needs on that particular day.
Tell us about you...What are your favorites things? Neighborhoods, Vacation Spot, Music, Restaurant, Book, Movie?
I love Germantown and East Nashville. Both have been my main stopping grounds for over a decade and they both hold so many precious memories for me. My favorite things to do are cooking, home hangs with friends and family, traveling with my family, enjoying all the incredible food and drinks Nashville has to offer and getting out for a long meditative hike in the woods. A few of my favorite places are City House, Rolf & Daughters, Public House, Martians BBQ, Greko, Barista Parlor, Baked on 8th, Eastside Donuts, Cafe Rose, Dozen….. I could go on (ha!).
A few of my favorite vacations spots have been Positano, Italy & Brooklyn, NY.
I’m currently reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith, however, some of my favorite reads have been by a Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami as well as The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.