Q: What’s your go-to coffee drink?
A: Dark Roast, black OR Cold Press with vanilla and cream.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
A: Can I have two favorites? Maeve’s Cafe in Northeast Minneapolis holds a special place in my heart and feels like home. Mary, the owner, is almost always there and always has fabulous (often colored blue) hair, earrings, and a friendly “hello.” I used to live 3 blocks away from Maeve’s s and my most favorite thing was to have a slow morning at my apartment with a walk to get my favorite drink: 16 oz cold press, sometimes with vanilla and cream.
More recently, I found Quixotic Coffee in Highland Park, St. Paul. This place is AMAZING. Cold Brew, beer, and kombucha on tap! My favorite drink is the Marko Polo, all the kombucha is wonderful, and the chai tea lattes smell divine.
Q: Where did you grow up? (childhood, hs, college, etc.)
A: Minneapolis, born and raised! Well, officially I was born in St. Louis Park, which is right next to Minneapolis, but I spent lots of time going downtown to Ballet Arts, where I trained in classical ballet until I was 18 (started at the age of 3!). I went on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Then, I took a semester off to pursue some contemporary dance opportunities in San Francisco during and ended up living there off and on for about 3 years. I miss the Bay! More recently, I attended Northwestern Health Sciences University for my Associate’s in Massage Therapy after feeling called for to a healing profession that incorporated my kinetic and body-aware self.
Q: What interested you in massage?
A: During my 20+ years of dancing, I inevitably had injuries and various aches and pains that required body work. I’ve seen so many talented body workers ranging from Physical Therapists to Chiropractors to massage therapists with training in MANY modalities. I found all of them to be so gifted with touch and healing. One practitioner, in particular, seemed to always know what to do to help my body resolve it’s injuries and dysfunction, through multiple massage modalities, which inspired me to pursue massage. I aspire to be your “go to gal” for therapeutic and rehabilitative (clinical) body work!
Q: Why therapeutic and rehabilitative (clinical) massage?
A: The long and short is that it’s effective, evidence-based, and specific. It caters to the anatomist in me and allows me to help people in a big way! You’ll never know how much soft tissue therapy can change your life until you try it!
Q: Do you remember getting your first professional massage?
A: I actually don’t! I’ve grown up receiving body work of various sorts. Regular maintenance has just become ingrained as part of my life/lifestyle.
Q: What’s the best part about being a massage therapist?
A: This list is long! I get to help people. I get to learn constantly. Massage therapists are in high demand. Clients love you! The job offers flexibility. I get to remain physically active on the job. There are many opportunities for continued education. Massage is becoming a more recognized treatment for holistic health!
Q: If you could give one bit of advice to people who are experiencing pain, chronic pain, or injury about massage therapy?
A: Try visiting your massage therapist that performs clinical massage for soft tissue therapy
You’d be surprised at how knowledgeable with touch/palpation and anatomy a Massage Therapist can be — it’s our special skill! As an alternative to medications and surgery for pain and (some) injury, massage therapy is a known holistic alternative for many different issues including, TMJ, migraines, plantar fasciitis, sciatica symptoms, carpal tunnel symptoms, frozen shoulder, and the list continues. The best part is that there’s research to prove it!
**Of course, make sure to consult a doctor or medical professional, should you have an injury that requires medical attention. Massage Therapists cannot diagnose injuries/symptoms or make medical recommendations so consult your doctor if you think you may be suffering from a specific injury… then come see us after to help the healing process!**
Q: When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your free-time?
A: Very recently, when I’m not working as a massage therapist or working on administrative and communications support for a yoga studio, I am cooking and baking! I love to try new recipes and experiment with new foods that I’ve never had before. A recent feat was cooking a 5 course meal to ring in 2018. I spent 10+ hours in the kitchen prepping and perfecting each dish.
On a regular basis, I will attend yoga or dance classes and love exploring what Minnesota has to offer from parks, to restaurants, to coffee shops, to excursions! I also enjoy taking photos – I have a hobby instagram page to house my miscellaneous snaps shots.
Q: Any closing statements?
A: Get a massage — It will probably change your life!!!