Since 1999, I have professionally guided and inspired women to nurture their health and bodies through a holistic approach that integrates bodywork, nutrition, herbal medicine and integrative health coaching. I am a certified Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, advanced bodyworker, Herbalist and Integrative nutrition Health Coach. Before becoming a healing profession, I worked as a Certified Montessori Early Childhood Educator for 20 years while raising two beautiful children in Berkeley, California.
If you told me that I’d feel better in my 50s than I did in my 30s, I wouldn’t have believed you.
My first act of conscious eating was in 1971. I was 7 years old. Staring into the deli case while my mother placed her order with the butcher, I saw the tag that said “tongue” next to what could only be—a tongue! Horrified…I never ate tongue again.
That was the first of a lifetime of conscious eating choices.
My next major act of conscious eating was in High School. While most teens were living on Pizza, Marlboros and Tab, my diet was mostly tofu, veggies and brown rice.
I practiced yoga with the over-60 crowd at the Senior Center, the only place in town to offer classes. I focused on the 3 part breath sitting crosslegged on the pink shag carpet of my childhood bedroom… read Carlos Castenada while I longed to study with the shamans of Mexico…and successfully treated myself with herbal medicine from Jethro Klosse’s Back To Eden.
My parents thought I was nuts and it was definitely very bizarre behavior for a Jewish Girl from Long Island in 1980.
As soon as I graduated, I high tailed it out of Long Island and hitchhiked across the country in my Birkenstocks, Indian print skirt and tie-dyed t-shirt, going to every Grateful Dead concert along the way.
Once settled in the Bay Area, I studied the closest I could to a holistic health education at San Francisco State University and roamed Mendocino County on the weekends with my herb books scouting wildflowers and native plants.
Since Holistic Health was not a clear career path, I followed another passion: education. I became an educator at a top Montessori School in Berkeley for the next 20 years.
My deeper calling at his time, however, was motherhood. Giving birth to my son, and then my daughter, was a profound game changer. From then on, above all, I was a dedicated mama.
So, there I was as a young 30-something, knee deep in Motherhood, working full time, a home in beautiful Berkeley, amazing friends— aahh—everything I’d ever dreamed of.
Yet…I wasn’t happy. I was exhausted, depleted, cranky, stressed and my body hurt. All. The. Time. But hey, I could take it, I was a “Supermom.”
Then it hit—a series of crises that knocked the wind out of me. Health Issues. Marital issues. Money issues. Career issues. Worst of all, my little boy suffered an asthma attack and we spent too many sleepless nights in the emergency room. His prognosis?
A lifetime on meds to manage his condition.
I refused to accept this and worked with a Chinese herbalist and my own hands-on-healing to help him recover. After a year of holistic treatments, he was cured.
Yet, all of this trauma left me completely unravelled.
So what did I do? Following my instincts, I went back to yoga and meditation. Delving deeply for 3 years, I was transformed. This led me into the healing arts—this time as a practitioner. After thousands of hours of of training, I earned certification in yoga, massage, bodywork, western herbal medicine and health coaching. In 2004, I hung the shingle for my first business, Massage For Moms.
As a conscious eater, I researched and tried countless approaches to eating to see what gave me the most energy and balance; Low-fat/ high-carb diets, low-carb/ high-protein diets, macrobiotic, Fat Flush, raw food and juice fasts. I experienced many healing modalities; acupuncture, therapy, dreamwork, dance journeys and energy healing.
Since then I’ve invested thousands of hours and thousands of dollars studying everything in the realm of diet, nutrition, health, healing, spiritual growth, personal growth, psychology, success, relationships, coaching, etc…You name it, I’ve been to that section of the bookstore.
I’ve advised mothers, doctors, attorneys, professors, even a New York Times best-selling author and a Ted Talk speaker.
Now as a 50-something, I am leaner, stronger, lighter, happier and have more energy than I did in my 30’s.
I would absolutely love to share with you what I’ve learned in my decades of research and hands on experience so you can feel his way too.