I first experienced the benefits and importance of massage as a teenager. Plagued with chronic back pain, I began to receive massages weekly and grew to understand the importance of self care and maintenance of our bodies. At this time I knew that massage would always be an important part of my life.
I first encountered Thai massage while traveling through Thailand in 2002 and truly fell in love. I tried to get a massage every day. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Not only was it intense and deep work but I also left each session feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. During this trip I not only fell in love with Thai massage, but I also fell in love with the people and the food! I was hooked! I'm not sure at the time I realized how important and influential Thailand would become to me, but I knew it was a very special place.
Four years later, I began to study massage at East West College in Portland, Oregon. It was here, I was given the option to take Thai Massage as an elective--needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity! In the fall of 2007, I returned to Thailand with my teacher Allison Longstreth Lurie, this time to learn. The country was as wonderful as I remembered; however, this trip was one of new beginnings, and when I began to realize my true passion for Thai Massage. I returned from this trip with a lot of knowledge, but also with a thirst to learn more. It was at this time that I found my way to the Naga Center, where I met my teacher Nephyr Jacobsen. At the Naga Center I have had the opportunity to study not only Thai Massage and Medicine, but the theories and history behind the art, which has led to a much deeper understanding of Traditional Thai Massage.In January 2009 I went back to Thailand, this time studying with Pichest Boonethume and Homprang Chaleekanha, both amazing teachers that I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to study with.
I am lucky enough to able to travel back to Thailand to delve deeper every couple of years. I am also very grateful that my teacher travels to the states so that I may continuously keep up with my studies.