gua sha loving
My devotion to helping women to heal and age gracefully has led me to my lifelong journey. I began my massage career in 1998. As a dancer for 14 years, I was fascinated with how the body works, and what helps it operate in a proper manner. Once I began working with people, I realized that my passion became more of an obsession. After six years of doing massage, I graduated from the Aveda Institute Chicago and began my career as a dually licensed Esthetician.
This work inspired me to continue learning and explore even deeper ways to help people on more advanced levels. In skincare, a HUGE part of SKIN HEALTH, is what we put in our body. Growing up I had fairly severe digestive issues. Wanting to heal myself, fix my skin and assist my clients in doing so, I became a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Continuing my journey, I felt there were still a few pieces missing… enter Connective Tissue Massage, Dien Chan Zone Facial Reflexology and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. These are so gentle and so POWERFUL for both skin and body wellness.
For 14+ years of working with different skincare lines and becoming very frustrated with the “one-size-fits-all” skin care? And the enormous amount of toxic ingredients that are used in products, as well as the ridiculous amount of “GREEN WASHING” that companies use saying their products are clean and safe, when they REALLY are NOT, and ingredients that actually CAUSE HARM to the skin, create INTERNAL damage, and can AGE the skin quicker.
During school for nutrition I became quality - ingredient obsessed, which led me to really looking at skin care product labels. I wanted to delve deep into not only, into clean, safe and sustainable ingredients but also how to make them for individual needs, since none of us have a one-size-fits-all skin needs. I decided to learn how to formulate and create, customize skin care for myself and my clients by becoming a Certified Boutique Skincare Designer. Though very new and much to learn, and am very excited to be able to create healing, clean skincare for women.
After years of certifications and continuing education classes, I am a life long student and still obsessed with continuing my quest for knowledge and adding more layers to assist clients in a Holistic - Whole Body and Skin way.