My personal experience in self-care, health, and well-being began relatively at a young age. At age 19, I began to practice Hatha Yoga. I learned the importance of meditation and to be attuned with my mind, body, and breathe. Fast forward ten years from then, I received 200 hours of yoga teacher certification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Val Morin, Canada. I learned the 5 principles of Sivananda Yoga which are: proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation. These principals have given me clarity on my personal and career journey.
My career journey as a Certified Massage Therapist and Somatic Educator in the tradition of Thomas Hanna (in-training) started later in my adult life. Prior to my bodywork practice, I worked as a public school-teacher for 13 years. I taught Spanish Immersion to Kindergarteners, Third Graders, then Spanish to high school students. My goal is to continue to work with people (young to elderly) to engage individuals to achieve their personal health and wellness goals. After careful deliberation, I decided to shift my career focus to more health and wellness.
I enrolled in the massage program at the National Holistic Institute (NHI) in San Francisco and Emeryville, California and I completed 1350 hours of training and education. I find it is very important and fun to deepen my practice with continuing education classes every year. Currently, I am enrolled in 2 (three-year) programs, which are: 1.) Hanna Somatic Education at the Novato Institute of Research and Learning in Novato, California. *To learn more about Hanna Somatics Education go to HannaSomatics.com*; 2.) Masters Program in Somatic Psychology at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) in San Francisco, California. I am really excited to be able to participate in both programs in order to continue to grow personally and in my profession in health and wellness.
Meanwhile, through my practice and education, I have learned to “listen” with my hands and observe body-language in order to serve the needs of the clients. With my hands I am able to evaluate the quality of the soft tissue, imbalances in the structure and emotional elements that may be locked in the muscles. I have a better understanding how the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement can create and/or be the root cause of most chronic muscular pain, which stems from long term overly contracted muscles, overuse, injury, and trauma. Educating my clients about Somatics is a perfect opportunity for me to guide them through pain-free sessions of neuromuscular movement re-education also known as mind-body training.
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Cervantes Therapeutic Bodywork
James Flood Building
870 Market Street, Suite 349
San Francisco, CA 94102
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