Why I'm Passionate About What I Do:
I am deeply passionate about the work that I do with my clients because of my own experience with chronic illness and the integral role that my journey to health has played in my life.
When I was (mis)diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, I was faced with a great deal of fear and overwhelm. After being given that diagnosis, I had no one to help guide me on the path I had just been pushed down.
As I began to emerge from the dark cloud that hung over me, I began to seek alternative ways of healing my body. I simply didn’t resonate with the “take a pill and live with it” philosophy of Western medicine and I knew deep inside that there had to be other ways to help my body heal. (You can now read the WHOLE story of my journey in my book, "You Are Not Your Diagnosis." Check it out here!)
The Beginning of My Healing Journey
At first, I returned to getting weekly biofeedback sessions, something which I had been exposed to at the age of 12 when horrific migraines took over my life. I was seeking a way to feel more in control of my anxiety and stress and biofeedback was a great practical tool to help with that.
I dove into therapy to help me process my grief, fear, and overwhelm.
At my therapist’s suggestion, I began attending a "yoga for healing" class at a local studio in Santa Barbara, where I was living at the time.
Looking back, I now believe my getting sick in 2004 was a wake-up call, a "cosmic two-by-four to the head." I had been in grad school for 3 years and was miserable but afraid to quit because I didn't know what it was that I wanted to do with my life...
Well, when I got sick and then when my best friend passed away suddenly the following year, I realized how short life really is and that I could no longer pursue something that brought me no joy. I quit my program and got a job (any job with health insurance would do!) while I set up about figuring things out.
It was during the course of one of my weekly biofeedback sessions that I realized what I did want to do... I could see myself learning this approach and helping others! And then, as I came to enjoy my yoga for healing class more and more, I became excited to train to teach therapeutic yoga as well.
My path had found me....
I went back to school, getting a master's degree in somatic (mind-body) psychology and pursuing training in biofeedback and therapeutic yoga.
I moved to Portland and started my business and I began focusing on helping clients with anxiety, stress, and illness.
Then, in 2012, BodyTalk entered my life. At that time, I was having a persistent pain in my left knee that nothing seemed to help... I had met someone who was a "BodyTalk Practitioner" the year before and decided that maybe now was the time to try a session.
I was so amazed when after that very first session, my knee showed significant improvement. The pain that had been going on for at least 3 months was about 95% gone after one session!
And not only did my knee feel better but I noticed that there were shifts in other areas of my life- like my emotional state. I was fascinated by this approach and after a few more sessions, I decided I needed to take the practitioner’s training class that was happening locally a few months later.
BodyTalk has become the primary healing modality that I use in my work with clients now because it brings amazing, powerful results to a wide range of physical and emotional issues. I am continually taking classes to expand my skillset and knowledge base. Recently, I have added the Body Intuitive training (closely related to BodyTalk with an East meets West approach) to my practice.
I now see myself as a mentor to others on the healing path, teaching them tools and skills to advocate for themselves when dealing with doctors as well as encouraging them to make self-care part of their daily lives.
With my intuition guiding me and a tool kit full of various modalities to use as needed, each session with me is unique and meets you where you are at in the moment.
Why “Heart Fire Healing”?
When I began studying BodyTalk back in 2012, I soon became very intrigued by Chinese Five Elements theory, which is part of the BodyTalk system. While initially I had named my business Body in Balance, several years after bringing BodyTalk into my practice, my work began to shift and I felt drawn to give my business a new name.
One day when I saw studying the Fire Element, which is connected to the organ of the heart, the name Heart Fire Healing sprung to mind.
The Fire Element and the heart are connected to the emotion of joy and to the energy of maximum expansion (represented by the season of summer). The Fire Element also represents the consciousness of self-awareness and knowing who we really are, as well as representing a deep synthesis of knowing of life.
All of these concepts truly resonated with the work that I was beginning to do with clients to heal chronic illness and I was inspired to change the name of my business to Heart Fire Healing.