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Autumn is joyfully preparing for the birth of her first child.
Autumn is on leave from her healing work, and will make decisions about returning to practice in the months after her baby arrives in January.
From a young age, I have been interested in forms of healing that seek to bring a person’s being back into balance from within, and also into healthy relationship with community and the whole of life, including the natural world. During my teens I apprenticed with one of the premier teachers of neuromuscular therapy in the Pacific Northwest. Following this, I formally studied massage therapy, with a focus on clinical work and deep tissue, at the Montana School of Massage in Missoula. I have been a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Practitioner (LMBT) in North Carolina since 2003.
My hope is that in receiving massage therapy from me, you will experience a peaceful and nurturing space. It is my goal to support your natural capacity to heal. I enjoy working with people over time to address chronic patterns of tension, to help the body let go of stress and to lend warmth, healing and professional touch to areas of pain. As you bring your own attentiveness and awareness to the table, I am able to work with you to help facilitate healing change that ideally will bring you closer to a sense of vibrancy and well being.
In 2017 I began practicing a gentle form of bodywork and integrated energy work. After 14 years of practicing deep tissue, with focus on injury treatment, I’ve been excited with the results I’ve been seeing in shifting exclusively to this subtle approach to the body and nervous system. During sessions, I work with people clothed.
From 2008-2010 I developed and directed the newly established Therapeutic Massage A.A.S. Program for Haywood Community College, in Clyde, NC. I taught various modalities of massage therapy, kinesiology and practitioner skills, and supervised the student clinic.
For your safety, in the case of certain medical conditions, I may ask you to bring a doctor’s release from your physician clearing you to receive massage therapy. Unless you give me written permission to speak with another health care provider on your behalf, all health information you share with me is kept confidential.
My style addresses deep muscular tension, but is also nurturing and gentle. During your massage I will encourage you to communicate with me so that the work can be as effective as possible. I want you to feel safe and happy on the table, and while we may sometimes go to the edge of tenderness in working with muscles, I will be checking in with you and you may ask me to pause or lighten up at any time.
In 2008 I attended the University for Peace in Costa Rica, earning my M.A. in Environmental Security and Peace. My thesis research focused on positive models for happy living, through fieldwork with the indigenous community of Yorkin in southeastern Costa Rica. My undergraduate work was in Peace and Conflict Studies and Anthropology, and I also work as a consultant in the field of peace research. In 2010-2011 I spent 3 months in Plum Village, a meditation center founded by Buddhist poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. During that time I learned more about healing and peace work. I am dedicated to helping build and participate in peaceful community, and believe healing touch to be part of that journey.
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