I was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
My amazing warm-hearted artist mother, Vika, was from Greece, and so when I was 15 my family moved to Greece. I lived over 20 years in Greece, and I feel my connection deeply.
When I was young, I developed low back pain apprenticing in a production pottery in Greece. A little exercise series in a book I read immediately made the pain go away, and it consistently worked for me. That's how I discovered how powerful doing things for your body can be. I also discovered how much I like telling people about it, since anytime any friend or relation mentioned back pain I would have them down on the floor doing the exercise!
Well, my parents were artists so that's what I knew. I went to art school, and I loved it, and I most wholeheartedly loved learning about human anatomy.
Later I learned about Pilates, which reminded me a lot of those first back pain exercises. I jumped into studying then teaching Pilates, thrilled with how much it helped people feel better and understand their own bodies better.
My next step started with bouts of waking up multiple times every night with both hands numb. I got ahold of the book "The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook," and found that working on my own scalene muscles cured the numbness in my hands. How powerful is that? I had to learn more! That's how I found the Hendrickson Method.
Studying with Katy Bowman about human alignment and biomechanics, and her exercise method to restore our natural alignment, has been what really ties everything together for me.
This work that I'm doing is so satisfying to me because it is about the power of healing yourself through understanding more about your body.
* Restorative Exercise Specialist, certified by Nutritious Movement™
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EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, TEACHERS:
2017 Foot Mobilisation Therapies, ongoing study
Original Strength Coach Level 1 Certification
2015 Certified by Nutritious Movement™ to teach Move Your DNA workshops
2014 Hendrickson Method® Advanced Therapist Certification, Berkeley, CA
2013 Restorative Exercise Specialist Certified by Nutritious Movement™
2012 Hendrickson Method® Therapist Certification, Berkeley, CA
Healthy Foot Practitioner, certified by Restorative Exercise Institute
2011 Hendrickson Method® Practitioner Certification, Berkeley, CA
2009 Pilates Excel Certification, Rebecca Leone, Seattle, WA
2006 Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certification, Body Kinetics, Mill Valley, CA
Pilates Method Alliance Certification
2001 MFA Spatial Arts, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1997 BFA Ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Continuing studies and re-certifications with Katy Bowman and the Hendrickson Method Institute. TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises), and other ongoing explorations.
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