My path to bodywork started in 1996 when my
wife Elena became very ill with Crohn's disease. Knowing in my gut (no
pun intended) that there was something I could do to help, I picked up
a book on Reflexology and began to work on her. Thankfully, Elena got
better over time. I kept doing Reflexology on friends and family and I
continued to keep my career in finance.
An MBA and several dot com and corporate finance positions later, I was
laid off in 2002. Burnt out and knowing there was something more I was
meant to do, I made the decision to turn my hobby into a career. In 2002,
I walked into the San
Francisco School of Massage and enrolled in their program. I became
a CMT shortly afterwards and started my career in massage therapy.
My passion for massage therapy became clear. I took as many workshops
as I could, absorbing knowledge from all sorts of modalities and learning
from fantastic instructors and mentors.
Three years into my career, I was lucky enough to be invited to teach
at San Francisco School of
Massage (SFSM). I started teaching the Swedish Program and I currently
teach various workshops at SFSM. I also co-direct the Bodywork Therapist
program at SFSM. Over the years, I've noticed a definite molding of my
practice. As I've said to my students, “some of the best teachers
you will ever have will be the ones that show up on your table,”and
my clients have enlightened me towards a path of structural bodywork.
In 2007, I pursued this path and started my studies of Rolfing at The
Rolf Institute in Colorado. In 2008, I spent three months in Brazil
wrapping up my studies and I became a Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf
Movement Practitioner under the training of such greats as Jan Sultan
and Monica Caspari.
In 2009 I started my independent massage training
workshops under the name the California
Institute for Bodywork Education. Through this website I highlight
all my upcoming workshops. I consult at spas and am currently authoring
a book on body mechanics.
All of this in my opinion is the next step in my
development as a bodyworker and my 'blossoming' as a human being.
So, thanks for reading! I invite you to contact me if you have any
questions with regards to my practice or bodywork in general.