Hello! Well, before I get in to the whole formality of credentials, you probably want to know a little about me and what makes me tick. yea? My story is simple I suppose; Over the years, I learned that it was actually my parents influence that started me on my green and spiritual life. My mom always had a garden of herbs and flowers - mixing those with her pestle and mortar to make her own skin care, oil blends, and teas. I remember thinking how everything always smelled and tasted better, but I also never really appreciated the time and effort all this took. Until much later. I suppose this natural way of 'being' is what lead her to seek out shamans and a deeper sense of spirituality. Again, I never appreciated, until much later. My father was a bit more pragmatic. He taught me early on the importance hard work, enjoying the outdoors and working out. Yes, my love and addiction of running started early. really early.
Little did I know that falling in love with botanical aromas and mood altering essential oils at such an early age would start me on the path of becoming a holistic esthetician. I feel as though this path has consistently taken me on so many twists and turns, but the destination has always brought me back to deep energetic treatments, rooted with spirituality and conciseness. Now, this didn't come together all at once, I used to slather Noxzema, Clean and Clear, Oxy and all that junk on my face until it was red and raw. I used to believe if we stripped the skin of all the oil, I would be less pimply. Boy, was I wrong! That daily routine only made my skin hate me even more.
I read somewhere that, ‘Our skin is essentially the nervous system turned inside out’, can you imagine? This struck a chord. How can we properly treat and improve our skin if we are constantly throwing it curve balls? Harsh exfoliants, chemicals and peels can give you a temporary fix, but long term success is a far reach. Today, my treatments are rooted with intentional applications and modalities that will only nourish the skin by reverting back to tried and true practices to reduce inflammation. Facial massage, Gua Sha and Jade tools are my secret weapon and seriously, my one true love as it relates to our lymphatic system, and our entire being. Does that mean I that I won't listen when you tell me you want a peel or microdermabrasion? Absolutely not! Might I encourage you to try a natural fruit based enzyme or a herbal facial infusion to recreate your original plan? Yes. Might I suggest Dermaplaning instead as a less invasive treatment option? Yes. Our skin care journeys might be different, but I will always have a listening ear and heart to help create a skin care plan that suits your skin and lifestyle.
I’m pretty sure I’ve worn out my very patient husband with my relentless babble on skin and all things green. My pups, Homer and Nick(i) Nolte only listen because they enjoy lap sitting and long dog walks. Kids? I have four of them. I loved them so much they all decided to become adults, by running off to college to create their own wonderful lives. My biggest self-indulgence? Running. If I'm not home or at work, you will either find me running on a trail or on the road.
Education and Such In 2008 I attended the prestigious Euro Institute of Skin Care, where I later received my diploma in European and Naturopathic Skin Care and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Along with studying holistic skin care I received training in Waxing, Ayurvedic Therapies, Reflexology, Acutonics, and Aromatherapy. Along the way, I picked up a few other certifications:
Certified in facial Gua Sha, by Nefeli Corp. System of Chinese Medicine.
Certified Operator - Dien Chan Zone Facial Reflexology.
Certified in Dermaplane.
Striving for balance and harmony within ourselves, others, and the environment, along with proper nutrition play a large role in achieving stability in our lives. I believe that this philosophy will help create a healthy state of mind and beautiful skin from the inside out.