My passion for skincare and massage started at an early age. My family holds touch in high esteem, and I fondly remember receiving massages on almost a daily basis from my mother and older sister. Since then, I received hundreds of facials and massages from numerous talented providers. I continue to experiment with different skincare products and philosophies
I've been a licensed massage therapist since 2005. In 2009, I also became a licensed esthetician; although, I feel like I've been a lifelong student of the profession of being a beauty practitioner. My love for massage enabled me to perform over 10,000 hours (and counting) of bodywork during my career. From South Dakota State University, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies; my emphasis focused on non-verbal communication and movement education. Also, I worked part-time from 2014 to 2018 under an industry leading, local dermatologist where I provide medical treatments such as microneedling and advanced chemical peels.
Recently, I refocused my practice and channeled my time and energy into functional, whole person skincare. My facials are always heavily massage-focused, as I have found we can do amazing things with clean products, consistent routines, and our HANDS. I continue to train and study in order to deepen my practice by delving into subjects like deep tissue cleansing, detoxifying modalities, and nutrition targeted for the skin. Seeing that each unique client has a need for personalized care, I tailor my sessions to address these needs from a holistic view.
These personalized sessions create long-lasting, positive changes and result in glowing beauty from within and out. As part of my practice, clients receive customized suggestions and strategies, which empowers each of them to take their skin transformation and lasting health into their own hands. Together we will reach, maintain, and (possibly) even exceed your skincare goals. I look forward to working with you to achieve your skin’s highest potential!
I credit my mother for my love of massage. We were raised with a lot of physical affection; from an early age, I learned the value of healthy touch. We traded neck massages many evenings, and I saw how such a simple thing made my mom feel so much better after a long day of work. When I was 12 years old, I started buying her massages every year for her anniversary. That massage therapist observed that since I loved massage so much, I should become a therapist someday. That memory has always stuck with me.
I truly care about people. I have had several jobs throughout the years; yet, they were all very people-oriented. Life brought me to Utah and then to Minnesota. I attended college in the Minneapolis area to study French and Spanish. Besides touch and people, I also love language. When life brought me back to Rapid City, utilizing my French skills for employment proved challenging. (Imagine that!) That challenge led me to massage school in 2004, and I have been providing massages ever since. I love every minute of it!
After school, I worked in a physical therapist’s office, which was very educational. I gear my massage technique in this direction and toward deep-tissue work. The human body and its ability to heal itself fascinates me. When people come in with certain areas of pain, I specifically address those areas. My goal is for my client to leave feeling deeply relaxed and with significantly reduced pain. I aim is to provide my client with an idea of how to prevent their pain from recurring. I also believe in letting my clients zone out and go to another place during their massage.
My educational courses include Thai Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue work, and Sports Massage. I incorporate these techniques into all my massages. I’m so grateful I found a career that I truly love and that recharges me every day!
I chose to pursue a career in massage therapy after discovering the western medicine “machine” while working towards becoming a nurse. The more I began to learn about the health-care industry, the more I realized that they provided “sick care.” I wanted to provide “health care” and nurture from a mind-body-spirit approach rather than providing drugs to treat compounding symptoms. I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2003, and I have enjoyed being a massage instructor over the years.
Although I do not use hot stones, I am confident that I can help heal the deepest of stresses and injuries. I maximize the effectiveness of the treatment through treating mind-body-spirit. The Nook’s peaceful environment, conducive to relaxation and stress relief, assists the mind. I specialize in deep tissue massage, integrative massage, and Swedish massage (all of which benefit the body through soft tissue manipulation). Throughout my extensive practice, I developed treatments utilizing reflexology and energy clearing to treat the spirit.
I believe in a self-sustaining life; thus, I grow a vegetable garden and raise ducks and chickens. In the evenings, my little family sings and dances as we cook. During my spare time I enjoy taking my 3 children camping. We love spending time in nature!
I am excited to grow a new clientele at The Nook while fulfilling my life’s goal of fostering health and happiness.
I love the Black Hills and enjoy working, playing, and raising an active family here! Along with outdoor adventures, my husband and I know how the toll of long hours in the workplace can influence our energy and leave behind unwanted tension on the body. These experiences led me to discover my passion for massage.
Although my journey of massage therapy just began with my license in 2019, my life-experience and knowledge of how self-induced stress, trauma, and society-driven tension impact our bodies, mind, and spirit.
I am passionate about the restorative properties of massage, and I always strive to provide the most complete treatment possible during a session. Massage restores balance and function to overworked bodies. I'm thrilled to provide this step of self-care for overall wellness through mind and muscle relaxation!
My interest in massage and the healing arts was born out of my own journey through injury recovery as the physical demands of my rigorous schedule and active lifestyle took their toll on my body. My exploration during this healing process delved into everything from eastern medicine and acupuncture, to yoga and the Alexander Technique; all of which revealed a whole new passion and ultimately, a profound desire to help others using my personal experience and innate healing talents.
Since I became a licensed massage therapist in 2009, I have worked and studied to refine my craft across the country. I earned credentials as a massage therapist by completing a 500-hour training while simultaneously earning my Reiki level III practitioner. A native of the Black Hills and now returning full circle to Rapid City, I have practiced in Boulder, CO, Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA, Finger Lake, AK, and Little Rock, AR.
Continuing to develop my healing skills, I participated in an intense program at the world-renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. At Harbin School of Healing Arts in Middletown, CA, I studied principals of Shiatsu, Thai-Yoga Massage, and Harbin's own Watsu massage. I still continue to grow my skill set with subsequent training in Hot Stone Massage, Lomi-Lomi, Deep-Tissue, and Sports Massage.
I look forward to our journey together of finding healing and balance for you!