Using the Creative Arts and Shiatsu for the Betterment of all

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"Music was a liquid form which nurtured and inspired me. It made me aware of the flow of life. There was no question of known or unknown. But there was meaningful stimulation, learning about the qualities of life through musical perception. It made me aware of the flow of life."

Carolyn Kenny, MT-BC, healer, writer


Expect to be met with kindness, respect, and curiosity. My goal is to be as open as needed with a strong foundation. I aim to serve, and continue in my practice as an agent of peace through honesty and reflection. Let's be in communication about what YOU desire from spending time together. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I promote transformation and self-nurturing through creative exploration and practice.


When you arrive on site, you'll fill out a brief intake form to get a better picture of your overall health.  

During your shiatsu session it is best to wear soft, loose-fitting, clothing such as sweats or yoga clothes.  If able, you will be invited to lie down on a futon, or cotton mat, that has been prepared for your arrival.  Depending on your specific situation, the practitioner will ask you to lie on your back, on your stomach, or in some cases on your side.  

Zen Shiatsu is a distinct form of treatment, wherein the practitioner will use diagnostic methods to determine the current state of the energy in your body.  Often, the practitioner will begin and end the session with hara (abdominal) diagnosis.    From Zen Shiatsu Chicago, "all of the twelve meridians pass through the abdomen providing an ideal place to assess the energy of the whole body.   Using both hands, the practitioner will gently touch the hara to get a sense of the meridians that are most kyo (deficient) and most jitsu (excessive).  With this information, the practitioner can provide a treatment that is best suited for your needs.

The practitioner may use palms, fingers, or thumbs to treat the meridans.  They will use leverage and their body weight rather than muscle strength to control the amount of pressure.  This is safer for both the receiver and the practitioner and allows for a range of pressure from very light to very deep based on the receiver's needs and preferences. The practitioner may check in with you to make sure that the amount of pressure feels right.  During the session, feel free to let the practitioner know if you would prefer more or less pressure.

A treatment will address the whole body, with extra emphasis on resolving your primary complaint." - Zen Shiatsu Chicago website


Nourishing Restoration, Growth, and Assurance

Supporting balance and integration in the environments I inhabit, is my calling. Since 2011, I have provided people in the Chicagoland area a wide range of psychological and creative services to suit their needs. Whether you’re an individual, a couple, a social group or a family looking for authentic engagement - my therapy and collaborative sessions are designed to reflect back your inherent worth, potential, existing challenges, and co-developed to support you in the journey you envision for yourself. Take a look at the opportunities I offer, and get in touch with me today.


In my therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Music Therapy Assessment beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.


There can be many callings to seek creative and therapeutic engagement. Our work together will be co-determined; I fundamentally believe in the capacity of all people to live optimally, and I am sufficiently humble to know that I don't know what "optimally" looks like to you. I look forward to our work together.


If you’re looking for quality Insight Music Therapy sessions with a certified Music Therapist that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I guide my patients every step of the way and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards all of life’s most complex matters. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.


From Zen Shiatsu Chicago:

"Zen Shiatsu is a unique form of bodywork that provides the satisfaction of touch along with a profound energy-balancing experience. It is based on thousands of years of Eastern philosophy and methods of healing.  Shiatsu directly treats the meridian pathways within the body that channel Ki energy … our life essence. We experience this energy in the form of movement, communication, respiration, digestion, thoughts, feelings and spirituality. Any blockage or stagnation of energy within the meridians can result in physical, psychological and emotional disease. Zen Shiatsu helps you balance your energy on all levels, while experiencing a profoundly relaxing and clinically therapeutic musculoskeletal treatment.

When part of the body is energy-deficient, and not pulling its weight, other areas of the body must overexert to pick up the slack. The treatment goal of shiatsu is to energize these deficiencies, thus allowing the symptoms of overactivity to melt away.

A Zen Shiatsu treatment is as deep or as gentle as a receiver requires. The practitioner contacts the receiver’s energy level at an appropriate depth and with great sensitivity. Zen Shiatsu practitioners use both hands. One hand is used to listen, and sound out the responses of the receiver. When the other hand reaches an appropriate depth, an energetic connection passes between the hands of the giver. The receiver’s body tells the giver when the pressure is right. An energetic circuit is created between the hands of the giver, catalyzing change and movement in the body of the receiver.

Full-body stretches are also used to release areas of chronic stagnation and blockage. These stretches amplify and isolate the areas of stagnation, and receivers are encouraged to breathe deeply into their lines of tension. A rhythmic dance develops in the receiver’s body between expansive stretching and deep compression.

Zen Shiatsu is appropriate for all ages and body types. It is performed fully clothed, with the receiver usually lying on a futon on the floor. For receivers who have difficulty lying on the floor, the work is easily adapted to a chair. Treatments last one hour. Zen Shiatsu is very effective in conditions where emotional disturbance or stress is an underlying factor. While this could be said to include all ailments, the following are the conditions most widely regarded as stress-related:

    * Insomnia
    * Anxiety and Depression
    * Muscular Tension
    * Headaches
    * Digestive Disturbances
    * Menstrual Dysfunction
    * Low Resistance to Infection

Zen Shiatsu is also an effective treatment for the musculoskeletal system. It works directly on the tissues involved, stimulating healing and relaxation responses. It is therefore effective in the treatment of:

    * Backache
    * Synovitis
    * Sprains and Strains
    * Neck and Shoulder Stiffness
    * Joint Pain

The localized physical effects of Zen Shiatsu also relieve:

    * Sinus Congestion
    * Retention of Fluid in Tissues
    * Poor Circulation"


I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in a musical home. I attained a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. I came to Illinois initially to undergo the Music Therapy internship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital under the supervision of Soozie Cotter-Schaufele and Louise Dimiceli-Mitran. I've continued to serve in a multitude of settings, primarily psychiatric and behavioral health, as well as medical and hospice. 

 I am committed to continual growth. I aim to serve humanity from a foundational belief in the capacity of people to exist with resiliency and creative potential, and with compassion for self and others. 

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