WHAT I DO
As a health clinic owner and registered acupuncture practitioner, I spend a fair amount of my time holding space for people’s pain and possibility.
I always invite Compassion and Curiosity into the room with me, as it’s thanks to the grace they both allow that I’ve been able to access healing of my own.
There is magic in my lineage and medicine in my hands.
My decades of learning and integrating have come together into this body of work: Meaningful Movement.
My kinesiology degree and fitness-instructor training have merged with my Chinese Medicine knowledge and the thousands of hours I’ve spent tending to people’s stories through their bodies. Through this, a new lens on health and wellness has formed.
My lived understanding of childhood trauma and nervous-system regulation have joined forces with my disordered exercise history for the express purpose of taking down the culture that perpetuated it.
Most joyfully of all, my nine-year-old self’s dream of becoming an author aims to be fulfilled as I share my story and do my part to disrupt what I know in my bones needs disrupting.
HOW I GOT HERE
I’ve been an acupuncturist for over 21 years and a clinic owner for almost 10.
Before that I was a personal trainer and fitness instructor working in the belly of the beast: a private, pushy sales–style gym, run by a deeply traumatized and body-obsessed woman.
At the tender age of 19, I cut my teeth in the industry as a receptionist at a gym that was a downtown hot spot. That gym was owned by a sexual predator who used his business to ogle young women in their workout gear.
Those were some times, let me tell you.
As a collegiate athlete studying kinesiology and psychology, the leap into the fitness industry after graduation was a natural one. The over-exercise I participated in was normalized—lauded even—and I had no idea there was any other way.
I had the privilege to dabble in therapy, because on some level I understood that my relationships with food and exercise were not right, but the therapy I had access to as a financially strapped student and young person was not helpful. (You can read about one of those experiences here).
At age 30 the life I had so carefully curated around my trauma and my disorder collapsed. It was from that wreckage that my true healing began.
I’ve spent the last decade deepening into genuine self-care and fostering self compassion. I learned how to practice body liberation. I was able to disarm my perfectionism and separate my worth from my waistline in a way that freed me from the prison I’d been in since I was a teenager.
Through this process, I also began to see how our tendency as humans to subjugate our bodies, as opposed to truly inhabit them, mirrors the destructive relationship we have created with our other living, breathing home: the Earth.
-I am grateful to reside on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish Lekwungen-speaking people-
WHY I DO IT
When I was on the cusp of turning 20 years old and just beginning to abuse my body with exercise, there was no question I could have used some resources.
As my disorder ramped up a few years later while at university, I was often working out four to five hours a day. I desperately could have used some support.
When I was training clients as a fitness professional while also harbouring a deep disgust for my own body, I needed a healthy mentor.
This is my mission.
I am here to offer RESOURCES, SUPPORT, and MENTORSHIP for those who seek it.
I strive to be the dissenting voice amongst a sea of pushy and punitive ones that asks, “How can we best care for ourselves and the planet through Meaningful Movement?”
What are my Values?
(And how am I acting on them?)
More than ever before, it feels important to seek out values transparency as a consumer and citizen of the planet. Before I follow someone’s work or purchase something from them, I want to know where they stand on issues of climate crisis, human rights, and race.
Here’s where I stand and what I’m doing.