The daughter of military parents, I've had a passion for fitness and adventure instilled in me from an early age. A lover of the outdoors, you’ll frequently find me rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, or snowboarding. I first began my holistic journey in grade school. After September 11, 2001, my mother was reactivated by her Marine unit and I lived with family members while my mother was stationed on a military base in Illinois. It was while staying at my Aunt Trish’s house, a massage therapist, yogi, and nurse, that I first began to learn about yoga, massage, essential oils, meditation, smoke cleansing, and sacred animals.
In the years that followed, I continued my yoga practice, although not frequently. It wasn’t until my senior year in High School that it turned from an occasional way to relax and stretch to a necessary way to maintain my range of motion. During a difficult day of weight training, I lost my balance while squatting my maximum lift weight and nearly ruptured the disk between the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Weight lifting was no longer an option and with the many weeks of rest and chiropractic visits that followed, yoga became my escape and I contribute my recovery and continued mobility, strength, and flexibility to my practice and the amazing chiropractors and acupuncturists I worked with.
It was a few years later while working in Wisconsin and Illinois as a horse trainer and groom I met an Equine Massage Therapist through mutual clients of ours. I then began learning techniques to help horses stretch, reduce muscle tension, and improve soundness. I later completed the Therasage Equine Massage program and received my certification in 2012 and have been using the techniques I learned on our horses here on the ranch. I hope in 2023 to bring my skills to the local Rodeo and help not just the cowboys and cowgirls but their horses as well.
My journey then brought me to South East Montana with my husband on his family’s ranch where we raise cow calf pairs. While working on the ranch I continued to follow my passion and completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training through Swastha Yoga International right here in the beautiful Black Hills. After completing my training I continued my education delving deeper into other holistic practices, such as Ayurvida, Pilates, Physical Therapy, and Massage.
After visiting and working in New Zealand my husband, Brandon, and I fell in love with the Kiwi lifestyle, landscape, and cattle operations. With much consideration, my husband and I decided to move to the beautiful island country so we both could attend University and continue to follow our passions. Brandon attended Lincoln University where he received a Bachelors in Agriculture and I attended the New Zealand College of Massage graduating with Merit and a degree in Clinical Massage Therapy. During our time in the southern hemisphere we experienced many incredible adventures my favorite of which was skating for Christchurch's Roller Derby team Dead End Derby.
It was in New Zealand that I began developing my new service, Yogassage. While it's similar to Thai Massage it's instead a combination of my knowledge of the way the body moves and massage. Yogassage has been created by continuous learning from Pilates, Aerialists, Physical Therapists, and Personal trainers. This Holistic approach is what makes my practice unique from others.
After many years abroad the hills called us home and we came back to the family ranch. My husband and I have a love of nature and a passion for agriculture that our land has been feeding for years and now it's time to continue moving! My new location in Belle Fourche, SD will now allow me to continue my passion. I will now be able to offer.