Joined 12 years ago from Berkeley, CA
Prior to earning my doctorate in Educational Psychology, I worked as an environmental reporter for an independent television production company in San Francisco. The program, IMPACT, was syndicated in 85 national markets including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. After three years, IMPACT was cancelled. After its cancellation, I worked on several other television programs, such as Wild Guide with Margaux Heminingway, and on several films such as Romeo and Juliet and Flubber. I also helped produce a documentary examining eating disorders among older women.
Yet I felt that I needed an occupation with more influence over the entire notion of communication, so I began teaching at San Francisco State University. I taught broadcasting, business communication, and finally English Composition/Literature. I remained at SFSU for 12 years, but during my last years of teaching there, the CSU system faded out the remedial student program sending these students to Community colleges rather than allowing them to enroll in the CSU system. Since these were the students with whom I enjoyed my teaching experiences most, I decided to leave teaching as a profession; the notion of "organized education" had become very much like the concept of "organized religion", another method of thinking, behaving, and working to which I have a distinct aversion.
So I took a year in order to figure out what to do next, and I was very much surprised that I chose to become a massage therapist. I began this new process with a year's worth of training (750 hours), and then branched off into learning specific modalities more thoroughly; these modalities include Acupressure, Craniosacral therapy, Energy massage, Myofacial Release, Polarity holds, Reiki, Shiatsu, Thai, and Zen Shiatsu.
I perform massage in a variety of venues; I do out calls--going to peoples' homes, I perform Chair Massage for a variety of corporations, and I work as an Independent contractor with several spas.
I continue to study new modalities, and I also conduct research on the effects of the modalities that I currently perform; for example, Acupressure has the ability to relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, melancholy, and Acupressure also helps balance peoples' energies by unblocking the flow of chi through their bodies.
At the same time that I am a massage therapist, I am also a writer. I write both fiction and nonfiction, and I conduct research on a variety of topics. In addition I also tutor online working with clients all over the world who want to learn English as a second language.
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