Welcome to Two Hearts Wellness and to premiere health coaching and traditional Chinese style Asian bodywork therapy services. I am a former academic, a forever scholar, and a passionate health and wellness advocate. It is my goal to provide excellent, informative, and lasting health benefits to people who are ready for change, improvement, and life-long learning and self-discovery.
If this is you, keep reading!
A little background: I spent my formative years either in graduate school or in academia but I also have extensive experience in strength training and fitness/wellness. Growing up in Santa Barbara, California meant that I spent my life at either the beach or at the gym. While pursuing my doctorate in Hispanic literature, I worked in the weight room at Indiana University and was an elected representative on the student health/wellness advisory committee. During school breaks, I’d often go with my best friend to her family’s home in Chicago. While there, I would sigh over the library of my bestie’s dad (a retired orthopedic surgeon) and say, “If I had two lives to live, I’d be an orthopedic doctor.”
When the time came to leave academia, I knew just what I wanted to do. I LOVE muscles and bones and could not be more excited to begin my second career in the field of traditional Chinese medicine. Indeed, I prolonged my misspent youth by returning to graduate school for a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with the goal of becoming a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.
At present: I am a certified health coach, a certified personal trainer with a specialty certificate in sports nutrition, a certified yoga instructor, a second-degree Reiki practitioner, and–last but certainly not least–I am credentialed through the AOBTA to provide Asian Bodywork (Chinese style tui na) therapy. I have offices in North and South Austin and I genuinely love working with clients who have musculoskeletal issues, digestive problems, sleep issues, and/or anxiety/stress challenges. I also do a lot of facial rejuvenation and aesthetic work, which is great fun. As a health coach, I attract people who are genuinely committed to change and who want to be challenged to think. I am, after all, a former professor and I do sincerely love to inspire thought!
Board exams and specialty areas: Licensed acupuncturists and herbalists undergo four board exams: Acupuncture; Herbs; Foundations of Chinese Medicine; and Western Biomedicine. I recently passed my biomedicine and my acupuncture boards and expect to be finished with all exams by the end of winter. As an clinical intern, both in acupuncture and with bodywork, I focused on musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I underwent considerable training in facial rejuvenation and aesthetic treatment. I also did a lot of work with men’s health. As my practice unfolds, I expect that I will continue to work with injured athletes; musicians who have repetitive use injury; folks who are challenged by anxiety; people who need support for their digestive function; and with those who simply want to nurture and balance their health. I will also deepen my practice of dermatology, a topic that I LOVE, and continue to offer facial rejuvenation and other aesthetic treatments as part of the spectrum of the aforementioned health-nurturance plans. I am especially keen on anything related to the muscles and skeleton, men’s health, digestion, anxiety/stress relief, and anything in the field of dermatology, including aesthetic skincare.
As a health coach now, I focus on positive, mindful, affirmative support that directly addresses client concerns. If the goal is weight loss, we do more than just count calories. If it’s managing a health condition, then education and empowerment are a focus. Body image problems, poor lifestyle habits, and/or feeling stuck are common issues that many people face. But your individual situation belongs to you, and I will work directly with you to find solutions, to get around obstacles, and to pave the road for lasting change.
In my role as a bodywork therapist, I “listen” with my hands and am genuinely able to connect with what the individual most needs in that moment. Until I am licensed, I practice all the wonders that traditional Chinese therapies have to offer to a patient except the needles and herbs. This in no way limits the what I am able to do at this time. I love practicing tui na, cupping, gua sha, auriculotherapy (via ear seeds), and moxa and am always so happy to bring joy and ease to those who come to me for bodywork therapy. I have even developed a signature no-needle facial rejuvenation treatment that you will truly love. Are you ready to experience traditional Chinese healing therapy without the needles? Make an appointment and see how wonderful this ancient tradition is for so many conditions, from pain to anxiety to digestive problems, and more, including aesthetics and beauty.
I update my web site regularly and will make changes to this page as things develop, but for now, this is where it’s at as of winter 2018.
So…are you looking for an intuitive bodyworker who knows and loves muscles and bones? Would you like to try all the wonders of Chinese traditional therapy without the needles? Do you want to work with a health coach who listens and who truly hears you, one who is smart, passionate, knowledgable, and enthusiastic about you and your long-term health gains? One who can construct an effective fitness program that nurtures your health and genuinely enriches you in a way that complements your life and your schedule?
You’ve found the right place. Welcome to Two Hearts Wellness™ and thank you for trusting me to be an integral part of your own fitness and wellness journey.
Note: Two Hearts Asian bodywork therapy is available by appointment in South Austin all day Sunday and on Monday afternoons at 2919 Manchaca Rd., Ste. 101 in Austin, TX 78704 (located inside Heather Gordon Spa and Wellness). On Monday until 2:00 p.m. and all day on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Two Hearts services are offered in North Austin at 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste N8, Austin, TX 78759. Health coaching appointments are available at other times and do not require in-person visits.
I have a scholar’s love of writing so there is lot to discover on this web site. Do feel free to look around, and please enjoy!
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