Hi, I’m Angela.
A bodyworker, entrepreneur, educator, herbalist, & artist dedicated to helping you improve your health & wellbeing.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, with artistic talent, a curious mind and a vision of an empowered life, I’m delighted to have created a healing arts practice that has literally touched thousands.
Through abdominal therapies, bodywork services and client education, and a client base spanning five states, I help people of all ages heal and transform, and help you help yourself to get results.
One of the things I’ve been asked is “ How did you get started with this?”
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human body, and how people affect one another. I wanted to know what genuinely makes people happy, healthy and effective. Why do some people struggle, while others flourish despite challenging circumstances?
I am also passionate about a multitude of interconnected things: movement, restorative environmental practices, interpersonal biology, nutrition, psychology, spirituality, creativity, dreams, astrology and sexuality.
After twelve years in publication design and typography, and through a lot of personal therapy and bodywork, I realized that my unique combination of interests and skills was a strength, and could best be used on a different path.
I gave up the security of the 9-5 in 1988, began freelancing as a graphic designer while building my private massage therapy practice.
I later began using the terms; process oriented bodyworker and trauma informed bodyworker, because the term massage therapist became too small of a box.
From apprenticing in Maya Abdominal Therapies in Belize, and as an herbalist in the Piedmont Valley of Virginia, to developing more subtle touch skills through Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, to training in developmental trauma, my practice embodies an unconventional path.
I believe you must nurture all parts of yourself if you want to thrive in today’s world.
This includes your unique gifts, your passion and your heart. I believe that whether you are restoring your health or transforming your lifestyle, a nurturing, multifaceted approach is essential to fully blossom into the life you envision, and to experience the health and inner peace you deserve.
Most importantly, I believe that no matter what your health challenges, you have the power to improve your health, and by doing so you’ll change your world.
This philosophy, persistent hard work and the love of many has lead to growth, in particular:
- Dreamtime Center for Herbal Studies, Kathleen Maier & Teresa Boardwine
- The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal, Dr. Rosita Arvigo
- Wellness Institute, Roger Gilchrist
- EarthSky Foundation, Myrna Martin
From these teachers, and many others, I continue to learn new things each day and expand my ideas about what it means to facilitate healing and be engaged in a meaningful life.
Which Brings Me to You
I’m here to serve. My practice is inspired by love, with a passion for what is possible, and a commitment to be a persistent force for good.
Through the services I offer and anything else I might share, I’m committed to making a difference, to facilitate your healing and to nurture you to love the life you live. A life that is centered, meaningful and unique to you.
Whether you’re just beginning to tend to your well-being, or continuing your journey to make changes in your life, I’m here to help you reach your highest goals, and access your deepest wisdom.
Yes, this is a business. Yes, I sell services. Yes, I am delighted and deeply grateful to earn a living doing so.
I’m not a genius. I don’t have all the answers. I make mistakes, have crummy days and get mired in fear and doubt from time to time. Just like everyone else.
But my commitment is to bring you the very best of what I am living and learning, and to be real and honest as I go. So please don’t expect perfect, but do expect thought provoking questions, ancient wisdom, empathy, making sense of disparate parts, and a committed devotion to help you live your healthiest, most grounded and meaningful life.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. And I’d love to learn more about you. The best way to share that and stay connected is to make sure you become one of my Inner Circle–just enter your name and email.
Though I run a business, I’m not super active on social media, so if you want to keep informed from me, my Inner Circle is the key. Most of the time you’ll only hear from me once a week; more if something is time sensitive or important.
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It provides effective shortcuts to transforming uncomfortable inner states to a calmer, more centered and resourced experience. I look forward to you trying it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’m delighted to be connected and I’m excited for the journey ahead.