Putting my hands on Bodies and working as what some call a “healer”, or more what I call a ‘facilitator’, was nothing I thought I’d be doing. That was what my grandfather did. He would stretch his brown, lean, Finnish, naked body in the morning sun on his veranda in the country. He picked berries from the woods and boiled up concoctions he would drink. He had a full-time Massage practice in Toronto, Canada in the 30’s before anyone knew what Massage was, and he gave me one massage, when I was eight, the year before he died. As the stories go, I never forgot that treatment. My body buzzed for days afterwards, and really, this was the only lasting communication I recall with him. Neither of us spoke the other’s language, and Finns are sparse on words as it is, so I got to know my grandfather through his eyes and his hands.
Years later I trained extensively in Shiatsu and Acupuncture and had a private practice for many years in Toronto that also catered to the film industry. I taught Shiatsu and Eastern Medical Theory and loved everything but the snow and minus 40 degree weather, so I moved to Los Angeles where I could not be an acupuncturist due to different licensing laws, but I could teach a lot and be warmer. I taught and created Shiatsu programs at a couple of L.A schools and met remarkable students while I continued the many years of research I have been obsessed with since the mid-nineties, when I underwent a life changing experience I mention in the ‘Mission’ statement above.
I teach accelerated healing skills to those who work with the body (otherwise known as somatic therapists), focussing on how frequency – and therefore, healing – in the body can be more easily addressed through the contemplation of geometric precision. I leave the Math to the physicists and medical doctors who are changing the face of technology and healthcare through the understanding of Fractals and Form, and I share these findings online and in classes.
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Next, there is a whole side of my life called Somatic Stretch®, and this technique is similar to yoga…but it focuses more on how to increase flexibility and blood flow rather than the goal of position or exact, exterior form. I am a co-director in that world with my mother, Lilian Jarvis, a celebrated, founding dancer in Canada who went on to create this powerful method. This work has been one of the biggest teachers of my life, helping me to improve my health and find the inner ‘mapwork’ of tension that I discovered relates to itself within a framework of geometry…We have an online teacher training program and you can receive a free 10-minute class with me here that I encourage you to sink into…..
Lastly, and before all that, I was a Paris trained chef who worked on yachts in the South of France and other parts of Europe and North America. I mention this because it was also a large part of my life and I am very dedicated to building my future website, A Feel For Food.com, to re-inspire our love of food and our knowledge of how to work with it as the medicine it is. Coming soon.