Folks are often asking me how I came to practice my craft and what helped me become a successful pain management/postural restoration/movement therapist. So, here is some of the background from whence I sprang!
After several years at university studying biology, it became clear that that academic life wasn’t for me. Feeling I was lacking direction and meaning in my life I began a search to understand why I was unhappy and what I could do about it.
Fortunately, shortly after leaving school I was introduced to a Zen Buddhist monk/meditation teacher. I felt like I had finally found my calling–an immersion into spiritual life. After 17 years of study in Zen meditation, Taoist Yoga, nutritional well-being and communal living it became clear that it was time to share with the world what I had learned.
To this day I continue to engage my spiritual roots with a daily meditation practice. My movement training and maintenance program have continued and include various 3-D movement practices such as Tai Chi, yoga, breath work and ground-based martial arts (Brazilian Jujitsu).
When I’m not busy with work I enjoy spending time with my wife and friends. I am an avid gardener and my wife and I have just completed rehabbing a 6000 square foot property in the City of Detroit to be used as an organic flower and vegetable garden.
Unremitting back pain
Beginning at the age of 19 I suffered from sciatica-like symptoms in my left leg. *Sciatica is condition in which the sciatic nerve and/or the associated tissues or compromised creating nerve pain that can radiate into the hip legs and even feet-VERY uncomfortable. Here is a link from the Mayo’s clinic’s website which explains in further detail:
As a solution, I sought out surgery. Being young and relatively fit I was sure this would be a breeze. Unfortunately, the surgery was a failure, even setting me up for worse back pain in the years that followed. Fortunately, this setback spurred me to begin intensive training in body-centered therapies that helped me fully recover and inspired my life’s work.
- Undergraduate Studies In Biology – Wayne State University
Hands-on Manual Therapy:
- Structural Integration (Advanced Certification) – Anatomy Trains School of Structural Integration
- Licensed Massage Therapist – Irene’s Myomassology Institute
- Functional Manual Release (FMR) – Gray Institute
- Gift Fellowship in Applied Functional Science – Gray Institute
- Martial Arts practitioner (Tai Chi, Brazilian Jujitsu, Sun-do)
- Yoga practitioner