Music is the core of my being. My earliest memories involve singing for strangers and my family, singing in choirs, enticing my uncle to teach me whatever he knew on the piano and finally enticing my parents to keep my allowance so that it could pay for my piano lessons. From that moment forth, music became a part of how I defined myself – without music, I didn’t know who I was. I don’t think I’ve ever had a day where I did not have a song in my head or listen to music being played or perform myself: though the latter parts of playing and performing have gone through periods of wax and wane. Rather than have to force me to practice, as many parents do, mine had to encourage me to stop practicing – I think more for them, hitting the saturation point of hearing the same piece over and over, than for myself.
So why is this important? Because music is the deepest part of who I am. I did not grow up in a musical family: I was the music in the family. And in that music, I found out who I was. That was my healing. I was a misunderstood and innately creative individual through school and family interactions and music was my solace and comfort. Early on, I would play by ear and make up songs, though I was quickly placed on a more regimented classical path that discouraged playing by ear. I suppressed that innate voice inside of myself in order to please others, perform and learn works by others, and ultimately work for others in helping bring their musical creations to life. Throughout this time, I went on my own healing journey that has spanned my life up until now, taking me through many twists and turns and showing me alternative medicine pathways that began at the age of 12 when our friend Hajime from Japan lived in our house and taught me both Shiatsu massage techniques and origami.
After my father passed away in 2007, coinciding with my move to Los Angeles to work at the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Artistic Administrator, something inside of me changed in a profound way that took years to fully understand. It took many healing experiences since that time and a brief move to Minnesota that acted like a reset button for my being that sparked a challenging step away from the career I always thought I wanted. This whole process brought forth my true calling to be of service and awakened that innate quality of my own inner, musical and healing voice.
I knew I wanted to heal and help others and somehow knew that the music and healing parts of my lives were to intersect however I couldn’t quite see the bigger picture yet, even though I had taken certification classes in Reiki and Thai-Shiatsu Massage and obtained my 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Om Yoga in New York. So I took the first step and began my official training in massage, something I had been doing for friends and family since I was 12 (strong piano fingers) and developed the craft further. However, when I first experienced Polarity Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy in classes, I knew what I was experiencing was on such a deep and profound level, I immediately understood what was happening, connected, and fell in love with the work.
So SACRAL comes from CranioSacral Therapy. The Sacrum is the base of the nervous system, and is part of the first vertebrae that form in the womb within the first month of gestation. The Sacral Chakra, associated with the color orange, is the chakra associated with creativity, manifestation, honoring relationships, sexual energy – the very life force of our being. When this chakra is in balance, we are able to function at our optimum potential, be in touch with our emotional connection to ourselves and others, and function at our physical, mental and creative best.
SOUNDS is of course, about music. Music has the power to convey every emotion and feeling that comes with the journey of being human. That is its power. The power to move us, to evoke another time and place in an instant and to touch the base of who and what we are. When it comes to healing, sound touches another dimension to access a part of our brain that allows the nervous system to decompress through the waves created through the voice, gong, singing bowls, tuning forks and other various instruments. Sound is matter, it moves stuff, us, and brings us back into balance.
SACRAL SOUNDS welcomes you as we enter the next part of this journey.