Who am I?
(It is a question I ask myself all the time.)
The beginning years:
This crazy ride started in Washington DC on Oct 13, 1958- born to John and Viola Garvin, I spent the next 18 years getting through school and growing up.
I studied Wildlife Biology at Arizona State University and after a few years experiencing the science world, decided that being a biologist was not where I wanted to be. My desire to “save the world” was not going to be through biology.
I bounced around professions for a number of years- first Dog Grooming since I so love the dogs, then Cosmetology because I knew not what else to do. It was 1993 when I stepped onto my life-path.
Bodywork Career: In 1993 I completed 500 hours of Massage Therapy training through the Central California School of Body Therapy (CCSBT), one the the first COMTA accredited schools in the nation. In 1994 I completed 190 more hours at CCSBT- advanced training, which included the 10 Structural Integration sessions of Ida Rolf known as Rolfing. I have Marie Moore and Susan Stocks to thank for giving me the most outstanding start on my massage career, including excellent body mechanics instruction, allowing me a long and injury free service career.
In 1995 I started teaching as an assistant at CCSBT, which meant I took their classes over and over- until 1998 when I stopped assisting and became a teacher of the beginning 200 hour Massage Practitioner Course. My relationship with CCSBT lasted until 2000 when the school closed due to the unexpected death of my beloved friend and mentor- Susan Stocks.
Since 1994, I have never stopped taking seminar courses including Reiki 1 and 2, Therapeutic Touch, Sports Massage, Aston courses, Lomi Lomi, Medical Massage, Breema, Craniosacral I, Oncology Massage, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. (links to websites are my actual teachers.)
In November 1996 I met one of my most beloved mentors, John F. Barnes, PT, and the modality that won my heart. Between the years of 1996 and 2005 I participated in 25 seminars both as a student and a teaching assistant for Myofascial Release Seminars Inc. The training mostly took place in Sedona, AZ, resulting in a huge boost to my mental, emotional and spiritual being. Also receiving one full week of intensive therapy at Therapy on the Rocks advanced my own ability to help others. This modality has been the backbone of my private practice since 1996.
In 2005 I returned to taking college courses at Cuesta College, turning previous units from Arizona State University into an Associates Degree. Classes included pre-nursing courses in Anatomy and Physiology- both of which I received an “A” grade.
Between 2001 and 2003 I completed 300 hours of clairvoyant training with Alexandra Sherwood– another life changer. In her training I found tools to manage and improve my innate ability to see deeper into myself and others, past the facade we all present.
I started my private Massage Practice in 1994, and have practiced full time since 1995. My career started with a love of Sports Massage having participated in many on-site events including triathlons, fundraisers, and the week-long California AIDS Ride 2000, 2001. Early in my clinical practice many Olympic athletes training at Cal Poly found their way to my table. They taught me a lot. Myofascial release has been my number one modality and continues to this day to be the most effective tool I have for bodies.
Two significant spiritual teachers have helped unfold me into the person I am today:
In 1992 I started on a Buddhist path under the guidance of Lama Ole Nydahl. I will always remain in complete gratitude to this highly dedicated Soul with his amazing patience and strong yet gentle guidance. “Do what is in front of your nose,” and “Let the thief come to an empty house,” are just two examples of the many words of wisdom Lama Ole shares. These and other Sage nuggets of advise will be with me forever. My focused affiliation continued with the Diamond Way path until 2005.
Realizing in retrospect that I am a person who cultivates a relationship with God, and Buddhism being non theistic- My Buddhist days ran their course. Hind sight shows I was preparing for the teacher with whom my Soul is contracted with. The summer of 2005, the first time I saw Sri Sai Kaleshwar Swami in a picture form, I knew I needed to meet him. First I connected with him on the internet, then in May 2006, in the Los Angles area, we met in person. My studies with Swami have included 8 trips to southern India, the Shiva Sai Mandir, countless trips to Santa Cruz, CA, the Universal Church of Baba’s Kitchen, and many trips to Laytonville, CA, the Church of Divine Lineage.
The list of volunteer work is extensive. I have volunteered for bodywork at countless events including the California AIDS Ride mentioned above. I have organized many events including Buddhist retreats; Sufi teachers and the Dances of Universal Peace; environmental events including “One Earth, no Spare, a Tool kit for the Central Coast” in 1990; and ongoing feeding of the homeless, to name a few. I believe in Seva- selfless service. In my eyes it is mandatory.
Also for 2 years- 1994 to 1996 I served as president of the Mid State Unit of the California Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
I live in a beautiful area of the Central Coast of California and have huge gratitude for all my teachers great and small for without them I would not be the person I am today.
I enjoy singing, dancing, playing music, hiking, writing, poetry, meditating and generally helping others to find their happiness. I pray for World Peace daily and hope that in my lifetime, we as a world-wide family can learn to love each other and live in harmony, tolerance and diversity.