I spent 24 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and fell in love with many aspects of medicine. At the end of my career, I started really paying a lot more treatment time in holistic types of care. I believe that there is more than one way to help someone, that a ‘one-size-fits-all approach is sometimes not what a person needs.
My role as a massage practitioner is to help you live your best life. This really dives me to explore both therapeutic and relaxation massage. One continued theme that I see plaguing our current medical system is the lack of time invested in our clients. As a massage therapist, I get the privilege of being able to really listen, sometimes finding root causes to pain that even primary care providers did not find because they simply lacked the time to listen to the whole story.
Every day I continue to learn more and more about the body, how it works, and how massage can have so many benefits to each person. It is both a passion as well as a treat to experience. My ultimate goal is to help each individual find that right key to help unlock the mystery to find true healing.
Shawn’s educational background includes many advanced medical trainings through the military, as well as a bachelor’s degree in science from Trident University, and he is a graduated from the Port Townsend School of Massage. He is also trained in , Advance Certification Orthopedic Massage (ACOM), Ahybanga and Marma Point Therapy, Licensed Chest Massage & Intraoral Massage.
Health & Nutrition Educator (M.S. in Health & Nutrition)
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT
InternationaI Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) member
Ayurveda Wellness Counselor
ACE Certified Personal Trainer-Cancer Exercise Specialist
Energy Healing & Sound Therapy
As a Health and Nutrition educator my goal is to educate and inspire people to live a healthy life physically, mentally and emotionally. Guiding individuals with practical information on wellness and disease prevention with an emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle support.
My health education journey started around 1998 when I enrolled in a Fitness Specialty Program, and after earning my personal training certification many wellness doors opened for me. I became a teacher’s assistant at a local college for adaptive weight training as well as an adaptive swim coach for UCP. I was introduced to Yoga which was a fascinating experience and learned how the mind-body connection can help allieve stress and tension.
Shortly after my yoga teacher training I began teaching yoga. I have worked in corporate, residential and traditional gym settings. Guiding individuals of various ages and fitness levels with: yoga, personal training, semi-private and group fitness classes. I have learned so much from these experiences…but mostly that the ‘fast paced’ fitness mentality of, “more and harder is better” is not always beneficial for people, including myself. Moderation, breathing, listening to the body, meditation and ‘just being’ can be very beneficial.
I decided to delve deeper into the science of yoga and had the opportunity to go to Rishikesh, India, which was a life changing experience and here I was introduced to some Ayurvedic principles.
Some years later I studied at The Ayurvedic Institute with Vasant Lad in Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. I continue to study this very vast healing science with the intension on becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
In 2010, in between my yoga and Ayurveda experiences I was introduced to Spiritual Arts Institute, a healing arts school for spiritual development and metaphysical training. After some years of training I became a certified metaphysician, I offer healing sessions as a guide and conduit of spiritual energy and Divine light. Through the healing technique known as Direct Divine Light Healing™, a full-spectrum aura therapy that infuses the body with Divine Light for physical and spiritual renewal.
Sound healing is a big part of my practice. As the yogi’s discovered hundreds of years ago, sound has an effect on the body and can help to create balance and harmony. Incorporating crystal bowls, tuning forks and mantra can have positive effects on the body.
With over 3,000 hours of yoga training: Functional Synergy Therapeutic Yoga Intensive for Health Care Professionals, RELAX AND RENEW® Restorative Teacher Training, Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 300-hour & Yoga Therapy Program at The Soul Institute, Yoga of The Heart-Yoga for Cardiac and Cancer Rehabilitation and Certified as a Cancer Yoga/Exercise Specialist with Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Yogafit 200 & 500-hour RYS teacher training.
I have also been a part of several yoga teacher training schools as an instructor and have introduced yoga to several U.S. Navy vessels.
With my background in yoga and massage therapy, Ayurveda wellness, fitness and the other healing modalities I am building platforms and bridges to connect eastern and western healing modalities through holistic lifestyle and nutrition practices.
The holistic lifestyle and nutritional approach of Ayurveda offers many tools that we can incorporate into our daily lives to find balance and harmony.
I am passionate about health and wellness! I am a life-long student, and my path has taken me to some amazing places! From these teachings and experiences I hope to share with others so that they may find balance and harmony and live their best life.
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