Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
Functional Range Assessment Specialist (FRAs)
Functional Range Release Certified (FR Lower Limb, FR Spine)
Kinstretch Level 1 Instructor
Certified in Thai Bodywork with Institute of Thai Massage - USA
I believe people have all the answers they need inside of them. I want to help you get in touch with all the knowledge you've buried under layers of what other people told you you should do. Let's start with moving in the way your body wants to move and treating it right.
I've been interested in how the body moves for a long time. I started Jiu-Jitsu near the end of high school (I graduated in 2003) and took off running with it around 2010, managing several academies, competing internationally, and winning many medals along the way. I earned my black belt in 2015 shortly after winning the Pan American Championships at brown belt. I prefer to teach a balance of very technical adjustments with conceptual ideas that allow people to make their own informed decisions in the split seconds they need during martial arts training.
My knowledge of how to work with you stems from a mix of martial arts, Thai bodywork, and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) training. I passively assist your body's comfort level with Thai and use FRC techniques to help you achieve the physical goals we uncover.
Are you weird?
Maybe. I REALLY love life. I'm obsessed with people doing what they want to do. I think everything is better for everyone when we act on our genuine interests, change what we can control, and let go of the things we can't, which is everything outside of ourselves. I want to help people realize how powerful they are. Movement is a great gateway to that.
How long will it take for me to feel good?
This depends on how long you've been ignoring yourself and how open you are to really making changes for the future, happier you.
What do you do exactly?
Good question! I come to each session completely prepared to be with you at that moment so we can figure out what angles we need to address to make you feel better than when you walked in the door.
The skills I bring to the table include Asian bodywork, listening with both my hands and my ears, astute visual cueing, and in-depth knowledge of body mechanics. I'm very good at finding what parts of you you're not completely connected to right now and giving you work to help build those connections.
Cellular, neurological, and life changes take time. I will guide you through workouts that move you in a positive direction and work with you to develop practices that bring you closer to what you want, even if eventually that's referring you to someone even better for you!
This sounds like a bunch of crap.
It's totally cool with me if you think so! Tell you what: ask yourself if you are happy and feel good in your body. If so, keep doing what you're doing. If not, I'm happy to find out if I can help. At worst you'll get a really great potentially life-changing bodywork session out of it.
Why should I care about moving the ways you want me to move?
One answer: you shouldn't, and it doesn't matter what I want for you if you don't also want it for you. Does a deeper connection to yourself at every level sound appealing? Then cool. If not, I still think you're awesome.
One simple phrase: move it or lose it. Even great athletes often don't use the full range of their joints. When do joints get the nourishment they need to stay healthy? When they are moved. Many structures of the body need movement to squeeze waste products out and exchange them for fresh oxygenated products. Cartilage, for example, does not receive bloodflow and needs movement to diffuse nutrients through it. Don't move, don't feed your cartilage, cartilage wears down and dies, joints hurt and continue to get worse. Use your joints or lose your joints. Use your joints and improve your joints.
My two cents:
Everything you do matters and affects everything else in your body. Everything in your life should bring you joy, nourishment, and fulfillment. You have the power to let go of things that are beyond your control and you have the ability to learn how to control yourself better. I think happiness and a feeling of harmony is the ultimate guide.
Samantha’s work helped me to heal an old, old injury to my ribs which has caused trouble for me off and on for years. Her Thai bodywork is among the best I have experienced, and I lived in Thailand where I taught this work. Philadelphia, you are extraordinarily lucky to have her! – Pamela Herrick, Thai therapist