Meet Michelle

Michelle with Bear, her friendly and healing dog who is often in the office.
Michelle with Bear, her friendly and healing dog who is often in the office.

My work has grown over several decades to support women’s health from both traditional and modern perspectives. The foundation of my current practice is the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. The hallmark of this indigenous healing art is abdominal massage, used to gently reposition internal organs. The Arvigo Techniques have proven outstanding in relieving symptoms of digestive and reproductive maladies, including reflux, IBS, fertility challenges and painful menstruation. Adjunct techniques also include the use of Craniosacral Therapy and Applied Clinical Nutrition.

While the Arvigo techniques resolved many of my clients’ health problems, I found that our endocrine and nervous systems are especially challenged, and I therefore became a Certified Applied Clinical Nutritionist and added Craniosacral Therapy to my manual therapies repertiore to address these systems.

I bring to my practice the knowledge I gained in my five years as a licensed midwife, during which time I attended conferences in perinatal nursing, traditional Maya midwifery and contemporary homebirth midwifery practices. My personal experience of living through the transitions, blessings and difficulties of daughterhood and motherhood also provide a rich ground on which I stand as a healer.

 


My story ~

I have always been interested in the body. Inhabiting my own body was a primary focus for me from a young age. My early years were spent enjoying the wind on my skin while biking around my suburban neighborhood, and the sweat of ballet and modern dance classes. As a teen in the 1970’s, I attended Quaker boarding school in Maryland, where I had my first exposure to massage, yoga, and even “healing through the human energy field” (along with the typical subjects of History, Mathematics, English Lit, etc.!) For many years dancing was my love, and I was fortunate to be able to spend my time this way through high school and college, earning a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and post college, training and performing in New York City. 

After leaving New York and the dance world, I continued learning about the body, now by studying health. My interest in women’s health became my focus and I became a Certified Childbirth Educator and Childbirth Assistant (doula) with ALACE, learned energy healing at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, and finally moved from the northeast to Texas in 1992 to pursue midwifery education.

I bring to my current practice the knowledge I gained in my five years as a licensed midwife, during which time I attended conferences in perinatal nursing, traditional Maya midwifery, and contemporary home birth care. Serving as a midwife, I also learned more from the families I worked with than I ever could have from an institution, seminar or degree. I learned about people, how they feel about and in their bodies, and the tender and courageous places we can pull from during pain or illness.

My personal experience of living through the transitions, blessings and challenges of daughterhood, wifehood and motherhood also provide a rich ground on which I stand as a healer. My spiritual practice from 1990 to present may well be viewed as the experience of being a mother and a wife, with the health choices I made within my family reflecting my deeply held conviction to trust in the body’s healing capacity. I chose to stand with faith in the human body to give birth to my two daughters naturally, and to engage good nutrition and “alternative health therapies” such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic as our primary health “insurance”. Knowing that we all make our own best choices, I honor the decisions my clients make, and inform them of a wide range of possibilities for their health, including options that work well with the offerings of both western medicine and traditional healing.