I am a movement enthusiast and anatomy geek with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. I seek out individuals and communities who also believe that preventive and complementary health care practices are an essential part of the unique path towards optimal health and graceful living.
Three principles that guide my practice are nature, community, and legacy.
I believe variety, in all aspects of life, is key to improving our capacity to converse with stagnation in the mind and body, move with ease and gratitude, and give and receive love.
I have a nickname! It's Kado.
I was raised on the campus of an all-boys boarding school in South Kent, Connecticut, where my favorite activities were climbing trees, playing pond hockey, and writing and performing plays for the empty velvet seats of the old school auditorium. This environment cultivated in me an appreciation for athletics and performance, and I spent much of my extracurricular time in the rink or on the field. I played Division I lacrosse, where I learned many important lessons about my physical and emotional thresholds, teamwork, resiliency, and leadership. I spent the first two years after college working at a boarding school in the Berkshires, teaching Spanish and coaching soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse, before moving to New York City to pursue a career in fitness and health, to be closer to friends and family, and...to experience living in New York fuckin' City!
While in New York, I worked as a personal trainer in a variety of settings, including a shmancy "big box" gym, a bad ass boutique semi-private training studio, a progressive and community-driven physical therapy clinic, and I also saw clients in their homes or outside in parks and along the rivers. I've worked with men, women, and children of all ages and with varying levels of fitness, and the programs I've written and taught have been as varied as the clientele.
In January, 2014 I enrolled at the Swedish Institute: College for Health Sciences, where I earned my AOS in Massage Therapy. While in the program I began to incorporate the hands-on techniques I was learning in school with my training clients, and found the integration of therapy and movement to be fun, effective, and even profound at times. From my Shiatsu and Qi Gong teacher, Tom Banasiak, who studied under Ohashi in New York, I learned to trust in the wisdom of the body, and to be sure to incorporate levity and playfulness into my work.
Most of my professional development over the last two years has been through the Gray Institute, where I have received credentials in their Applied Functional Science and Soft-Tissue Transformation programming. The reason I love their approach is because they do not teach you "their" method and ask that you memorize it and regurgitate it as absolute truth. They simply ask that you teach and practice from a logical and client-centered set of principles, strategies, and treatment techniques. I integrate a lot of Gray Institute movement and soft-tissue strategies and techniques into my own work because it makes sense to me and to my clients. As does mindfulness, laughter, awareness of habits and patterns, nutrition, and positive thinking.
I have gratitude for my family, friends, colleagues and all of the amazing practitioners and clinicians out there who have taught me so much, and especially the ones who have taught me to hold everything I know lightly...it all could change!
- BS, Human Development, Cornell University, 2008
- AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute: College of Health Sciences, 2015
- Certification in Applied Functional Science, Gray Institute, 2014
- CPT, NASM, since 2010
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week Program, 2012
- Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, 2011
- Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 Coach, 2011
- AED/CPR and First Aid Certified for children and adults