About Willoughby

I see integrative bodywork as an invitation for the body to be coaxed toward a more optimal state of existence. My goal is to access the body’s intrinsic capacity to find balance, and my approach is rooted in a belief in the transformative power of movement. I’m curious about the forces that dictate how we arrange our bodies in gravity—the forces that affect our posture and the motion of our limbs as we walk, run, dance, gesture, sit.

I use myofascial release and nerve and artery mobilization techniques to release patterns of tension within our bodies. These techniques focus on fascia, the connective tissue matrix that envelops all the structures of the body, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and arteries. Fascial release opens neurological connections between the brain, the spinal cord, and the musculoskeletal system, and helps reeducate the body through the client’s active and passive participation. The pressure I use is firm, gentle, and receptive. My focus is less on individual muscles than on liberating the space between them, as well as between our muscles and the other structures within us. Such an emphasis improves the functioning of connective tissue, which at its best works in a fluid, gliding manner, allowing all parts of our body to work in concert with one another.

I firmly believe in the innate wisdom of the body, and I see my clients as whole individuals rather than as a collection of symptoms or dysfunctions. I approach sessions as a collaboration with the client. My ultimate goal is to empower people to achieve wellness on their own through increased self-awareness and movement education.

I graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2014, and immediately began practicing at a chiropractic clinic. A year later, I began studying kinesis myofascial integration or KMI. I now hold a diploma from Kinesis and I’m a board certified Structural Integrator.

My clients include people who are challenged by chronic pain as a result of surgery, motor vehicle accidents, or repetitive motion injuries. I see dancers, athletes, construction workers, flight attendants, therapists, mothers preparing for or recovering from pregnancy, and myriad folks who work at computers. Everyone who receives care from me has in common the desire for improved ease and function as they inhabit their bodies and greater quality of life.