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One of my earliest memories is laying in the grass in my aunt's garden. It was a magical place where I could listen to the birds sing while they splashed in the concrete bird bath that marked the center of the yard and counted the ant's that marched in a line going about their daily duties. She passed down to me a deep respect for nature and animals, reminding me to greet the sun every day along with all the beings that lived in this seemingly endless eco system in her front yard in Houston. This was the first time I can recall feeling a connection to the natural world. I was remembering something that I had known inside of me and was reignited through my aunt's invitation. Nature became my first friend.

This remembering has been a theme that has re emerged recently as I have continued to follow my interest in learning about how our connections to nature, our bodies, and one another can be a great source of healing. I had been interested in meditation since first learning about it in college, visiting various Buddhist temples in my city and taking classes led by the monks. It felt like a secret superpower, that when properly accessed, gave me a taste of what it felt like to drop into my body and witness my emotions flow through me, expanding my capacity to be with myself and cultivate a sense of inner peace.

However, it wasn't until I attended a training on traditional Mexican Sobada, or massage therapy, that the threads of wisdom that my aunt had shared with me so long ago began to weave together. I was thrilled to learn about the wealth of information in indigenous knowledge and I began to realize what incredible gifts have been passed down to us by our ancestors. The more I learned the more I realized that these connections and their capacity for healing were what modern western psychology was slowly becoming more open to and science was now able to "validate".

I have continued to answer the call to learn more about these ways of healing. Most recently I have been learning about Rebozo therapy, which as the name indicates, utilizes the Rebozo, a traditional Mexican textile. I am excited to share how these teachings have expanded my understanding of mental health and healing as I prepare to share my practice, Volver Counseling, with the world. I'd also invite you to explore what connections have aided you in your life, whatever they may be.

Welcome and thank you for being here!


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