Yesterday I announced that Annalisa was the winner of our massage session giveaway. Congrats Annalisa! Today I would like to introduce you to the licensed massage therapist who made this giveaway possible. The lovely Ms. Amy Breiling.
I'm sure it's no surprise that Amy is involved with bellydancing as well. Let's learn more…
1. How long have you been dancing?
I started with informal dance training (a la Veena/Neena videos) almost ten years ago and have been with Marjani for almost three years. Before discovering belly dance, I have fond memories of tap & jazz when I was little, and paying for my hip-hop and ballet classes by cleaning the dance studio (sometime around the age of 14 or 15, I think).
2. What first inspired you to dance?
This one I really have to think about. I often have to stop and think because usually I act before thinking, which gets me into trouble. Kinda the same with dance, I don't really ask myself why I dance, I just do it!
3. How would you describe your style?
I really enjoy combining genres and I pull from my dance background (hip-hop, ballet, ballroom), DVDs, Marjani and Jolie's instruction.
4. When did you become a massage therapist?
I graduated from ASIS in Cottonwood, AZ, on August 31, 2007.
5. Why did you choose massage therapy?
I've always been a hands-on person and my mom recommended I look into it when I was having an "I don't know what to do with my life" crisis.
7. Do you find that your dancing informs your massage practice or vice versa?
The information is really interchangeable. Moving with dance tells me things about the body that I didn't learn from school, and my knowledge of the body from a healthcare perspective gives me a little more insight on the body in movement.
8. Do you specialize in a certain type of massage?
I do a lot of different modalities: relaxing, deep, hot stones, and scrubs and wraps at the spa I work for, but I wouldn't say I'm specializing in one. I also know Thai massage and have really enjoyed utilizing a form of massage that stretches the muscle in addition to relaxing it.
9. What do you love most about bellydance? How does it make you feel?
I love how my body feels, so good to dance. In fact, my chiropractor can tell when I haven't been dancing because my spine and hips are out of alignment! I really think of my time practicing and performing dance as therapeutic meditation.
Thank you Amy for taking the time to chat with us!
If you're thinking it's time for a massage --you're right. Give Amy a call and set up your next massage now. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 520-505-1488.