Hillery is an LMT specializing in movement based bodywork. Using face, pulse, tongue, and body-reading assessments to integrate holistic bodywork tools informed by Ayurveda, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Yoga, vitalist herbalism, clinical massage and Primal Therapeutics. With 18 years experience in functional and preventive wellness, she offers workshops and yoga clinics that expand beyond the massage table. Most importantly empowering folks to connect to their synergistic Nature inside and out, activating their capacity for self-health and natural movement.
Her classes integrate traditional vinyasa with movements that translate into moving more mindfully in our everyday lives and responsibilities. She is passionate about healthy aging and teaches skills and drills for supporting balance, proprioception, proper muscle recruitment, brain-training and internalizing body-awareness.
At a young age Hillery won a gymnastics scholarship that propelled her into a lifelong study of dance and movement. Dancing at The College of Wooster modern dance company in High School saved her young adult life, introducing her to African dance and planting the seeds to go on to study somatic dance therapy and yoga forms like Contact Improv, Continuum, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, Contemplative dance, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Anusara Yoga, and most recently, Primal Vinyasa. Dance therapy, yoga, and massage were integral to healing her own tailbone fracture, PTSD and fibromyalgia.
Her devotion to honoring Mother Earth and our relationship to Nature is the throughline to all her work. Especially informed by her forest dwelling years that came early, living in her Yurt off the grid for 10 years on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. Hauling water, chopping wood and roaming the woods in silence. As an Earth Care Provider and Protector, Hillery served as an Non-indian human rights witness for Dineh elders resisting forced relocation from their homelands for coal extraction. She also participated in supporting tree-sits and saving old-growth forests. Her activist days were hard and emotionally draining. That sent her seeking tools for transforming her grief for the habitat and indiginous losses on Mother Earth, gratefully finding two of her most influential teachers: Starhawk and Joanna Macy. Their teachings inform her practices through facilitating sacred circles for human discovery and seasonal celebration.