photo by Larissa Rogers of Be Moments Photography
Dawn E. Larned
Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Choreographer,
Body Nerd, City-dwelling Farm Girl, Scientist, Mystic, Empress, Fool, Yaysayer, Magic Peddler, Full-bellied Laugher, Fierce Mama Bear of Twins, Facilitator of Health and Wellbeing...
I first delved into the whole body-being through theater and dance. My explorations into performance introduced me to the disciplined integration of the body-mind-spirit. I learned to bring awareness to my breath, my body as it lived rooted on the earth, and my connection to a greater power that moves through me as a creative force. I trained in Physical Theater: corporeal mime, The Alexander Technique, character/mask exploration, breath awareness, acrobatics, and clown at The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater in California. Here I discovered yoga, which quickly became a passion and way of life. I have been a certified teacher in Hatha, Kundalini, and Pre-natal Yoga for thirteen years. I also choreograph theater and teach character creation and physical embodiment for the stage.
My degree in Photojournalism honed my skills of observation. Watching people through my lens, telling their stories, experiencing their incarnate spirit as it emerged onto the paper in my dark room, was an epiphany for my 19-year-old self. The magic of photography helped me to see that we are limitless spirits expressing ourselves through a physical body.
I then spent fifteen years working as a graphic designer and art director helping people to express themselves and their businesses in the interactive realm. These years of working at the computer daily gave me first-hand knowledge of the toll this constant sitting and forward head position can take on your body, breathing, digestion, and general sense of wellbeing. Finding ways to alleviate pain and restrictions in my own body and those of my co-workers encouraged me to make my passion for health and wellness my full-time path. I have studied the works of numerous teachers in the field of yoga, birth, biomechanics, movement, body/mind awareness, and spiritual practices.
As a massage therapist and yoga teacher, I believe that it is a great honor and privilege when my clients allow me to lay my hands upon their bodies. I take that honor most seriously and treat each individual with the utmost respect. At the same time, I think life is playful and fun and I approach my work with that same energy. I even recently built what I call my "Nutritional Movement Lab" in my basement, complete with monkey bars, gymnastics rings, TRX suspension system, yoga swing, medicine balls, punching bag, tumbling mat, etc,
I would love to get to know you better, and find out if we are a good therapeutic fit.