About Courtnee

“All we have to do is preserve our personality, to live our own life, be captain of our own ship, and all will be well.” – Dr. Edward Bach

I grew up in Sacramento, CA, leaving high school freshman year with my GED in hand and a job in fast food. As I’d moved into my teens, I discovered IRC and Linux, and faded into an abyss of drugs, sad music, and pioneering what would become modern social media. I was a fixture of the hacking community in the mid 90’s, directing operations of a retail computer store at age 17, before moving to Seattle in 1998 to test software for Microsoft at 19 years old.

By my early 20’s I had become deeply entrenched in a constant loop of incredible stress and self neglect. For years I continued the life of substance abusing, junk eating sedentary tech work at a breakneck pace. Not long after the turn of the century I was still actively going out of my way to drown out how deeply I was abusing myself, and that, regardless of how messed up a society based on production and consumption may be, it was I who was in control of, and responsible for, recovering. I decided one day while working 14 hour days in software with my forearms so injured I couldn’t open my own doors for myself, that enough was enough.

In that choice I began looking for ways to find me; to return to my senses, though I didn’t realize that at the time. One of the first truly self-connecting experiences I had during that initial search was a good massage (after enduring a few terrible ones, first). That experience stayed with me, and along with discovering circus aerial in 2001, profoundly altered the course of what may well have been a very short life.

My adventures since have brought me through many penetrating experiences that inform the nature of the bodywork I offer. I have broken my back, and recovered from various other injuries related to my professional career as a circus aerialist and aerial teacher. I have spent the better part of two years living and touring musically in a van I could not stand upright in. Along with circus, tech work and music, I have notable history with yoga, pilates, dance, talk therapy, exercise anatomy, grief recovery, craniosacral, constellation work, art therapy, structural integration, meditation (specifically prana, anapana and vipassana), Somatic Unwinding®, breath work, chiropractic, and massage.

I opened my first private massage practice in the Medical Dental Building after graduating the Brian Utting School of Massage in 2008, moving then to the Pioneer Building in 2010. I added Somatic Unwinding to my education in 2012, and became certified in the Grief Recovery Method in 2014. I continue to expand my knowledge and offerings in my practice, weaving my eclectic skill set to enable a unique and holistic healing experience for each of my clients.