Rocksteady Life is the result of nine years as a stay-at-home parent. I should pause here to mention that I’m incredibly thankful that I was able to stay home, and understand that it’s not a decision that many other people have the luxury of making. That being said, before having children, I never anticipated staying home with one child, let alone two. It just happened. As I lived through those nine years, I rarely regretted my decision to stay home. Life kept throwing different situations my way and staying at home allowed me to give my children what they needed, without completely burning myself out. I have the utmost respect and empathy for the parents out there who are trying to juggle work and home life. I’m right there with you as I start this new venture.
I know that I don’t have to tell other parents that being a parent is the hardest job you’ll ever have, but it’s true. It has been a very intense chapter in my life and I’ve personally struggled to keep my own balance. Along the way, though, I’ve connected with amazing therapists and holistic workers who have empowered me to help my children, and myself, with our various needs.
Right before having children, I earned a Master’s Degree in Publishing and Print Culture, with an emphasis on Mexican Social Movements. I used school as a way to travel around the world and experience different cultures, which led to learning about Holistic Medicine. I lived with an amazing woman in Mexico, who taught me how to identify plants, use essential oils and create salves. She sparked my curiosity in natural medicine and as a result, finding alternative cures for common ailments has become my passion. If I don’t know about a disease or condition, I will find the answer. My researching instinct is driven by my love of books and knowledge; plus, it’s incredibly empowering to find supplements and lifestyle changes that actually work.
As a result of my motivation, I have immersed myself in topics like Neuroscience, Somatics and body-based healing in order to investigate how it relates to, and helps relieve symptoms of, Sensory Processing Disorder, anxiety and depression. I’ve also researched and added dietary supplements to help my family members cope with migraines, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and common illnesses. Most recently I have integrated bodywork such as Reiki and CranioSacral therapy, as well as Somatic-based therapies into my practice, which has allowed me to work on grief, loss and body-based trauma that is held within my clients’ bodies. As someone who identifies as genderfluid/nonbinary, I feel that it is important to understand the influences of society and family dynamics on collective healing and personal transformation (these influences include, but are not limited to, capitalism, patriarchy/toxic masculinity, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, historical trauma, racial trauma and gender identity).
In my spare time, I garden as much as possible and believe that many things can be solved by simply disconnecting from media and going outside. I also love to cook, bake, see live music and travel. My goal is to pass on my knowledge to other families seeking support and empower them to help their children and themselves.