movement educator and Lmt #21502
Adriana is a native of Montreal, Canada, though she spent much of her time growing up in Hawaii, and has often returned to the islands. There she developed a deep appreciation for the water, and a connection to its beauty and lessons which have remained with her. Along with training in dance since the age of five, she spent several years as a competitive swimmer, and later began studies in Martial Arts. All of these avenues, in their fluidity and particular intricacies, have laid the foundation for her work inspiration, and continue to feed her lifelong education in human movement.
Over the 20 years of her teaching experience, she has valued the variety of environments and people she feels blessed to have learned from. All have continued to shape her work. From the five years she spent as a Pilates and conditioning instructor for The Pacific Northwest Ballet Company and School, to her time as a Reiki volunteer at The Kapiolani Hospital for Women and Children, among many other opportunities, she has gained various tools and insights, that lend to her ability to navigate through sessions and classes from several different angles. Adriana sees her work as a conversation and collaboration in facilitating the inherent health and wisdom that resides in every body.
Her studies began in Psychology, at McGill University, and in dance as a full scholarship student under Phillip Cole and Don Jordan in Montreal. She went on to graduate from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC, and The Cortiva Institute -Seattle School of Massage Therapy. She is a Reiki level ll practitioner, and a certified Pilates Instructor through The Physical Mind Institute. She has further training in pediatric massage through Tina Allen and The Liddle Kidz Foundation, as well as in Traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, through Brenda Mohalapua Ignacio and The Hawaiian Healing Arts College.
Her work is consistently informed by her ongoing education in both movement and bodywork. She continues as a student in Kung Fu, and will most recently begin training in Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. Currently her bodywork sessions focus on the benefits of interweaving passive and active motion, with soft tissue manipulation and energetic work, depending on the needs of each individual. Adriana loves being a part of Body Mechanics and its community, and looks forward to sharing with all of you!
*when scheduling bodywork with Adriana, please bring comfortable, non-restrictive clothing for your session.