Adriana is a native of Montreal, Canada, but spent much of her time growing up in Hawaii. She returned to Canada to study psychology at McGill University, and went on to New York to pursue her dance training. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and is a certified Pilates instructor through The Physical Mind Institute. Adriana continued to expand her education, with bodywork being the most fluid addition to her studies. She is a Reiki Level 2 practitioner, and a graduate of The Cortiva Institute -Seattle School of Massage Therapy. She feels very fortunate to have also had the opportunity to be a student of renowned teacher, Kumu Brenda Mohalapua Ignacio, in the traditional Hawaiian healing art of Lomilomi.
Adriana's career as a movement educator began 18 years ago when she joined a chiropractic clinic as a Pilates instructor. There she gained valuable skills in addressing various injuries and conditions. She later spent five years on the conditioning staff of The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, working with dancers in the company as well as students of various ages in their professional dance program.
As a lifelong athlete and dancer, movement has been her most comfortable language. She is fascinated by the interweaving of kinesiology with the intricacies of how movement both informs and affects our communication with ourselves and others. In bodywork, she finds herself most often at the seamless intersection of purely energetic work, and soft tissue manipulation.
Most recently, she became certified in pediatric massage, and infant massage for the NICU, through Tina Allen and The Liddle Kidz Foundation. She spent a year as a volunteer Reiki practitioner at The Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where she gave Reiki sessions to patients throughout the hospital, as well as those receiving chemotherapy in the outpatient cancer care center.
In her personal interests, Adriana has been studying martial arts for the past ten years, and she enjoys blending this lifestyle with her teaching and bodywork approaches. What she most appreciates in her work is the collaborative reflection with whomever she is working, and getting quiet enough to hear the session unfolding, without expectation for the outcome. She is really happy to be a part of the Body Mechanics community!