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Meet Austin

Baltimore’s only craniosacral therapy practitioner who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant specializing in infant bodywork. 

 

My Story

I grew up with responsive parenting, physiological birth, and breastfeeding modeled to me as my mother was a La Leche League Leader, lactation consultant, and midwife. Peer-to-peer parenting support circles were held in my home where I observed parents constantly meeting their children’s needs with the support of a community. 

 

In college I studied pregnancy, birth, and lactation through independent studies while completing my degree in biology at Hollins University. Upon graduation, I enrolled at Lotus Professional College (formerly known as American Institute of Massage) to become a Licensed Massage therapist. 

 

Following the birth of my second child I began assisting parents with breast/chest feeding support in 2005 as an accredited La Leche League Leader. Eventually I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2011. 

 

As an IBCLC I saw firsthand how Craniosacral Therapy (CST) contributed to improvements in latch, comfort at the body, and changes in the infant’s tongue and jaw movement. It became evidently clear and a natural next step for me to combine my massage therapy and lactation backgrounds and become a Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner.  

 

I am the mother of 4 children and am married to an Army Veteran. After homeschooling for 7 years, we moved to Maryland from Virginia so our children could attend a democratic, self directed school. Since then we have grown roots in this community and I founded Nourish and Align. 

 

My passion to facilitate introspective and integral retreats stems from my upbringing in circles, in community.  My current project is creating a program to enhance individual journeys to the highest vibration along with teaching what I do.

Certifications & Education

EDUCATION

Hollins University- BA in Biology

Lotus Professional College (formerly American Institute of Massage)

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant # L-27541

Licensed Massage Therapist # M06032

CERTIFICATIONS 

 

Craniosacral Therapy 

  • Craniosacral Therapy Level 1 & 2

  • Subtle Hands on Skills 

  • Craniosacral Therapy for Infants

  • CST Touching the Brain: Stimulating Self-Correction Through the Glial Interface

  • Total Motion Release for Torticollis: From Feet to Feeding

  • Cranial Nerve Dysfunction in the Precrawling Infant

  • SomatoEmotional Release 

  • Prenatal and Birth Psychology, Exploring Embryological Potential and Prenatal Psychology 

  • Level 5 Craniosacral Therapy for Lactation: Infant Suck and Feeding Challenges

  • Peirsman Cranio Advanced Coursework ​BRAIN Masterclass 
  • Working with babies: Insights from the craniosacral field and beyond
  • Untying the Infant Body Pediatric Massage

 

Lactation

  • TOTs: Tethered Oral Tissue Speciality Training Professional

  • TummyTime! Method Training Certified Professional & Advanced for Bodyworkers

  • Impact of Tongue and Lip Ties on Breastfeeding

  • La Leche League International

  • Suck Anatomy and Physiology

  • Australian Breastfeeding Conference

 

Babywearing

  • Foundations & Progressions Certified- Center for Babywearing Studies

  • Newborn Babywearing

  • Kangaroo Care

  • International Babywearing Conference - Presenter

 

Reiki

  • Usui Reiki Master Practitioner

  • Kundalini Reiki Master/Teacher

  • Holy Fire® Karuna Reiki® Master

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