Following a 20 year international career as a professional Dance Artist and teacher, I decided to follow my other deep passion and curiosity into the world of holistic nurturing.

 

For the majority of my life I have dedicated myself to the passion of dance as a performer, teacher, director, choreographer, adjudicator, community advocate and continuous student. My professional dance career was entirely self driven, incredibly competitive, rewarding and highly successful. Throughout my dance experience  I have repeatedly been introduced to massage programs, healing arts, martial arts and of course more dance techniques. My knowledge of the body’s abilities, limitations and the human condition in general have directed me to immerse myself in a career that allows me to continue my desires to soothe, inspire and nurture people on a one on one basis.

 

Since obtaining my Doula certification through Douglas College, I have continued to expand my education through the Pregnancy Massage course at Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, the Certified Spa Therapist program also at VSBM and most recently the Breastfeeding for Health Care Practitioners at Douglas College. The spa program has awarded me an even stronger foundation in anatomy/physiology while gaining both expertise and experience in many spa modalities such as Swedish/Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Deep Flow, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology and Shiatsu..  My future plans include expanding on and gaining full certificates in Lomi Lomi, Aromatherapy, Thai Massage and eventually Cranio Sacral Therapy or Active Release Technique.

Andrea aka Doulandie dancing. Photo by Chris Randle Photography.  Choreography by Cori Caulfield.

Photo by Chris Randle Photography.  Choreography by Cori Caulfield

Andrea aka Doulandie holding a new born

While attending the DONA conference in 2008 I was introduced to Kara Springer, the designer and producer of Kaya Birth Stools. I was extremely impressed with the stools and offered to join in and become the West Coast Distributor of Kaya Birth Stools. I have the most recent design available to rent for anyone interested. www.kayabirth.com

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