Stephen is compelled by a fascination with the human body, its stunning capacity for expression through movement, and its mysterious but miraculous ability to heal and grow. This probably began with an endless love for sports and the outdoors when young, but really blossomed when he discovered live performance and then went on to study and perform for years in theatre and dance.
Stephen studied Massage Therapy at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle. Guided then and since by brilliant teachers, he has investigated all manner of movement and hands-on therapies. He has studied movement, posture, and breath extensively with Norman Allard and Mary Ann Foster, as well as learning innovative, insightful hands-on therapies from them both. He has studied still more manual therapy with Dan Butterfield, who also serves as Stephen’s mentor in the areas of nutrition, supplementation, and holistic health. His yoga studies have been truly graced by the teaching of many great teachers, most notably Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, and his wife, De. His study of meditation has also been at the feet of great masters, with Thich Nhat Hanh and Dale Asrael of particular influence.
Stephen’s has taught Experiential Kinesiology with Mary Ann Foster at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, as well as Anatomy for Yoga with De. In addition to teaching yoga classes for the Yoga Workshop and the City of Boulder, he has taught in corporate settings and privately. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout his bodywork life, and has gained great insight about pathology and the human structure from numerous chiropractors and osteopaths, including Drs. David Tanner and Alex Reish.
Most recently, Stephen has reveled in the exploration of trauma release and neurobiology with two more gifted and generous teachers, David Berceli, PhD., and Chris Balsley. He counts as his greatest teachers his daughter, Anahata, his wife, De, his extraordinary family, and his wise and willing clients. Deepest bows to all.