This class is an exploration of the myths and realities of working with transgender and intersex clients. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people report the highest rates of discrimination and barriers to healthcare, and they have the highest rates of suicide, substance abuse, and homelessness. Trans folk have some unique physical needs and emotional considerations at different points in their transition. The goal of this class is to create and expand the group of safe practitioners that trans people can access and receive the bodywork they need.
Ellen Santistevan is a Licensed Massage Therapist who practices both craniosacral therapy and polarity therapy. She is an independent instructor of ethics, polarity therapy, and reflexology in Albuquerque, NM, who believes strongly in the power of ritual and ceremony in doing healing work, and has additional experience in geriatric work, traditional medicine, visionary and shamanic practice. In addition, Ellen is an occasionally award-winning painter and published poet. Her practice integrates elements of all these bodies of knowledge as well as the most current research on wellness. You can find out more about her at http://www.thirdgoddess.com. Please note: this class is approved under Ellen’s NCBTMB Approved Provider number.