Jessica is a mystic who has dedicated her life to deep spiritual practice, and she is motivated by a wholehearted desire to benefit others. She brings the wisdom and compassion gained from over twenty-five years of experience as a massage therapist, meditation practitioner, and teacher into every massage and coaching session she has.
Jessica is also a Buddhist scholar and practitioner with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from Naropa University. She enjoys working with people from all spiritual and religious traditions who are interested in finding greater wholeness, integration, peace, and healing.
Jessica's love for Buddhism began about ten years ago after having a profound mystical experience of awakening. In a search to discover what had happened to her, she came across descriptions in Tibetan Buddhism that had striking similarities to what had spontaneously occurred. Even though she had been meditating for more than a dozen years before that, she had no previous knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, so the similarities were remarkable.
Because this mystical experience came on quite suddenly and dramatically, it has taken many years to fully integrate. It was several years before she could even start speaking about it. Part of the integration process involved writing about this experience and researching its relationship to Tibetan Buddhism for her Senior Project at Naropa. (If you're interested in reading the full 36-page paper, please email Jessica, and she can send you a copy.)
In short, the experience culminated with Jessica being in a state of samadhi for nearly twenty-four hours. During this time, all the channels and chakras of her subtle body systematically opened up, she had the experience of dying and being reborn, attaining oneness with the Divine, seeing her body as the universe itself, dissolving into the Great Mystery, enlightening all beings, and abiding in the clear light of pure awareness (called rigpa in Tibetan).
She remained in this awakened state for almost two years before it slowly started to recede into the background of her experience. Even though the full fruition of this experience did not last, it inspired in her a lifelong commitment to studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism (namely Anuyoga and Dzogchen).
Jessica has a regular meditation practice and has spent many months on retreat, primarily at Tara Mandala. She has received most of her in-person teachings and empowerments from Lama Tsultrim Allione, Anam Thubten, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Namkai Norbu Rinpoche, Khachab Rinpoche, and Garchen Rinpoche. She has also been deeply influenced by the spiritual teaching of Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti as well as her academic training from Lama Sarah Harding, Acharya Judith Simmer- Brown, Ben Williams, and Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen.
In 1995, Jessica began her career in the healing arts. Since then, she has worked mostly in spas and wellness centers in Utah and Colorado, including Mt. Body Spa in Park City and Massage Specialists, Essentiels, and the Spa at St. Julien in Boulder. Most recently, she was the Lead Massage Therapist at the St. Julien in charge of hiring, training, and managing a team of nearly thirty massage therapists.
Jessica has taught at several schools throughout her career, including the Utah College of Massage Therapy, Leaders of Facilitation Institute, Denver School of Massage Therapy, and Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Also, she recently taught a number of workshops at Naropa University as part of her degree program.
Now, in addition to having her own private practice, she is a facilitator at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality, occasionally teaching their morning movement-meditation class, called Body Prayer, and leading their afternoon Integration Group. Within the next year, she will also be designing and teaching her own workshops and retreats.