My love and joy with being around horses was apparent while growing up in Queens Village, New York. Saving money to ride in the summer months, in Mastic Beach, learning English and Western styles were the formidable years setting the stage for my racing career. In the midst of my year in college, it was to Belmont Park that I went to for a job as a hot walker, to be with horses. After a long week of rejections I journeyed to the training track. A divinely guided moment followed that brought my racing mentor Mr. Root and an eager horse lover together! Saying I was small enough to be a jockey I found exciting, and proceeded to Barn 16 to begin!
After a few years of travel to farms in Ocala, Florida to break yearlings, then back to Gulfstream Park or Belmont Park or Saratoga, it was to Maryland that my career began as a young apprentice in 1977. In this tough circuit, I was fortunate to find myself as the leading female rider, and set a record of being the first woman to be on the program for jockeys (top 10). Going to Japan in 1982 was thrilling for three weeks of travel and competition with the Ladies Cup. It was on the return of this trip that motherhood came calling, and the danger of this game had to slow down.
The seeds of health and wellness were planted early in my life through the modeling of Grandma Re, my little Filipino nurse guide who always had a natural answer for our family. From baking soda tooth paste, to Vitamin C, and putting half a grapefruit on a low gas flame as bug repellent, she preferred not always the medical model she was trained in, but the more holistic and natural ways for solutions.
To this day, I carry on this outlook and approach with clients these last 32 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland, and member of the ABMP professional association. My laser passion is to empower, educate and encourage healthier choices for life through massage therapy and aromatherapy.
All clients benefit from Young Living essential oils, moist heat, along with massage techniques honed through the years. My recent training of Thai Rocking massage is a calming addition during the massage. Others are Raindrop Therapy®, the dropping of specific essential oils on the back to improve the immune system, enhance relaxation, all helping to support the body/mind. Training in hands free massage has helped me use the forearms and elbows to aid in release of tension and holding patterns for a more flowing experience.
Linda’s current project is the publication of her first book ~ The Pause to Relax Ladies, For Robust Heart Health. Having had a medical moment with her heart allowed her to peek into the lens of her life in regard to stress and lifestyle choices. As she dug deeper in reading and researching, she found heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and felt called to share this timely nugget of information with all. The book is in E book format, and paperback and includes her Wise Heart Health for Women program she created along with The 9 Pillars of Heart Disease Prevention she has taught for years.