Onyx was born in Detroit Michigan. Childhood family circumstances moved her to Canada, and since then from a young age she has been impassioned to come to a greater sense of wholeness in balance to a greater understanding of being human and what this means in relation to suffering. As a teen Onyx was inspired by Don Juan’s words to Carlos Castaneda, “To the ordinary man, everything that happens to him is either a curse or a blessing. To a warrior, each thing is a challenge.”
Warrior here is to be understood with the meaning from spiritual traditions throughout the world of practicing human bravery, and fearlessness. To be heroic and kind, to be who you are, and taking on the responsibility of offering help to others without imposition. Bringing this approach into her healing practice has Onyx looking at the uniqueness of everyone against the universal background of our shared humanity.
Onyx is a graduate of York University in Theatre Direction /Psychology. She spent a few years on the theatre scene before studying at ISIS– Canada to graduate as a certified Expressive Art Therapist. For several years she was part of a research project with the Toronto School Board in alliance with the Clarke Institute, and later the George Hull Centre. In this project, Onyx partnered with teachers to use drama therapy in the classroom as a means of connecting with “at risk” children.
Onyx’s expressive art therapy deepened into the body– mind connection for six years at Muki Baum Treatment Centre For Adults and Children with Complex Disabilities. Here she was being informed very much so from the physical body, and the importance of being comfortable in our own skin. This interest led Onyx to various studies of body work, shamanic energy healing, sound and movement therapy in Canada and the United States. In 2006, she began a full time study in Massage Therapy at Kikkawa College and graduated with honours.
Getting to know her client’s over the years, it became apparent that many face the responsibility of supporting their aging parents and other relatives. The meditative quality of her work and her passion to assist others led Onyx to Contemplative End of Life Care studies at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in 2012. When called upon she is now honoured to offer soothing touch in palliative care.
Onyx has kept her creative process and meditative practice alive. Her personal experience with Yoga nidra meditation studies, sound and breath work along with a certification in Kundalini yoga, provide a fertile ground for her to be with clients on their own healing journeys.
In Spring 2016, Onyx graduated from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Academy ( Honours). There she learned a gentle Japanese acupuncture approach that mixes well with energy work, sound healing and massage.
Onyx offers one or more of these modalities mentioned above in a session.
Phosphorus Flame Healing Intention
A brilliant equilibrium emerges in when we open up to our inner healing power.
The beauty of this balance is often witnessed by Onyx in session and gave it birth to the metaphor of a harmonious union of water and fire. Onyx envisioned a flame burning at ease within a watery realm symbolizing the resolution of duality.
The evolution of modalities in session such as the inclusion of Light Language reveals the potency found when the present moment is keyed into and intention of service is to the highest healing gesture.
Yoga nidra meditation, breathwork, energetic sounding sessions and other modalities done by distance can also be accessed on line and by phone.
Photo credits: R.K. Clipperton, Mark Tegethoff, Douglas Bagg and Chris Ensey