About bodysherpa
Lesley Pearl

I am. A massage therapist. A teacher. A writer. A healer. A dancer. An artist. A bodysherpa.

I graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in religious studies. For 10 years I made my living telling other people’s stories — as a reporter, and then, later, as a public relations and marketing professional.

Today I help people rewrite their own body stories. Much as I have rewritten mine.

My body story read: Fat. Uncoordinated. Sickly, facing a life of respiratory problems.

In my 40s, I’ve completed a bike century and sprint triathlon. Hiked the hills of California, Colorado and the South of France. Mountain biked through the Sierra Madre. Snow shoed at Yosemite. And maintained a healthy weight for eight years. Lately, I spend Sunday mornings dancing to West African drumming at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

I look in the mirror and I like what I see.

I believe that when you change how you feel about your body, you change what you can do with your body. And the universe opens with infinite possibilities.

As a self-named bodysherpa, I’ve built a practice with the express purpose of helping people to fall in love with their bodies, take care of their bodies and do things they never imagined possible.

My training includes more than 650 hours of massage and bodywork education, with specialized course work in pre-natal and geriatric massage, and injury treatment.

In addition to maintaining a private practice, I work for Weight Watchers International as a meeting leader, and as a mentor for new leaders. I have taught massage, anatomy and business courses at the McKinnon Institute of Massage in Oakland, California and Sonoma College in San Francisco.

I rewrote my body story by receiving massage and bodywork. My intention is to help you rewrite yours — by providing safe, healing touch, and other services, that allow you to listen to what your body has to say and to respond to it.

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