Favor Ellis, MA, CH, LMT #9207
When I was little girl, I was pigtail braids, scraped knees and dirty hands, always reading a book or writing stories. Sitting by the stream or nestled in the roots of the fallen Good Old Tree. Always asking the world for stories so I could make sense of my place in things. I fell in love with the stories I could hear when I really listened. I fell in love with the place right there, where wind meets skin, voice meets song, where tops of trees touch bottom of sky. Look up, look up. And when I got lost or scared or small, I learned to save myself with deep listening and touch and words. I listened hard and deep and I learned some of the ways my stories put roots in my flesh, grief heavy in my lungs, fear in my kidneys. That's how it started.
I can find my way around any forest or city, and walk eyesclosed along any water's edge without falling in.
I am afraid of heights but not depths or distances. I listen best with my hands and heart.
I think in metaphor and magic and minister to the tenderest parts.
I am an intuitive massage therapist,
bodyworker, and counselor,
a spell-casting wordwitch, a wildhearted queer,
an intersectional, intentional, & inclusive feminist,
a threshold doula,
a circle practitioner, a holder of heart-centered space,
an explorer of liminal spaces.
I hold a Master's degree in Transformative Language Arts, Imaginal Psychology, and Embodiment Studies. What this means is that I engage metaphor, dreams, and vulnerability, and am always exploring the ways we can live more soulful, connected, and embodied lives. I've spent the last twenty-five years holding space for, working with, and counseling homeless, runaway, and street-dependent young people, queers, trans & nonbinary & gender expansive folks, and college students. Most recently, I've trained with the Center for Courage and Renewal’s Academy for Leaders and worked with Heather Plett to become a certified Holding Space coach & facilitator. I'm a full-spectrum doula and a humanist chaplain & celebrant. I became a massage therapist and bodyworker at the Santa Fe School of Massage, formerly the Scherer Institute for Natural Healing.
My lens is healing-centered, intersectional, intuitive, and empathetic.
I am especially curious about stories of transition and transformation: birth, death, grief, loss, identity, relationship, and growth, and the ways our bodies interact with these stories. How we live our narratives, how we can choose to be who we need.
I am a touchstone at the thresholds. A threshold doula.