Nurture to Heal™ Team
Aline was inspired to make the original pillow by her therapy dog, Magic. Magic was a little Bichon/Poodle mix who, for 15 years, dutifully assisted her in every therapy session. He greeted clients at the door, sat on their feet when they needed grounding, and had all kinds of tricks to warm their hearts. Opening people to their feelings was his specialty. When he passed away, Aline and her clients missed him so much that she had the idea to make red velvet HEART pillows in his honor. Victor designed and sewed the pillows, which she gave to her clients as remembrance offerings, and to her students as gifts.
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Victor is our creative powerhouse. He is an industrial designer and photographer with a degree in apparel design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM) in Los Angeles.
With loads of experience in several design fields, he makes our Nurture to Heal™ Therapeutic Pillows by hand. We appreciate Victor’s multiple talents―as Executive Director, he keeps our company on track. He also brings skills in drawing and design, pattern-making, shopping for the best velvets and filler seeds, sewing, streamlining our manufacturing process, overseeing quality control, organizing order fulfillment, and so much more.
He is equally at home with our industrial sewing machines, handling a power saw or a sewing needle. Because sewing is a messy business, and cleaning up is part of the ritual, he has the best vacuums known to humanity in all shapes and sizes. He is constantly improving our workspace with the most delightful, creative, and thoughtful upgrades, such as his special magnets, which he places in auspicious locations to catch the pins that fly off the pillows in the sewing process.
Laura learned to sew from her Italian grandmother, who immigrated from Sicily. Fabrics are second nature to her. She is passionate about their feel, weave’s artistry, and color’s richness. The quality of our pillows reflects her diligent attention to the fabric and sewing details. Laura is constantly discovering new ways of using the pillows in treatment. Whether for grounding, boundary work, containment, nurturing, or soothing, Laura’s creativity is limitless.
Laura has a private practice in Beverly Hills, where she supports clients in exploring somatic awareness and helps them experience the body as home.