Allison was born in New York City and spent much of her youth involved in music, dance, and theatre arts. While in college she began practicing yoga and exploring alternatives to western medicine as a result of a prolonged illness. She found that these practices helped her find inner guidance and cultivate true health. Throughout her life she has been inspired to teach what she learns.
Allison has thirty years of experience as a healing artist and somatic educator. Her work blends biodynamic craniosacral therapy, skills of embodiment, body-centered meditation, and the Realization Process. Her focus is relaxation, deep listening, health cultivation, and joyful embodiment.
In 1996, with her husband Stephen Cavaliere, Allison helped open Miraval, Life in Balance, near Tucson, Arizona, now one of the top spas in the world. There, they created the Asian Bodywork Department with special focus on the belly and Thai Yoga Movement Practice. While at Miraval Allison and Stephen were inspired to write Unwinding the Belly to provide a non-technical and accessible introduction to the essence of breathing and self-healing.
Allison and Stephen continue to teach workshops and create online programs to support the general public in the joy of embodiment, while working in private practice.