Bodywork with Kristin
Over the last 8 years of practicing bodywork and teaching yoga professionally, I have come to realize my strengths and how to customize your session to be most effective. Through working with various bodies and issues, taking continuing education courses, exchanging with other massage therapists, and reinforcing information and technique through teaching, I have developed a unique style that I am confident is thorough, effective, and enjoyable.
This year brings a new incarnation of my practice where I would like to focus on creating therapeutic relationships and further honing my ability to facilitate progress.
What is a therapeutic relationship?
This is a relationship that relies on communication, goal setting, and mutual effort. While this dynamic sometimes develops organically, when the intention is set at the beginning of each session, the time can be spent fully and thoroughly addressing your needs. Communication can further help this process along by providing feedback, requesting adjustments in pressure or technique, and asking questions. Mutual effort is the willingness and follow through to do self care and maintenance in between sessions. It’s important not to expect a therapist to ‘fix’ your ‘problem’ but instead to participate in the growing and healing process by taking an open and focused approach to your own progress.
What might your needs be?
Specific pain relief
Complimenting a training routine
Alternative to medical intervention
Increase range of motion or flexibility
Detox diet, chemicals, etc
90 Minute Full Body
This is the general standard to complete a Traditional Thai massage or full body therapeutic massage and choose 1-2 focus areas. I may use any of the following - Heat, Thai massage, cupping, acupressure, etc. on the table or the floor as needed. I will give suggestions for exercises to maintain and continue progressing in between appointments.
2 Hour Full Experience
A 2 hour session is necessary if there are multiple concerns in addition to a full body massage. I will use all of my skills and tools to achieve relaxation and be effective. This may include Thai massage, cupping, acupressure, abdominal massage, and extended work in problem areas.
Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls
Sound healing sends vibration through the body to stimulate the movement of energy. Specific notes are used to address certain chakras and encourage balance. It is very relaxing and meditative.
You may request for this to be included in your session at no additional cost.
*Session times indicate the time spent on the table or mat. Extra time is blocked for any discussion or feedback.
*You may add an Infrared Sauna session for an additional $25. Please request this when you book your appointment.
*Payment is due at time of service. Cash or check is preferred. Credit Card payment is available.
Schedule a call with me to discuss your needs and determine service options.
Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork
Thai Bodywork is a healing modality developed thousands of years ago in Thailand. It is considered the daughter science of yoga.
Thai Bodywork is practiced on a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed to protect privacy while being moved and stretched. It combines heavy compression, traction, assisted stretching, breath work, and intention. It is completely passive for the receiver and said to be like 'having yoga done to you' with the added bonus of massage. It differs from traditional table massage in that it involves movement of the legs, hips, and shoulders. It is profoundly beneficial for energetic balance, joint health, flexibility, pain relief, circulation, as well as calming the mind and spirit.
Clients express to me that they find the massage very relaxing and energizing at the same time. I have also been told that it is much more 'powerful' than table massage and that, 'it is like being put back together again.'
Sessions are typically 90 minutes to complete a full body routine and offer specific work where you need it most.
After our first appointment, sessions may be shorter or longer depending on your needs and my recommendation. I may suggest and incorporate other modalities which will be discussed following our first meeting.
Here's a video of Kristin demonstrating some stretches in Thai Massage:
What To Expect When You Come in for Thai Bodywork
What To Wear: It is important that I can move your body around with your privacy protected.
Wear work out or yoga clothes with arms and legs covered.
Come Prepared: Do not eat at least two hours prior to your massage. To receive the most out of your massage,
care for your body prior to and after our session. Eat healthy, rest well, and stay hydrated.
Getting Started: We will have a brief chat to discuss why you're in to see me and how I can be most helpful to you.
I consider physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in how I work. Share only what you're comfortable with,
your privacy is very important to me.
Throughout The Session: You will gain the most benefit from our session the more you allow yourself
to relax and receive. Unless there is discomfort, or you would like more or less pressure,
receiving quietly is most effective and enjoyable.
After The Session: Your feedback can be very helpful in tailoring future sessions. This is the time to let me
know if there was anything you found particularly enjoyable, beneficial, or if you have any questions.
Be sure to drink plenty of water and follow up if questions arise after you leave your session.
*Appointments are typically booked out 4-6 weeks
Summer Appointment Times:
Sundays - 12pm
Mondays - 4:30pm
Tuesdays - 1pm, 3pm
Wednesdays - 9am
Thursdays - 1pm, 3pm