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What to expect from your session with Karen:
Upon arriving you will be asked to complete a health history form which informs me of any health conditions I should be aware of. All of your information is held strictly confidential. You may print out the necessary forms from this website and fill them out at home to save time.

After reviewing your forms and getting clear on the goals for the day’s session (i.e. relaxation, work on a painful area, promote better sleep or digestion, relieve a headache, etc.) we will get started with the session. I will communicate with you about levels of pressure and encourage you to speak up if there is anything that feels uncomfortable.

I use one or more of these types of massage to promote improved health, bodily awareness, pain and stress relief, injury repair, positive body image and empowerment over one’s own health.



Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork based on the same principles as Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. The Client remains fully clothed wearing loose, comfortable clothing. This allows the practitioner to perform different stretches with the client. The ultimate goal of Shiatsu is to promote the smooth flow of “qi” or energy throughout the body. Shiatsu is effective for a wide range of conditions such as headaches, muscular tension, anxiety, or poor digestion.  It is also a great modality for overall relaxation and deep stress relief.

What to expect during your Shiatsu ::
A typical Shiatsu session may be performed on a mat on the floor or a low table. I may ask to feel your pulse or look at your tongue in order to get a complete picture of any internal conditions that may be present. This allows me to customize your session, creating a holistic bodywork experience that suits your needs.

Thai Yoga Bodywork:

Thai Yoga Bodywork or Thai Massage is sometimes also called “Lazy man’s yoga”. It is performed on a mat on the floor. The client wears loose, comfortable clothing that is suitable for movement and stretching .The practitioner performs massage and stretching techniques while the client remains passive. It is incredibly relaxing and allows the practitioner to move the client in ways that are not possible when working on a table. This modality is highly recommended for clients who are looking to increase their flexibility. A 2 hour session is typical to get the full benefit of this modality, though I also offer 60 and 90 minute sessions.

Swedish/ Relaxation Massage:

During a Swedish massage the practitioner uses oils and lotions to work into the muscles of the client and melt away stress and tension. The client is typically unclothed while being covered with a sheet according to professional standards. This is a great full body treatment for the person under stress who looking to relax, feel good, improve circulation or warm up stiff muscles in the body. It is also a great modality for those who can’t tolerate deep pressure.

Rehabilitative Massage:

Rehabilitative massage is typically used to treat injuries or areas of chronic pain. The goal is to create significant change in the muscle tissue thereby improving the circulation, mobility and overall health of the area. The practitioner uses anatomically precise techniques to break up scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles and release “trigger points”. The techniques may be painful while applied, but the goal is that the area will feel better afterwards (though perhaps a little sore from the deep work). Often times more than one session is needed to create the significant, lasting change desired, though you will probably notice improvement after the first session.