Welcome to my website. You'll find descriptions of my massage and somatic therapy
work, testimonials from previous client's and a blog where I'll be sharing reflections and resources that many have found useful. I'm also available to speak, teach and facilitate workshops. I hope you find something for yourself.
Enjoy, and please be in touch! ~ Kristen
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Fall 2014 Course Starts:
Sept 8, 2014 Mon AM 9-11:30am: MBSR - Northampton
Sept 11, 2014 Th PM 6:30-8:30pm: MBSR - Amherst
new Amherst, MA office location:
The Somatic Center @ Dragonfly Integrative Care
Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pregnancy, Myofascial Release
"...one hip in particular was so painful that it interfered with my daily activities, not to mention hampered sports and dancing. I am a cautious believer in 'alternative therapies,' but thought I’d give Kristen a try. She pretty much worked a miracle, as the pain disappeared entirely. She is very knowledgable and listens carefully. She absolutely worked for me, and I would recommend her to anyone."
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|"I can’t begin to describe the very deep personal changes that I’ve been able to make. I have begun to believe in myself, to heal very old, limiting beliefs and to find the compassion that allows me to live beyond my past. I stand at the center of my life now and am beginning to live the life I’ve always wanted." T.M., Pioneer Valley, MA, 2006|
Somatic Therapy, Bodywork or Body-Centered Psychotherapy are different names used to describe a category of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices that involve working with the human mind-body connection to improve quality of life and promote healing. The ‘Soma’ in Somatic Therapy is a term that refers to the unified 'mind-body' whole that cannot be separated into parts.
Techniques vary greatly and may focus on assessing and improving posture, promoting awareness of the mind-body connection, working with the breath, movement and vocalization, tracking nervous system activation for working with trauma or cathartic release of emotions.
Massage is a ‘hands-on’ treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. Varieties of massage range from gentle movement of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.1
1. Excerpt from "Massage”, University of Maryland Medical Center; Review provided online by VeriMed Healthcare Network.