I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Maine. In 2017 I trained at New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts in the following modalities: Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy (European NMT), Reflexology, Sports Massage, Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation (PNF), Range of Motion (ROM), Position of Comfort (POC), Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Circulatory Massage, and Hydrotherapy. I studied Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Pathology, Ethics & Professionalism, Public Health & Hygiene, Nutrition, Clinical Assessment and Health Service Management. I keep my First Aid and CPR up to date.
Further training and practices include: Introductory Dermo-Neural Modulation (2019), Cranio-Sacral Therapy (2018), Thai massage (2017), Ingham Method Reflexology (2016), Integral Yoga Teacher Training (1995), Structural Yoga Therapy (2002), Kripalu Danskinetics (2000) training, and Nutrition (lifetime practice, not certified), Hydration and Hydrotherapy (practice and continuing study).
Our bodies have the innate intelligence to heal themselves. Massage therapy can open the pathways to healing the interconnections of mind<>body<>emotions<>spirit<>social functioning and wellness. The body tells the brain what to do, and the brain tells the body what to do. Our bodies and brains must receive, accept, and understand the therapeutic work in order for it to respond, reorganize and make a lasting change in the body. No longer elusive, the "fountain of youth", aging well, living joyfully without pain, and even "aging backwards" can be ours with intention, understanding, and daily discipline. We have the ability to tap into our abundant wellness and strive each day for a body in a position of comfort and balance. There are many daily actions that reset us and restore our wellness, including a regular therapeutic massage. Therapeutic massage and regular yoga practices are easeful, peaceful and blissful paths to abundant, radiant and joyful wellness.
"My wife gifted me a bliss body massage with Kara at Abundant Wellness Therapeutic Massage. My main goal was to have a relaxing massage, which I got, but much more. During the 30 minute foot soak, Kara prepared a cup of tea for me and went through my health history, which has extensive injuries from fractured vertebrae in my lower back, neck surgery/disc replacement, rotator cuff surgery, gout... She designed a therapy session that worked on some of the numbness and dysfunction that were leftover from these injuries and surgeries. The treatment was very relaxing, yet also stimulating. My biggest issue is numbness in my left arm, left over from neck surgery because of nerve damage from the underlying problem the surgery corrected. Kara’s approach to use massage to stimulate these nerves gives me hope that eventually the numbness can disappear. I left feeling relaxed and energized. I gifted back a massage session for my wife, and I think we will signup for the 10-pack." ~Adult client, J.R.
"By the end of the massage, my body had relaxed and my mind and thoughts had become clear. The session helped me to become more self aware, both physically and emotionally/spiritually. Kara was very respectful of my boundaries and gave thoughtful feedback for any health-related topic." ~Teen client, B.B.
Abundant Wellness is a Planet<>People<>Profit model business, which views each action through the lens of environmental consciousness and stewardship. Environmentally conscious practices include: *Re-purposed desk, artwork, frames and vases from Pawsibilities in Norway, Maine, which contributes to Responsible Pet Care: "fun shopping to help homeless pets". *Low-impact laundry: line-dried linens as often as the weather and I can tango; minimal dryer use. *Unscented laundry detergent and simple ingredients: baking soda, white vinegar, washing soda for laundry. *Organic lemons, herbs, and produce, as much as I can grow or access. *Minimizing wastes and single-use plastics, recycling, and composting. *Allergies and sensitivities: I will do everything I can to accommodate your needs. *Please let me know if you know of other practices that I should include.