Meet Your Therapist
For 30 years I was a massage client, before changing careers from healthcare (I was a Medical Lab Technologist and then Phlebotomist at the RI Blood Center for many years) to Massage Therapy. Usually I sought out massage for relief from anxiety and tight, sore muscles. As a result, I understand what it's like to receive massage and how vital it is for my Mind/Body Self-Care. I wanted to give back to my clients all the enormous benefits of Massage and pass on the "Ahhhhh's" that I received from wonderful caring massage therapists for all those years, and still do!
Mindfulness and attention to detail are brought into each and every massage. My work is grounded in evidence-based massage and is focused on the nervous system, as this is where pain originates from. We will work together to encourage your nervous system to settle down, and in turn, allowing your muscles to soften, relax and let go of tension. My home studio offers a calm and peaceful atmosphere to guide my client out of the "fight/flight" cycle, into one of increasing relaxation, pain reduction and healing. I encourage deep breathing during your massage to facilitate further relaxation from within your body.
I have received additional certifications in:
Prenatal Massage ~ A wonderful, relaxing massage for mama and baby! Safe massage at all stages of pregnancy.
Oncology Massage ~ This is a safe and therapeutic massage for those affected by cancer and cancer treatments, in all stages. I am a member of S4OM - Society for Oncology Massage.
Manual Lymph Drainage Massage (MLD) ~ For those affected by edema/swelling due to pregnancy, surgeries or pathologies. Also for those seeking a more gentle, deeper level of relaxation.
Massage for Trauma & PTSD ~ I have been trained in this type of massage, which addresses the need for a consent-based and trauma-informed approach to ensure feelings of safety throughout the massage. Feeling comfortable while someone is working on your body is important for anyone, and especially for those who have previously been trauma-exposed, and for whom a bad-experience massage could be retraumatizing. Conversely, a good-experience massage can feel nurturing, another potential source of healing.
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! I look forward to forming a partnership, as we work together to help you reach your wellness goals.
Kathy Smith, LMT, CMLD
RI license# MT02345
MA license# 14151