I've been practicing since 2002
What made you choose to pursue your profession?
A few months before I decided to study bodywork,
I developed an abscess in my throat. It was the most painful thing that I can remember experiencing, both physically and emotionally. As I moved through the healing process
I realized the extent that it was tied into my emotional state. That began the process of learning to change a long term pattern of suppressing my feelings and voice.
That intense experience made me a huge believer in the connection between our bodies and minds. I became very interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, movement, and dance. Studying shiatsu and massage seemed like a perfect way to take my first steps towards being a natural health practitioner. Little did I know I would fall love with this hands on work and still be practicing today.
What keeps you engaged in your profession?
I truly believe that if we were all more in touch with our bodies we would do less harm to the world and in the world. It feels like very important work to restore and develop our relationships with our bodies.
What kind of clients do you like working with most?
I enjoy working with clients who are interested in changing patterns of chronic tension and pain. I love helping people who've had injuries, limited mobility/range of motion, or chronic tension creates changes in their physical structure that eliminates or greatly reduces the discomfort they have felt. I like to do this in a way that doesn't feel cold or clinical, and embraces both the science and sacredness of bodywork.
I love it when clients who sought me out to help with a pain or mobility issue find they've resolved it and now come in for maintenance visits or just to relax and enjoy a massage.
What conditions/health patterns do you like to work with most?
Pain, stiffness, injuries, limited range of motion, tension headaches, auto accidents.
How do you spend your free time?
I love spending time with my husband, daughter, cats, and friends. I sing, play accordion, write songs, and exercise.
What do you look for in a health care practitioner?
I look for someone who is knowledgable, a good listener, treats me as an authority on my own body, and someone who is passionate about their practice.
Karen Townsend offers massage, Shiatsu, and Thai massage therapy at Wellness Minneapolis. Follow this link to read more about her approach to health and healing.