Kristen Minke, BS, LMP
I started my path to a career in bodywork and massage when I trained in various dance forms. Training at the professional level in ballet was very demanding and I found regular massage therapy enabled peak performance.
When a career ending injury required a change of course I pursued both my B.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University. While at Bastyr I took an advanced standing intensive in treatment massage through Brenneke School of Massage. I later took a course to gain the Washington State Intraoral massage endorsement for my license in order to treat TMJ disorders.
I have done two internships at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center under chief investigator Dr. Ann McTiernan studying the effects of exercise and nutrition on cancer survivors and I use what I have learned about nutrition and exercise to enhance my massage treatments. I volunteered in the outpatient physical therapy department at Evergreen Hospital for 8 months and at Renown in-patient geriatric rehabilitation hospital in Reno, NV for three months. I have worked at most of the top massage clinics in the area and learned a great deal from all the gifted therapists that I was blessed to have worked with.
I have worked with massage clients as young as 7 and adults into their 90s. I find everyone can benefit from the healing properties of massage and of all my experiences my clients have been my best teachers. Because of my more courageous and communicative clients I was able to design an effective massage protocol for frozen shoulder and alleviate the symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) in others. I have worked with a variety of other physical ailments most commonly arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines among others.
My massage style has a significant range from the light rhythmic repetitions of Manual Lymph Drainage to the moderate flowing sequences of Swedish massage to the subtle depth of Schweitzer Deep Tissue Technique. All are effective especially when applied appropriately to the current phase of injury. My training at Bastyr included a cooperative intermodality approach to patient care and I welcome input from other practitioners with greater scope of practice.
My clients typically are satisfied with their massage experience and even if injury treatment necessitates a degree of discomfort most are able to relax enough to have a restful and restorative experience. I continue to learn more about the body and massage treatment approaches so I can better serve my clients.
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