Meet Karen Urwin, LMT, MMP

karen-urwin1-214x300Since 1989 I have been intensely involved in the study and practice of therapeutic massage with the goal of obtaining optimum health and wellness for my clients as well as for myself.

I firmly believe through my studies in eastern medicine and philosophy, as well as through my own personal experience, that health and wellness are not just connected to the physical body but are dependent upon our mental, emotional and spiritual well being. Supporting my work is an underlying philosophy that our bodies have their own self healing capabilities and massage therapy can create a holistic environment for that self healing to take place.

I began my studies in Tokyo under the direction of several of the world’s foremost practitioners of Shiatsu massage who instilled within me a deep respect for the ancient eastern philosophies of healing.

In 1991 my studies and travels drove me to Buntautuk Traditional Hospital, Chang Mai, Thailand for an intensive 3-week course in ancient Thai Massage and again was immersed in the ancient art and philosophy that still resonates with me today.

Upon my return to the United States, I continued to pursue my calling at the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, completing 1250 hours of study and was awarded my Certificate of Massage Therapy in 1995.

My continued desire for learning brought me in 2009 to the Colorado School of Healing Arts in Lakewood where I studied three levels of training in the relatively recent science and practice of Manual Lymphatic Drainage according to the method pioneered by Danish Drs Emil and Estrid Vodder.

My current academic pursuits have me studying the technique of Visceral Manipulation with The Barral Institute under the direction of world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral.

I have been successfully practicing massage therapy privately since 1996 and opened Integrative Bodyworks in 2004. In this period I estimate that I have practiced nearly 10,000 therapy sessions.

I pride myself on my excellent listening skills and my easily established rapport with my clients, allowing them to feel safe and comfortable in their treatment. I insist on conducting my services professionally with the highest level of integrity.

I am licensed by the Colorado State Department of Regulatory Agency to practice therapeutic massage for the greater health of my clients under Colorado license number 8948.


 

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