Karen not only is my personal manual therapist, but she is who I recommend my patients see to expedite their healing. I recommend Karen with confidence as her experience, intuition and skilled hands have alway succeeded in improving everyone’s health who find their way to her. Massage and Lymphatic Drainage is a necessity, not a luxury however luxurious it feels.”
My first impression of Karen was how professional she is. After a few sessions I realized she was able to back up that professional demeanor with wisdom, knowledge and technique. I came to Karen because I was diagnosed with chronic stage II Lyme disease; with her unique style and lymph drainage technique I was able to detoxify and get my lymph system moving so that I reached optimal health again. I would recommend Karen to anyone with chronic illness that wants to get better and healthy again.
I have suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis for my entire adult life. There are times when the pain and inflammation virtually shut me down, inside and out. After 30 years of conventional medical treatment consisting of almost every expensive, life-threatening, and only marginally effective designer immunosuppressant, steroid, etc. I decided to switch to a regimen of diet, exercise, and physical therapy.
A friend recommended Karen Urwin for massage therapy. I read that Ms. Urwin had at least 20 years of training and experience in several disciplines and had earned several certifications in her field, but, from the very first session, over two years ago, I found all of that secondary to her savant-like ability to find and successfully treat even my smallest points of stiffness, pain, and inflammation, and not just in my muscles and joints, but in my internal organs and lymphatic system as well. Quite simply, I come out of each session feeling what I call “even,” where my whole body is in less pain and feels much more aligned and fluid of movement.
No, even under the regular care of Karen Urwin, I am not totally pain-free, but thanks in large part to her treatments, I am off of the toxic meds, am physically much stronger, and have many more days of energy and activity than ever before.
Following my liposuction procedure, my doctor recommended a series of lymphatic drainage massage treatments to reduce swelling and promote healing. Karen’s lymph drainage therapy helped my sluggish lymph system flow better, thereby helping my body to naturally detoxify. The lymph treatments helped relieve the fluid/lumpiness just under the skin. At my follow-up appointment one month post-procedure, my doctor said some areas of my body were healing ahead of schedule. Karen also has made other valuable recommendations with respect to the body’s detox process. She has a wonderful calming and healing energy, and our therapy sessions have always felt very comfortable and unhurried. I heartily recommend Karen.
Karen has been my massage therapist for over three years. Not only is she an amazing resource for health and wellness, she is one of those people I would describe as a true “healer” as well. As a runner and avid yoga practitioner, Karen has helped me maintain and respect my body, its strengths, its limitations, its processes and its energetic balances. I have also been through my share of life challenges which also must be managed in the body when we experience stress. Karen has been a great resource and guide for this as well. She is an amazing person and a gifted professional.
Due to a combination of medical complications, I have pursued massage as a therapeutic treatment for many years and have worked with practitioners of many modalities. It is with sincere honesty that I can say that Karen Urwin is one of the best therapists that I have worked with. Her knowledge of different techniques and her innate intuitiveness lend itself to a very personal experience. This is not a “one size fits all” massage. Karen’s insight and vast education of different touch treatments is a great benefit to anyone seeking more than just a feel good massage.
I've worked with Karen for almost 3 years on a weekly basis - she is an ongoing and integral part of my wellness team and a very skilled practitioner for lymphatic drainage and visceral manipulation.
When I first stared seeing Karen, I could not treat my Lyme and mold illness because my lymphatic system was completely shut down and my organs were not functioning properly, so I could not detox and therefore could not tolerate any treatments. I was stuck and unable to make progress. With Karen's help my body's ability to detox has improved enormously - her treatments help to lower my overall pain, un-stiffen my body, reduce muscle tension in my neck, reduce rib cage pain, improve the function of my liver and other organs, and boost my energy and mood. And after working with her for a few months, I was able to start and tolerate treatment again for my mold and lyme illness and have continued to make progress. I'm so grateful to Karen for her help, knowledge and skills in this area.