About

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Karyn Claflin

BodyMind Coaching Practitioner
Lead Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Teacher

I help folks who are feeling weighed down by their stress or pain to feel free again.

Over the years working as a massage therapist (and as a human actually dealing with stress), I’ve noticed just how many folks are constantly stressed out, exhausted, just dragging themselves through their days. 

It’s like stress is just who you are.

You think you just need to get rid of that horrible boss, finish that huge project, or just make it to Friday and then you’ll live the good life.

And, sure, sometimes you do something nice for yourself, like get a massage!

And you feel amazing afterwards. Fully present in your body.

But, then you go back out to “the real world” and you check your email and you start thinking about all the things you need to get done today. And the next time you actually make time for you, that dull ache between your shoulder blades has become a sharp pain, it seems like you always have a headache, and you’re irritable, snapping at your kids, your partner, and everyone around you.

Massage is great, but even if you come see me once a week, you still spend another 167 hours in your body each week. What you do during that time matters.

And this cycle that I see happening over and over again with many of you, is why I’m continually learning more and upgrading my skills studying massage therapy, but also yoga, aromatherapy and BodyMind Coaching. I’m not content to just relieve the tension that stress has created in your body and then send you home to continue the same actions that led to the tension.

I want better for you. I want you to have that just-had-a-massage feeling everyday.

Because when you’re exhausted, overwhelmed with the day-to-day responsibilities of life, just trying to get through the day, you can’t be your best.

And I truly believe the world needs you to be your best. We need you to show up and be the most amazing version of you — not just another exhausted person dragging yourself through life.

Because when you are present for your life and doing your best, you inspire others, you lift them up. And, I don’t know about you, but that’s the world I want to live in. Not the one, where it seems like most people are just dragging themselves through life.

If that’s you, if you want to be the best mom you can be, an amazing partner, or spectacular at your job, but stress is getting in the way, I’ve designed Integrative Massage Sessions and a program of support to help you get out of your head, where you’re spinning your wheels always thinking about all the things you need to do, and into your body so you can live your life more fully.

Work with Me

The thing is, if you’re still reading, you know you need to take better care of yourself. But if you’re ready to actually claim that and make it your reality, I invite you to schedule your first session.

During this session, we’ll talk about why you’re here, how stress is showing up in your body and in your life, and your goals.

I’ll design a customized Massage or Ashiatsu Massage for you to address the tension in your body, and we’ll work together to create an action plan so you can expand that just-had-a-massage-and-I-feel-AWESOME sensation during the rest of your week. And if it feels like a good fit, we can talk about continuing to work together toward your goals.

Either way you’ll leave that session with your next best step.

Book Your Integrative Massage Session Now!

My Background

After spending several years hunching over a desk trying to meet ever-shortening deadlines, I developed wrist and shoulder pain. It was quite a journey to resolve the pain, but it led me to trying out massage for my own pain, then to studying massage. I completed my initial Massage Therapy education at Parkland College and I’ve been a Massage Therapist since 2013.

But I was still stressed out all the time. I had thought that if I got rid of the stressful job, I’d be much less stressed. I also noticed that while my clients would feel AMAZING after their massage, over the next hours or days or weeks, little bits of stress would pile back in. And the next time I saw them, they’d have the same stress and their pain would be back.  

The thing is, stressful things are always going to happen. You can’t escape stress, but you can learn to manage your reaction to it, so when stressful things pop up, your day doesn’t get derailed.

That’s why I’ve combined my years of experience and education as a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Coach to help you learn to take better care of yourself every single day, instead of just when you come in for your massage. I’ve designed Integrative Massage Sessions and a program of support to help you to actually make you your #1 priority.

At each session we’ll combine massage and movement to address the physical tension that stress creates in your body. And together we’ll create a plan so that you actually implement healthier choices in your day-to-day life.

Ready to get started? Schedule your Introductory Integrative Massage Session.

Credentials

  • The Kaivalya Yoga Method Yoga Teacher Training, 500-hour, 2017
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  • Aromahead Institute, Aromatherapy Certification, 2015
  • Parkland College, Massage Therapy Certification, 2013
  • University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Arts, 2005

Massage Continuing Education

  • BodyMind Coaching– Laura Wieck
  • Barefoot Basics (Ashiatsu)- DeepFeet
  • Fijian Barefoot Massage- Christyn Rittenhouse
  • AshiThai- DeepFeet
  • Scar Tissue Mobilization for the Post-Mastectomy/Post-Radiation Client- Jamie Elswick
  • Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer- Tracy Walton

A little Q&A with Me

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I used to be stressed out all the time, always wishing it was Friday! Massage Therapy, Yoga, and BodyMind Coaching have helped me learn to take care of myself and I love helping others do the same. It’s pretty cool to be part of the transition from visibly stressed or worn down to completely at-ease and ready to take on the world.

What do you love about the community here?

I love the small town feel, without being too small. Plus it’s really easy to get around. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA and it used to take close to an hour to get to work everyday!

What’s your favorite local lunch place?

Pekara Bakery and Bistro. Their Carrot Cake and Roasted Red Pepper Soup are amazing!

Are you stressed OUT? Don’t have enough TIME? Living a life of “when this life event happens [your kids are older, when this big project at work is over or when they hire more help at the office], then I will actually take care of myself?”

Learn to make YOU your #1 priority:

Book Your Integrative Massage Session Now!

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Please send an email to karyn@balancechampaign.com for your scheduling link.