Karyn Claflin, LMT, CYT

Massage Therapy is a break from this busy world we live in where it always seems like someone or something is demanding your attention.

Karyn Claflin
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Teacher

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 have advanced training in Oncology Massage. I love learning about how the human body works and how to use massage to improve people’s lives.


I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) practicing in Champaign, IL. I work with many different types of people – people with cancer and cancer histories, office workers with aching shoulders, and stressed out students – with varying massage needs and aim to provide a massage customized to the individual. I am also a Preferred Provider for the Society for Oncology Massage.

What’s your favorite thing about being a massage therapist?

I used to be stressed out all-the-time, always wishing it was Friday! Massage Therapy has 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’s you’re favorite part about receiving massage?

It’s a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A break from this busy world we live in where it always seems like someone or something is demanding your attention. Massage is my time to actually relax.

What style of massage do you like to do?

My favorite style of massage to receive is Ashiatsu with hot stones, so that’s my favorite type of massage to give, too. The deep, broad pressure is deeply relaxing and great for sore muscles.

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 you favorite local lunch place?

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

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