About

Crave calm in your hectic life?

Your to-do list is never ending.

It seems like you’re always rushing around.

There’s never enough time.

We live in a busy world where it seems like someone or something is always demanding your attention.

Imagine being able to find calm no matter what’s going on around you.

I’m Karyn Claflin, and I’m not your typical massage therapist. I help folks like you who are burnt out and feeling weighed down by their stress to feel free again using a unique blend of massage therapy, coaching, and movement & wellness education.

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, let’s connect.

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 an Integrative Wellness Program to support you in actually making you your #1 priority.

Credentials

  • The Kaivalya Yoga Method Yoga Teacher Training, 500-hour, 2017
  • 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?”

Been here before and/or are trying to redeem a gift certificate?

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