Kerry Alisa Young, RN, LMT
I have been practicing healing arts since 1993. I began my journey with the study of Shiatsu in Boston, MA. My practice has evolved through the study of several different body and energy works as well as spiritual studies. Through the years I have explored Shiatsu, Muscular Therapy, Samvahan Vibrational Massage, Sound Healing and Prenatal Massage, birth & death doula care. I assist people with chronic pain, stress related tension and acute injuries. I work with such conditions as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, back pain, headaches and musculoskeletal pain and stress.
When not practicing healing arts I can be found practicing as a registered nurse at the Hospice of the Fisher Home. I live in Leverett, MA with my husband, three children and two cats. I can be found gardening, singing, playing guitar, practicing yoga, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, and meditating as often as I am able.
Bodywork is not only “good for the soul” and relaxing for the mind, it is also good for the body! Techniques such as Muscular Therapy benefit healthy, chronically ill or injured people. Massage can increase circulation which provides oxygen and nutrients into vital organs and tissues of the body. Deeper, more physical work can relieve the fascial layers of the body from adhesions created through stress and injury. Massage can also release endorphins which are a natural painkiller as well as stimulate the lymph system which is part of the body’s defense system against toxins. Passive stretching and rhythmic movement can improve range of motion in shortened and atrophied muscles. More passive or vibrational work, such as Samvahan and Sound Therapy can have more neurological effects on the body thus ‘tricking’ the nerves into perceiving less pain. This interval can help stop the cycle of the chronic pain stimulation.
While all these great things are happening within your body; your mind and your spirit are also lifted.
According to the Mayo Clinic some studies have shown that massage is helpful for:
- Stress relief
- Managing anxiety and depression
- Blood pressure control
- Infant growth
- Sports-related injuries
- Boosting immunity
- Cancer treatment