Certified Massage Therapist Specializing in Therapeutic Massage
Graduated top of my class with honors from Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville, Oregon February 2010.
I began my massage career working in the Chiropractic field where I was dual licensed as a Chiropractic Assistant and LMT.
Working in Chiropractic gave me valuable experience working with clients suffering from chronic pain disorders, injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions.
Since graduation I have taken continued education courses in Pre and Post event Sports Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Bamboo Fusion, Massage for Cancer Patients, Prenatal and Postnatal Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Reiki.
When asked to describe my modality I often say “it is a mix of Swedish and Sports Massage with some moderate Deep Tissue.” It is difficult to describe exactly what it is that I do since each and every massage is tailored to the person that I am massaging based on their individual needs.
Massage does not need to be painful to be effective and I employ different moves and modalities to achieve muscle relaxation.
In the beginning of my career I mistakenly believed that deep painful massage was what was expected and I tried at first to meet that expectation. I ended up injuring myself early on and it was my former instructor who said to me “Do what you do and people will return to you because you did not hurt them.” She was right, I soon became the goto therapist for clients with various chronic pain conditions and I discovered that I am skilled in working with clients suffering from fibromyalgia, polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic conditions.
Prior to becoming a Massage Therapist
I worked for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Nurse Delegated Medication Aide in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes and Home Health.
I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to care for and help people with conditions ranging from Alzheimers/Dementia, Diabetes, Quadriplegics, Developmental Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and other conditions.
I have worked in cooperation with skilled Physical and Occupational Therapy teams in Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, and Day Centers providing rehabilitation and range of motions exercises to facilitate mobility. For myself personally I find that helping others has been the most rewarding part of my career.
What made me decide to become a Massage Therapist?
I was working at an independent living community for quadriplegics where I met a very inspiring woman whom I had the pleasure of caring for, her name was Paula. She had lost all four limbs to menengicocal virus and at the time I was caring for her she was also undergoing treatment for cancer. Often late at night her call light would go off, when I came to her bedroom she would be sitting up in bed crying in pain then she would ask me to rub her back. Always when I had finished she would say to me “you have healing hands, you should be doing this for a living.” Due to her inspiration I became a Massage Therapist and have never regretted that decision!
I love what I do, and I enjoy helping others .
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucious
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Kristeen Smart aka Kristeen Kish
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist