My clients are busy, often caring for others, and recognize that if they want to continue at the demanding life pace they are at, they need to take care of themselves.”
I’m different. I listen. Not only in the literal sense during our health evaluation session, but when we’re making small talk before, after, and during our session. When a client mentions that he or she is looking for an acupuncturist or chiropractor, I suggest a recommendation. When a client is discussing her housing desires, I suggest a realtor or insurance agent. If a client tells me that her daughter is pregnant and is looking for a midwife, I give them the card of a reputable person I know.
I listen with my ears, my hands, and my eyes. While working on a client for massage therapy, it is part of my mission to take into account how the muscles feel and if they need added attention. Often, my clients don’t even need to tell me where it hurts. By watching them or hitting a particular part of their body, I can tell. In addition, while working on a difficult muscle, I’ll listen for the client to tense up – have they clenched their fists, flexed their feet or stopped breathing? These are all keys to me that the pressure may be too much or the spot may be too sensitive. Checking in at that particular point is what continues to make the massage enjoyable for both them and myself.
Listening – to me – is so much more than the conversation at hand; it’s the underlying meaning that the person might not even have thought to express.”
My passion for combined holistic and Western medicine has been evident since my teens. After receiving a B.S. in Agronomy (Farming) and specializing in weed science, I went on to work in a greenhouse and focus on a Plant Pathology masters program. When realizing that the plant side of medicine wasn’t for me, I investigated the care side through nursing school. However, that wasn’t quite right either, as it was too traditional without bringing in the Eastern and holistic side of healing. Things finally started to take shape for me when my youngest daughter, at eight months, developed a series of ear infections. Through traditional healthcare, we were directed to consider high doses of antibiotics and possibly ear canal tube operations. This didn’t sit well with me, and I knew I had to find another solution. Upon careful research, I came to understand the benefits of alternative health care options and took her to a chiropractor who cured her reoccurring infection. From then on, I was captivated. The alternative health care industry was where my formal plant and traditional nursing education intersected, leaving me with a peacefulness in the knowledge that I had finally found my calling.
In 2001, I graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage and haven’t looked back. Since then, I’ve completed continuing education courses every year, even when it wasn’t required, to ensure that I stay up to date on new advances within the practice. I’ve also expanded my certification to Reiki, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Swedish (relaxation) and Hot Stone massage.
Being able to combine these different types of massages is just another way that my approach to massage therapy is so much different than going to the spa. Each and every session with my client is different, unique and custom to what is going on in their body on that particular day.
Carol Kennedy, LMT Professional Credentials
Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, Diploma in Massage Therapy & Therapeutic Massage
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
Additional Professional Credentials
Certified Massage Therapist, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Certified Integrative Reflexologist, National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Second Degree Reiki Practitioner, American Reiki Master Association
Carol is a believer in continuing her education as part of her professional practice and has expanded her knowledge in the following areas:
- Food Addicition, Obesity & Diabetes
- Understanding Dementia
- Aromatherapy & Therapeutic Effects of Essential Oils
- Orthopedic Massage & Lower Body Orthomassage
- Lymphatic Facilitation
- Integrated Energy Therapy
- Treating Migraine & Other Headaches With Massage
- Myofascial Release: State of the Art Tissue Mobilization
- Cervical Stabilization
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Massage For People Living With Cancer
- Spices as Natural Medicine
Member, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Board Member, Rochester Women’s Network; also, Member, Community Service Committee
Volunteer, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center