We do deep work. Deep tissue means different things to different people. Our philosophy hinges on finding resistance and working to release it—sometimes that means a deep, bulldozer approach, and other times it’s a subtler kind of depth, helping you to find your breath and release from the inside.
Chrystina and Sean, co-owners and therapists, seek to help you to deepen your ability to listen to your body and give it what it needs.
My background is varied, but a common theme of finding efficiency and doing meaningful work is woven throughout. My first career was in corporate sustainability and sustainable investing, and I spent some time between that and massage doing a variety of things including farming, challenge course facilitation, and advocacy work around food systems and sustainability.
The human body is a fascinating system, as are databases, global supply chains, and even the interpersonal relationships among kids. While my interest in bodywork began as a kid in the eighties and nineties, my formal training started in 2011 when I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie in New York City.
My formal training in massage began with a comprehensive therapeutic massage program at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine in 2016-2017. I have completed several advanced trainings including Myofascial Meridians with Anatomy Trains, jaw pain and TMJ study with Joe Rodin, including intra-oral treatments, and a course in Thai Massage with Krishna Peter Perry. In the fall of 2019, I had the honor of participating in my first cadaver lab workshop. I have also completed workshops in children’s yoga, Ayurveda, and advanced alignment and yoga sutra. I am always learning from practicing, from my clients and from my incredibly well-informed partner, Sean Hasey.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me singing, sewing, rock climbing, attempting a new circus trick, playing with our dog, or some combination thereof. I am licensed by the State of Maine and insured by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
I look at each client as an individual and am focused on each person’s unique needs. Some clients are looking to treat a specific muscular or structural dysfunction or pain while others seek support for relaxation and better sleep. That’s where the art comes in—designing a treatment that helps clients with their individual goals.
In my role as a teacher, I aim to support knowledge of the human body especially as it pertains to the connection between mind, body, and spirit. I have designed and led workshops for massage therapists and the public. I have also taught hands-on technique, traditional Chinese medicine, chair massage, and deep tissue, among other topics in a formal massage training setting.
Massage work requires good body mechanics, body awareness, and a keen ability to focus. Before enrolling in massage school, I was building furniture, making sculpture and painting—I had tested all of those skills. Having received massage, I realized the benefits and wanted to learn more. In many ways, it was a natural progression from the physical work and spiritual exploration I had already been doing. Since my massage school enrollment in 2000, I’ve not gone more than a few weeks without practicing.
I began my study at the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City, and I completed my studies at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine. I have been licensed to practice since 2002. I received additional training in Cranio Sacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute in Massachusetts and studied with Taoist teacher, Mantak Chia, in New York. The work I learned with Mantak Chia is a powerful form of abdominal massage that helps to align and vitalize the visceral organs, musculature and connective tissues of the abdomen.