Our philosophy is founded 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.
Hark House does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, or weight. Our practice is strictly non-sexual.
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 completed my studies in 2002 at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine. 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.
My approach to working with clients is first to listen carefully to their needs and experience and then develop a plan of action with that in mind. I often suggest a theory or plan and it develops with the client's input from there.
My interest in bodywork began as a kid in the eighties and nineties, but 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. In 2016, I began a comprehensive therapeutic massage program at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine. 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. In Spring 2020, I attended what may have been the last Cranio Sacral Therapy training for some time. I have also completed workshops in children’s yoga, Ayurveda, Taoist meditation, qi kung, tai chi, and advanced alignment and yoga sutra. I am always learning from practicing, from my clients and from my incredibly well-informed partner, Sean Hasey.
My career background is varied, but the common themes of doing meaningful work and understanding things as a holistic system are 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.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me singing, sewing, rock climbing, helping Sean with a renovation project, gardening, 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).