Our healthcare dynamic makes it so easy to fall into the trap of acting like we know more than our clients. Training makes us experts in systems of the body, but it doesn’t give us all the answers about how they function for you. And when we marry that general expertise with a strong desire to be of service, we can easily miss our client’s innate intelligence and very real experience by only seeing what we expect to see. This is how symptoms get treated instead of souls.
In this practice, we strive to stay curious. To remain open to partnering with you in your session by listening to where you are, what you think is going on, and how you want to feel. In this way, the sessions are directed by you. No adult that has come into our office hasn’t spent their lifetime figuring out how to care for themselves. Pretending you don’t have that power by treating you as broken, feels incredibly unfair, and I believe, insulting. We are trained and dedicated facilitators. We love this work. And we’re so ready to see where you and your body want to go.
In 2007, I graduated from a 700-hour massage program and then began work as a Swedish and deep tissue massage practitioner at a high-end spa. I began to get frustrated as more and more clients would leave sessions feeling relaxed, only to return a week or a month later with the same issues they started with.
My desire to experience sustained change led me to connective tissue therapy. For the past 15 years, I have grown with the profession and the ever-changing field of fascia. I have seen this work help so many bodies and minds - including my own.
While I've had the benefit of many great teachers through the years, my greatest influences are Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains, The Upledger Institute, somatic approaches from Peter Levine and Stephen Porges, the teachings of Melissa Joy Jonsson, and John Barnes' Myofascial Release.
Krista is not accepting new clients at this time. If you are an existing client of Krista's, please contact her for myofascial release, craniosacral, and structural integration-based session scheduling.
Photography: Kerry Anne Walsh
I view massage as a holistic practice integrating the entire body, mind, and spirit. By working slowly and with intention, bodywork can soothe an overstimulated nervous system providing grounding, meditative, and profound effects.
While backpacking in Thailand, I received my first Thai massage and fell in love. I've always been drawn to the power of touch, massaging my family since I was a child, and I knew I wanted to learn more about the profession. Hands-on assists in my yoga teacher training added to the vocabulary of therapeutic touch I gained from massage school, and my ongoing continuing education.
Over the past decade, I’ve explored ways to come back home to my mind and body. Some of my favorite practices include yoga and intentional movement, Yoga Nidra, breathwork, meditation, nature, sound healing, and bodywork. I incorporate these grounding practices into sessions along with spa comforts like weighted blankets, eye masks, heat packs, and pillows.
Whether we work together on the massage table or the Thai mat, each session is approached with empathy and personalized care. Massage has supported me during tough periods of my life. I hope you leave our sessions feeling more connected to yourself, supported, able to breathe deep, and with greater ease.
Photography: Bri Morse Photography
Thai Massage is an ancient practice that combines acupressure, compressions, yoga and passive stretching. Also called the "lazy man's yoga," it is unique because it is practiced on a massage mat on the floor. The client stays fully dressed in comfortable clothing and there is no lotion involved. Thai massage can be meditative and relaxing as it works with the sen energy lines. With stretching and assisted movements, this practice is more dynamic and invigorating than a traditional massage but it may create more feelings of freedom in the body and the mind!
90-minute session // $150
Using hypo-allergenic lotion and proper draping, this session combines Swedish therapeutic massage for targeted areas based on consultation, with any of the following: myofascial release, stretching/movement, breathwork, guided imagery and meditation, sound-healing, grounding practices, and tools to calm the central nervous system, like a weighted-blanket, vagus nerve techniques, etc. (currently not offered for pregnant clients - please contact us for a referral)
60 and 90-minute sessions available starting at $100
MASSAGE FOR CHARITY
Our Integrative Massage with 10% of the proceeds donated to the New Jersey chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from sessions held through March 2023.
60-minute session // $100
Intentional Movement, breathwork, meditation, and energy work rituals and classes, virtual and in-person, offered by Christie DiStefano.
See Christie's Instagram account and website for more information.