Kara has been practicing manual and movement therapy since 2010. She has been enhancing her skill set since her graduation as a physical therapist assistant. Her driving force has been the undeniable connection between body, mind, and overall health in the rehabilitation of each individual wholly.
Kara has dedicated over a decade to studying and understanding the body-mind connection. She has learned that the body and mind react to stress by tightening fascial tissue. Fascia is a web-like structure that surrounds everything in your body, including organs, muscles, circulatory and nervous systems. Fascia naturally tightens to provide stability during stressful situations. Imbalances arise when chronic stress, trauma, or blockages occur in the body's fascia and it is unable to move fluidly. If fascia tissue is left constricted it becomes dehydrated and it can increase muscle tone, decrease blood flow, promote painful trigger points, and decrease joint space. Fascia requires movement, relaxation, stretching and structural awareness to perform at an optimal level. Through the combination of movement therapy, structural massage, breath work, manual therapy techniques, physical postures and mindfulness tools, Kara guides her clients toward finding self-empowerment skills that lead to transformation and balance. Massage treatment sessions are tailored to facilitate pain reduction, lengthening, stretching, and hydrating of the fascial tissue in different areas depending upon each individual's unique goals and needs.
Kara's curiosity for restoring the body as a whole began shortly after receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida in 2003. She started practicing alignment-based yoga recreationally and it then became very clear that there was a strong holistic interrelationship between body and mind. Her passion for helping others grew while working as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in outpatient orthopedics in 2010. She completed her certification as a Kinesio Tape Practitioner® within her first year out of school to provide athletes with the strength and confidence to return to sports. Her interest for empowering other to heal themselves, inspired her to complete her yoga certification through the integrative yoga therapy teacher training at Sundara Yoga Therapy in July 2014. In a lifetime pursuit to learning and mind-body rehabilitation, Kara graduated as a Licensed Massage Therapist from Lauterstein-Conway massage school in April 2015. In addition to massage therapy, Kara also works with the geriatric population, providing home health physical therapy to those who are not capable of seeking therapeutic reclamation outside of their homes.