ABOUT US

Meet Our Therapists

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Kirsten Longmeier, LMT and Owner

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

The Sunshine Network for Traditional Thai Yoga Massage in Thailand was my introduction to bodywork in 2006. I later graduated from Oregon School of Massage in 2010. I've been in the Advanced Myofascial Trainings program with Til Luchau since 2015.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I'm focusing on finishing up a certification, Advanced Myofascial Techniques. Currently in the midst of taking all of Carol Gray's CranioSacral Trainings in Portland, Oregon. I have completed her Advanced Clinical CranioSacral trainings and Somato Emotional Release course. Infant CranioSacral training coming up in June!

Liz Koch's 5-Week Psoas Course was a wonderful online training I just completed as well!

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

Hmm...they're all so interesting in their own respect. I've been doing a lot of intra-oral TMJ work and although this is a joint (not a muscle) there are a lot of adjoining muscles in this area that can also be addressed. And of course, the Psoas. There's not enough space here to describe how cool this sensory organ/muscle is!

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Trail runs on Syringa or the Bay View trail, lunch at City Beach Organics, swimming in the lake, and running into friends virtually every place I go- I love how small Sandpoint is!

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Find time to be STILL every day, even just for a minute to take in your breath, your environment, your inner world. And,

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude...

License #: MAS-2400

 

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Gina Garvin, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

I graduated in 2009 from Arizona School of Massage Therapy in Tempe, AZ.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I’m currently taking a course studying human movement through the Brookbush Institute of Human Science.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

There are so many! The glutes are great muscles to work since they are an important connection from the lower body to the upper body, that affect our movement and posture.

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Soak in the beauty and nature. Hiking and biking with my family, and I can’t wait to get the kayak on the water!

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Make time for the things that make you happy and healthy!

License #: MAS-3672

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Jade Stevens, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

North Idaho Massage Academy right here in Sandpoint, Idaho & The Upledger Institute for Cranial Sacral Therapy, Portland, Oregon

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I'm carrying on the journey of studying Cranial Sacral Therapy because the results continue to amaze me!

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

The amazing Psoas! Held deep within our core of the body the Psoas is the first muscle to develop in utero. The muscle memory of it's tissues tends to have profound effects. Working on this muscle can relieve chronic pain and offer insights and further understanding. 

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Going outside! Being in nature and immersed in our bountiful, outdoor community is what lured me to Sandpoint and what continues to inspire me.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE?

Breathe deeply, the breath is our life force. Laugh until your Rectus Abdominus aches! And give many, many hugs...

License #: MAS-3788

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Della Smith, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

Colorado Springs Academy of Therapeutic Massage was the first and best training back in 1996. I have also attended and received certification from Montgomery School of Bodywork and Massage. I have had the time and space to learn many techniques in my 20+ years in this field.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I currently have a deep passion for somatic healing through one's inner guide, using sound, movement and inner knowing. Also most recently, I have been turned on to cranio sacral work and am pursuing a study.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

I don't have a favorite muscle right now. I have, throughout the years, had the pleasure of exploring favorites, but now I am interested in the whole body- to include the amazing being that lives there.

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

By far, without a doubt, in the heat of the summer letting my skin dive into the cool waters of our beautiful lake.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Deep, full belly breathing, with a very long Savasana under your favorite tree or softest rug.

License #: MAS-

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Chelsea Burnett, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

In a large collage town, I attended Rexburg College of Massage Therapy and shorty after school I started working side by side with Chiropractors and Physical Therapists. There I learned the art of Cupping Therapy, Sports and Medical Massage, Kinesio Taping and Graston Scraping to help my clients receive the ultimate experience of healing.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

Right now I am adapting my bodywork into more of a functional movement massage style helping clients regain their range of motion.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

The Iliopsoas

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Paddle board around the local creeks and soak up the sun.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Release common upper back pain by keeping shoulder back, chin in line with sternum and eyes up. Then stretch your pectorals to release upper back.

License #: MAS-2894

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Kim Batchelder, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

North Idaho Massage Academy right here in Sandpoint, Idaho & The Upledger Institute for Cranial Sacral Therapy, Portland, Oregon

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES :: 

I am continuing in the Upledger Cranial Sacral Training while also exploring the mysteries of fascia and alignment. I am a problem solver, so the kinetic chain
and interrelated systems and structures of the body keep me fascinated and exploring ways to help people feel more joyfully embodied.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

This feels like a “Sophie’s Choice” question! Particularly interested in the
trapezius lately as this one tries to carry the weight of the world and seems to need extra love. But the glutes always have my heart as they move us forward and if we are not moving forward we are stuck.

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Well, I’m a nature lover, always love getting outside with my dog, with my family, with friends. Also love making artisan bread.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE?

A consistent yoga practice. Movement and Breath are the foundations of life. Be kind to yourself, be kind. Get a Massage!

License #: MAS-3966

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Renae Haug, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

North Idaho Massage Academy here in Sandpoint!

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I enjoy taking my experiences with clients to expand my knowledge of the body. Hearing people's stories of injuries, discomforts or non ideal body movement function intrigues me to delve into researching what they maybe experiencing. This tends to be digging deep into textbooks, talking with fellow colleagues or other bodywork professionals or some online research.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

Currently my favorite muscles are the pectorales. These classically tight muscles when given a little pressure or stretch can do wonders to our posture & knotty upper shoulders! And the psoas!

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

I love hiking around the local trails & in the mountains. The natural beauty of this place inspires me everyday! If I can, I try and catch a beautiful sunrise over the Cabinets or a sunset over the Selkirks.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Take some time to reflect, be present & dream everyday (or at least one of those per day). And move your body in a way that feels good as much as possible. 

License #: MAS-3494

 

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Maia Gaddess, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

I graduated from North Idaho Massage Academy in 2019, a one-year course that covered different modalities and delivered a comprehensive education of the human body. 

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I am always reading and reviewing my literature and anatomy books. I gravitate towards the theories of reflexology, myofascial techniques, and deep tissue therapy. Looking forward to continuing education!

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

Th I've been really into the SCALENES lately! This tiny but powerful muscle group attach to your neck AND your ribs, helping you to breathe, turn your neck and head, can be major players in migraines/headaches and TMJ pain, and secretly contribute to upper back of neck and shoulder pain. I also want to give a shout out to the mighty ankle joint! It has arguably the most proprioceptors of any joint in the body, giving us balance and stability while walking (even blindly).

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Running the Syringa Heights trails, taking daily dips in our beautiful lake, and sipping a cold Mick Duffs beer in the sunshine.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Get up and move. Walk, skip, hop around the block- get your blood moving! This gives fresh perspectives, washes away anxiety, and gives you a better night’s sleep. Oh, also get plenty of sleep! That is when we do our most restorative work!

License #: MAS-3945

 

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Anne Baggenstoss, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

I graduated from Santa Fe School of Massage in New Mexico.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I'm currently enrolled in a long-term study of CranioSacral Therapy with Hugh Milne's Institute of Visionary CranioSacral Work.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

The diaphragm! Breathwork has been with me longer than bodywork - and I absolutely love the breathing mechanism of our body. I believe the movement of conscious breath and a relaxed and toned diaphragm can alleviate many mental and emotional stressors.

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Soak in the fresh air, walk amidst the forest and be near that beautiful lake!

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Maintain a healthy mental dialogue with yourself. Remember! You are whole, beautiful, unique, and DEFINITELY enough. And of course... connect to your breath!

License #: MAS-4283

 

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Pearl Faux

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

North Idaho Massage Academy in beautiful Sandpoint, ID!

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I'm eager to absorb everything relating to bodywork, health and healing through continuing education classes, articles and applications.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

The one I"m working on in the moment- connecting with the tissue and all it's unique intricacies.

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Anything active and out in nature...yoga, dance, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, you name it! Jiu Jitsu is my new found love!

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Be fully present in each precious moment. What a gift it is when we can slow down enough to just be. Connecting mind, body and spirit through meditation, movement, breath and intention.

License #: MAS-

 

"If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?"