ABOUT US

Meet Our Massage Therapists

Educated, licensed, and deeply passionate about what we offer

therapeutic sports massage

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

Jade Stevens

Jade Stevens, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

North Idaho Massage Academy right here in Sandpoint, Idaho & The Upledger Institute for Cranial Sacral Therapy, Portland, Oregon. Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist through Body Intelligence International

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

Kirsten Longmeier

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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Shawnn Carlson, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING ::

Inland Massage Institute, Spokane, WA, Certified Medical Massage
Practitioner through LMT Success Group

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?

Hmm, that’s a hard one to pin down. I’d say any muscle that crosses over
multiple joints fascinates me; just from the sheer biomechanics of it is remarkable. I’m going to
go with the Sartorius since it’s in that category and it’s the longest muscle of the body!

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Definitely depends on the season. Basically whatever activity
I can interpret the landscape with and draw inspiration from!

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Practicing being present is a big one for me since I can easily over think things
but I am my best self when I focus in on whatever it is I am doing to the best of my ability. It’s very satisfying when you achieve something with devout focus. Also, remind yourself to breathe,
drink water, and keep it moving!

License #: MAS-2894

Kim Batchelder

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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Ruby Courser, LMT

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

I graduated in 2020 from Lane Community College in their Massage Therapy program in Eugene, Oregon.

 CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I am currently very interested in the integration of breath work into my massage therapy practice and the immense healing effects breath can have on our nervous system. 

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

Deep to the gastrocnemius muscle, in the calf, lies the soleus muscle. I find the soleus incredibly interesting because it is known as the “second heart” of the body as it is critical for returning blood and lymphatic fluid back to the heart! It is also the muscle that pulls with the greatest force as it helps to keep the body upright and assist in walking, running, and (my favorite) dancing.

 

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Jumping in the lake on a hot summer day or under a full moon will forever be my favorite thing to do in Sandpoint. 

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Find what fills up your cup and invest your time into it. When all else fails, return to the breath. 

 

 

Renae Haug

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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Graham McLaren, LMT

Anne Baggenstoss

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, LMT

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-

 

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Lucia Coupal, LMT

REIKI TRAINING :: 

I studied at Texas Healing Arts Institute. I received my basic training in 2009 and also took the clinical massage therapy program. 

 CURRENT HEALTH STUDIES ::

I enjoy doing trigger point therapy. Over the years I have blended that with an intuitive approach.
I am interested in learning about visceral massage that focuses on providing relief for the organs.

FAVORITE MASSAGE?

I can say i have a favorite group! I enjoy working the neck region. So many delicate yet strong connections.

 

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

I enjoy many things here...the woods are serene and calming while the lake is refreshing and magical. I enjoy riding my bicycle around in the summer.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Hydration! Restorative practices such as gentle stretching and cultivating body awareness.

 

 

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

Are you trying to find an appropriate therapeutic bodywork technique that meets your needs? Our team of licensed massage therapists are dedicated to providing a high level of personal service. Our experienced massage therapists are adeptly educated and well-trained for the specific needs of our clients. With a strong regard for detail, we work with our clients to find the appropriate therapeutic bodywork technique that meets your needs. Some of the services we offer are restorative yoga, Thai massage, deep tissue therapy, pregnancy massage, and more. Massage and bodywork can help reduce pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fatigue. It is a highly regarded treatment for many different types of injuries as well. Massage therapy and maual therapy are also great for people who are recovering from surgery or experiencing chronic pathological conditions. As the body responds parasympathetically with massage and bodywork treatments, it releases hypertension and encourages adaptability and range of motion in the tissues. People who experience chronic pain from arthritis or back injuries find that massage therapy actually changes the way their brain perceives pain, creating healthier neuro-feedback.