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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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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Lyndy Birch, LMT & Clinical Herbalist

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

I studied at Bastyr University, receiving my bachelors in Herbal Sciences in 2015. My education involved in-depth studies of human and botanical anatomy and physiology and how they work together, synergistically, for optimal health and healing. After graduation I received my massage therapy license through Bastyr and Bellevue Massage, beginning my journey of eclectic therapeutics.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

My current studies and passions are in Mayan Abdominal Massage, corrective injury and alignment therapy, deep tissue, facial release, and Ashiatsu
barefoot massage.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

The classically known Trapezius, it is often not known how large this muscle is, originating from the base of the skull and all along the 12 thoracic vertebrae and attaching to the clavicle and scapula. In my experience this is the first layer of trigger point playing field to release large areas of tension in the neck, shoulders, and back- aka- universal
stress release so the body can relax for deeper work.

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

I grew up enjoying the lakes and forests of Priest Lake and slopes of Schweitzer. They are still as beautiful as ever and I continue to explore them in all seasons.  Other than exploring nature, I really enjoy treasure hunting in the local Sandpoint antique stores!

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

I believe in Holistic wellness, being conscious, care of the whole; mind, spirit and soul. For our body, we must move and breath; for our mind, we must think through our hearts; for our spirit, we should live outside our element each day; for our soul, we must with nature. As a whole we listen to ourselves.

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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Kerrie Gaffney, LMT, RN

MASSAGE TRAINING :: 

I received my massage education through the Institute of Business & Medical Careers in Colorado 10 years ago. Since then, I have added a yoga certification and a nursing degree to my healthcare tool box. I consider myself to have a well-rounded approach to helping people increase their knowledge base while finding lasting results through the power of medical massage treatments.

CURRENT BODYWORK STUDIES ::

I am going back over my anatomy knowledge currently and will be taking a continuing education class later this year.

FAVORITE MUSCLE?

The subscapularis! Nestled in between your shoulder blade and your rib cage hides this amazing shoulder girdle support. It covers the entire posterior side of your scapula! Whether you are having headaches, persistent neck tension or shoulder discomfort- a relaxed subscapularis is an often forgotten culprit. 

FAVORITE THING TO DO IN SANDPOINT?

Take my pups and kiddo on the off leash trails to get muddy and happy.

BEST SELF-CARE ADVICE ::

Never underestimate the profound effect of a deep breath and a stretch when it comes to healing yourself and the tension you are harboring.

License #: MT 0010882

 

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