About Solace Massage Therapy
noun 1. alleviation of distress or discomfort.
verb 2. the act of consoling in time of difficulty, grief or pain.
When I began thinking about names for my massage practice, time and time again I kept coming back to the word “solace.” I like that it means to bring comfort because that is exactly what I strive to do with every person that I am fortunate to work with.
Each session is as individual as each person I see. Some people are looking for relief from pain stemming from injuries, chronic pain, headaches and the like. Some want a massage for relaxation. Some come to me seeking CranioSacral Therapy and the healing that can occur from headaches, vertigo, fibromyalgia, and other symptoms. And, some come seeking Reiki healing on all levels…mind, body and spirit.
Whatever your reason for choosing me as your therapist, I am committed to providing you with the best session I can offer.
My journey into the world of massage began when I was about eight years old. My father, a factory worker, would often come home complaining of pain in his legs and feet. Not liking to see anyone in pain, I would offer to rub his feet. He never failed to tell me how strong my hands were and one day told me that I should be a masseuse when I grew up. At that time I didn’t know what a masseuse or a massage therapist was, but I did know that I loved being able to help him and found great joy in knowing that my little hands helped to take his pain away.
As I grew older I worked on my friends and other family members whenever they had a nagging ache and began to consider that this was perhaps, my life’s purpose. I began looking into going to massage school, but seemed to never have the time or money to invest in my education.
Fast-forward many years…while working in the advertising field, a co-worker introduced me to Reiki, an energy modality that helps relieve pain and promote healing. After receiving a treatment from her, I began taking classes and became a Reiki Master in 2005. Once I began working on friends and family using Reiki, I realized that serving others in this capacity was, indeed, my life’s path. So, at the age of 38, I enrolled at the Louisville School of Massage in Louisville, KY, graduated in 2007 and became nationally certified and licensed in the Spring of 2008. In the Fall of 2008 I began working as a massage therapist and have enjoyed every moment since. Actually, I don’t consider massage therapy “work.” It is a gift. A vocation. And I look forward to each and every day.
To me, each client is a special individual. I am honored and humbled that they have chosen me to work with them to alleviate their pain. I specialize in deep, therapeutic massage, trigger point work, myofascial release, and Reiki healing. I have taken many continuing education classes to further explore the different healing modalities which include, Massage for Migraines, Abdominal Massage, and Myofacial Release. I have completed several courses in CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute as well as the Craniosacral Therapy Alliance.
I have worked with people from all walks of life, with all different situations; mothers-to-be needing pregnancy massage, migraine sufferers, accident victims, people who suffer from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and those just needing to relax and relieve the day to day stress in their lives.
I am so thankful each day to be doing something that I love to do. I strive to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for each person so that they may receive the best therapy I can offer.
Kim Guenthner, LMT