Massage & Healing Touch is a private massage practice located in the Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town area on the east side of Manhattan. Owned by Karen Weston, Massage & Healing Touch specializes in women's health. Karen enjoys working with women from all walks of life and in various stages in their life cycle. Seniors with their age-related problems are welcome to her practice as well as anyone wishing a relaxing or therapeutic massage to reduce muscular pain and overall stress. Karen believes that healing the body is a team effort and encourages her clients to seek additional complementary and alternative forms of therapy as well as traditional medicine.
Karen is a 1999 graduate of The Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy and Allied Health Sciences in New York City, was licensed by the State of New York and was Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is a Professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Maya Abdominal Massage Association. In the years since she was licensed, Karen has studied many different modalities and has worked with a wide range of clients, from the generally healthy, to those recovering from illness or injury, to the very ill. Besides her private practice Karen worked for several years as the massage therapist for pregnant women who were on bedrest at Mount Sinai Hospital. Since 2006 to the present she has been treating breast cancer patients in the Massage Therapy Program at Mount Sinai Chelsea Cancer Center. Along with other modalities, Karen likes to use energy work and has studied both Reiki and Esoteric Healing. These are systems that bring balance and harmony to the energy fields of the body. It allows the person to experience a healing modality that calms the emotions and mind and helps to heal the Physical body.
In addition, Karen was a volunteer with the massage therapy program at the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Presently she volunteers her time as a doula to palliative care and hospice patients at the same facility.
"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all 0f a client’s stories in our hands. We witness someone’s experience of their own flesh, through some of the most powerful means possible: the contact of our hands, the acceptance of the body without judgement, and the occasional listening ear. With these gestures we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another person’s legend. In massage therapy, we show up and ask, in so many ways, what it is like to be another human being. In doing so, we build a bridge that may heal us both."
~ Tracy Walton, A researcher, writer, award winning educator and specialist in massage therapy and cancer care.