Love Kristen's massages.... If you have an ache or a knot from tension, she will take care of it!
Kathleen Wilson Flickinger
Love Kristen's massages! Customized for what I need most. With metastatic breast cancer, I look forward to my massage every other week and believe it improves my mental and physical health.
Kathleen Ehritz Ruch
Total Health Massage Therapy
Kristen is not only an excellent massage therapist she is a positive person with a warm aura. It's a treat for both the body and mind :-))))) Megan Pultz
I have been going to Kristen's Total Health Massage Therapy for many years. I had polio and she has been helping me with leg massages and foot massage for my polio symptoms. She has successfully help eliminate many of the pain and sore muscles I have. Friendly, caring, and dedicated to helping relieve stress
Pamela Harding Faust
Thanks for the great job she did on my legs now I can walk again!!! After 3 Doctors & to Physical Therapy, One Masseuse did the job! Odiseas Draklellis
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I love this place!! I wish I could go more often! EXCELLENT!!
Elva Lissette Dantes
Kristen gives awesome massages. For any type of ache & pain you might have or knot that she finds before you get the ache and pains. The Lomi Lomi & Seashell massages are also great to experience. Kristen is a very nice person and you will enjoy her personality
Kristen Merkert is a PA licensed Massage Therapist with over 18 years experience. She started her education at Long Island University, Southampton College where she studied in the Friends World, Alternative Medicine Program learning all different forms of Alternative Healing. From there she transferred to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan and then finished her bodywork training at the San Diego, Ca campus. She studied over 1200 hours of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received a Massage Certificate there.
Kristen also holds a Cranial Sacral Certification from the John Upledger Institute, Florida and a certificate of completion from Health Options Institute, Pa for 60.5 hours of training in Orthopedic Neuromuscular Massage and 78 hours of training in Eastern and Western European Sports Massage.
Kristen started her careeer at a very high end wellness center, Mirabella Mansori, in downtown San Diego & Solana Beach where she was trained in many treatments using top-of-the-line products, such as, Lucrece, Yonka, Epicuren, Kneipp, Jurlique, Bach Flower, and Eminence.
She then moved back to PA to raise her family and partnered her business with Keystone Rehab for the last ten years where she worked four locations throughout the Lehigh Valley. She was fortunate enough to work closely with highly trained Physical Therapists where she continually learned and helped clients reach their optimum health goals.
Kristen is passionate about helping people achieve and maintain wellness. Her experience ranges from Iron Man Competers, weekend warriors, fibromyalgia sufferers, children on the Autistic Spectrum with sensory issues, Cancer fighters/survivors, plus many more.
She now resides at her home office in Whitehall, Pa where she books by appointment only.
I see Kristen on a weekly basis for a massage for my fibromyalgia. I can't say enough about how much she has helped me and has gotten me back to doing normal things that we all take for granted. Her massages have relieved so much discomfort I was experiencing for years. Fibro never goes away but can be controlled with the right treatment. Kristen's masssages are wonderful and relaxing as well as therapeutic. Thank you Kristen you have helped me so much and I highly recommend you to my friends... you are the best..
Sherry Henshaw Cornell
Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage. In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. The term "deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular musculoskeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with "deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.
ORTHOPEDIC NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY
Neuromuscular Therapy is a program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes by utilizing specific massage therapy, including the pressure of trigger points, to eliminate the causes of pain patterns. This approach brings about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It enhances the function of joints, muscles, and movement, and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers
Popularized in the United States by physiotherapist Eunice Inghram in the 1930s, this is an acupressure type technique performed on the hands and feet and is based on the ancient Oriental theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the body. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits and/or tenderness indicate a dysfunction, and pressure is applied to clear out congestion and restore normal functioning and health.
Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman's body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
Shiatsu, the most widely known form of acupressure, literally meaning "finger pressure" in Japanese, and has been practiced for more than a thousand years in Japan. Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure from 3 to 10 seconds on specific points along the body's meridians by using the fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy. A session my also include gentle stretching and range-of-motions manipulations. Shiatsu is used to treat pain and illness, to relax the body, and to maintain general health.
JIN SHIN JIUTSU
Designed to heal the body by harmonizing its flow of energy, Jin Shin Jitsu a non-massage form of shiatsu developed by Jiro Murai in Japan. It uses 26 pressure points termed energy locks where fatigue, tension, or illness can trap energy. By applying prolonged, gentle, manual pressing of these points or movements of the practitioner's hands over such areas without contact, the body and mind are brought into harmony.
Circulatory massage is the most common healing method used for enhancing the proper flow of blood through the entire body and providing relaxation to the various muscles. This massage relaxes the tensed muscles in the body and relieves the stress from the body thus improving the overall health of the person.
LOMI LOMI MASSAGE
Hawaiian for "rub rub," Lomilomi is a massage technique that's been handed down from ancient Hawaiian healers. Spiritual in nature, the technique was formalized by Hawaiian-born nurse, Margaret Machado. The strokes used are similar to the shiatsu technique of Japan but are gentler and shorter. Pressure with the fingers at certain points is also part of the technique, but it is of shorter duration than most acupressure. Two identifying techniques of authentic Lomilomi are the emphasis on spirit/body connection and the use of forearm and elbow as a massage tool.
This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.
Tuina Medical Massage from China: Requires six years of university in China to become a practitioner. One of the most remarkable healing techniques on the planet. Works with the pulses of the energy pathways known as meridians in Chinese medicine.
Craniosacral Therapy: Within the craniosacral system is the cerebrospinal fluid that moves in a slight but perceptible tide-like manner. Craniosacral therapists assist in facilitating change in areas of restriction where this tide-like motion is limited, confined, and immobilized. By using a gentle light touch, this fluid becomes more rhythmic and balanced, and thecentral nervous system is restored. Craniosacral therapy is helpful to those with nervous disorders, motor-coordination impairments, attention deficit disorders, insomnia, and other problems. Craniosacral therapy was originally developed in the early 1900's by an osteopath named William G. Sutherland and later refined and promoted by Dr. John Upledger.