Bio

A little about your massage therapist…

From an early age, Karen Rasmussen felt compelled to do healing work. A genuine love and ever-growing passion for her career are evident when Karen performs bodywork on her clients. Karen not only enjoys what she does but she feels blessed that she can offer therapeutic massage and bodywork as her contribution to this vibrant and special community.

“It’s very gratifying at the end of the day when you know you’ve helped someone feel and function better,” Karen explained. “When physical and mental well-being are achieved everything else in life seems to fall into place a bit easier.”

Karen also loves that there is always an opportunity for continued education in her field of work. “To be an eternal student of massage, bodywork and other healing modalities,” Karen said, “allows me to offer my clients the most advanced and suitable treatment options, while keeping my job very exciting and aiding in my personal evolution.”

Karen’s passions are as diverse as her myriad clientele. She loves hiking and exploring with her dog Kaya, camping, canoeing, floating rivers, soaking in hot springs, receiving massage and bodywork, snowboarding and cross country skiing, reading and cooking, sharing time with friends and family and traveling whenever she can.

Karen has more than 2,000 hours of therapeutic massage and bodywork training and ten years of hands-on experience. She feels passionately that therapeutic touch is one of life’s greatest gifts. Therapeutic massage and bodywork is beneficial for the body on multiple levels. Many of Karen’s clients reap the benefits of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healing from her work.

While Karen’s healing touch is capable of achieving many impressive accomplishments and breakthroughs, it’s up to you to decide what you’d like or need to work on.

Professional background…

Karen has been practicing bodywork since 1999. She has lived in Jackson Hole and has been serving the valley's locals and visitors since 2004.

Before settling down in Jackson Hole, Karen spent one year in the valley in 1997. She fell in love with the area’s scenic vistas and approachable residents, as most people do, and decided that after her education was complete, she would like to settle down there one day.

From Wyoming, Karen attended the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona for a one-year program of Zen Shiatsu and graduated in 1999. There she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zen Shiatsu bodywork, based on moving the flow of energy to create optimal health. After graduation, Karen moved back to the Chicago area where she grew up. She wanted more of a Western understanding of the human anatomy and physiology, so she went back to school at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and graduated with a massage diploma in 2002. After living and working in the Chicagoland area, Karen decided it was time to return to where she left her heart in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Upon her move back to Jackson Hole, Karen worked at some of the most respected spas in the valley and also had her office at one of the best local fitness centers in town. After living in the valley for several years, Karen felt she wanted to know more about the plethora of injuries that she saw on her table. So, she recently was certified as an orthopedic massage therapist. This gives her a more scientific understanding of the human anatomy and how to adequately and proficiently heal her clients. Karen continues her studies in orthopedic work and muscle testing. Every year she attends class to further her knowledge and ignite a deeper passion for massage and bodywork.
 
Karen’s clients run the gamut of ages, including children and infants. She is also the preferred massage therapist for several celebrities and professional athletes. But no matter what hat you wear in this interesting life, Karen treats all of her clients with the same respect and performs her work with the utmost integrity.

Whether you live in Jackson Hole or you're just passing through for a visit, you will receive an unprecedented level of service that equates to the best massage experience possible!

 


“Service is the act of doing what you love for the sake of loving it. This is the highest work you can do in the world. Service is the divine multiplier. When you perform an act of genuine service, giving of your time, energy, and resources as an act of love, the universe will multiply what you  do and reward you with greater results than expected.”

~ Iyanla Vanzant