Kristin Lash, LMT
Specializing in deep, therapeutic massage with an emphasis on diaphragmatic breath, Kristin believes strongly in cultivating an initial sense of relaxation to bring forth intentional and effective release.
To her sessions, she also brings an athletic awareness as an avid runner who has worked through her own related injuries.
Coupled with an advanced certification in prenatal, labor support and postpartum massage and strain-counterstrain techniques, she specializes in hip/lower body release work and has worked with a diverse range of clients from professional and elite athletes to creatives and academics.
Kristin has been practicing massage full-time in the Boston area since graduating from Cortiva in 2009 working in both the health and fitness industry as well as with new and expecting mothers.
In the past, Kristin has volunteered massage therapy sessions at the Boston Living Center and within the rehabilitation, antepartum and NICU units of Boston Medical Center. Prior to her massage training,Kristin worked in nonprofit communications and enjoyed a career as a book publicist. She holds a BA in Communications, Journalism with a minor in Gender Studies from Loyola University of Maryland.
When asked how she came to massage therapy as a profession, Kristin reports "When I left my job as a book publicist (for a number of reasons), my biggest desire was to just feel connected to people again. I was connected via phone, email, etc. to my clients, but I always felt like I was giving them what they wanted, but didn't necessarily need; and, even when I landed a huge media hit, they never seemed to really be satisfied with their own success. It didn't feed or nourish them and often left them needing more. As I tried to determine what my next steps would be, I took a part-time job at an Aveda close to my condo. I really don't like being idle and just wanted to be around people. Each time someone came in for a massage, I was struck by how they looked, spoke, moved and carried themselves in a new way after their session. There were a number of other things that I was looking at - teaching, nursing school - but I felt really drawn to massage and wanting to have some positive affect on a person's life. "
For five years and counting, Kristin has been a dog-mom to a bully-breed rescue named Bam-Bam who lives up to his name in the onomatopoetic sense.
"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all the 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 judgment, 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."