Kirsten DeLuca, NCMT
I enjoy providing therapeutic deep tissue massage, sports massage, pre-natal and post-partum massage, relaxation massage and hot stones massage, and I specialize in focused clinical massage for the relief of chronic or acute musculoskeletal conditions. I have supported the healing processes of clients with a wide range of health conditions including pregnancy, cancer, hip replacement surgery, migraines, car accidents, thoracic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain/stiffness in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, legs and feet. I also specialize in full-body relaxation treatments.
In 2011, I graduated from a 700-hour training program in relaxation and therapeutic massage through Touchstone Healing Arts. I went on to receive my national certification in massage therapy. Before turning my attention fully to my private practice, I was employed for several years by two local chiropractors, Onion River Chiropractic and Cedarwood Chiropractic. I also hold a B.A. in education from Brown University. I believe strongly in professional development and ongoing continuing education; I’ve been certified in Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, Hot Stones Massage, Myofascial Release Massage, Advanced Deep Tissue Massage and Pre-natal and Post-partum Massage. Based on the needs or requests of each client, I tailor each session to that client by blending a range of modalities including, including Relaxation, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Active Release, Passive Positional Release, Hot Stones, Thai Yoga, Myofascial Release, Proprioceptive Nueromuscular Facilitation, Structural Integration, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Hydrotherapy. I continually learn new techniques to better serve my clients’ diverse needs.
I am, by nature, a warm and intuitive person, with a curious scientific mind. These qualities allow me to skillfully tailor each session to the unique needs of an individual’s mind, body and spirit. I believe that every massage is an opportunity to experience pleasure, tension relief, pain reduction and self-awareness. A massage with me can be a gentle flowing session that puts you into a deep state of full-body relaxation OR a communicative working session where we improve specific problem areas using therapeutic stretching and deep tissue techniques OR a session that combines all of the above! I use my knowledge and creativity to maximize the health benefits that you receive with each treatment.
I love people, communication, and practically every kind of bodywork and movement. These passions, as well as my longstanding yoga and meditation practices inform my ever-growing awareness of the complex and beautiful ways our minds and bodies are connected. In particular, my own experience healing from chronic pain issues has given me insight into the unique struggles some of us face un-learning habitual movement and tension patterns that no longer serve us. I have first-hand experience with the body’s extraordinary ability to heal and change, especially when patience and attention are brought to the process. I believe that we all have the capacity for great joy, liberation and health within us. I feel privileged to help others along their healing journeys.
I live in Burlington, VT with my son Leif and my husband Victor, a pianist and piano teacher. I enjoy music, art, conversation, friends and family, hiking, kayaking, whole foods, literature and poetry, gardening, learning new things, and savoring life itself!