"My favorite part of the Partner Massage Playshop was learning
to use my feet to give massage! I’m excited to try my new skills with my family and I want to practice asking permission for touch with my children.”
~Louise Omoto Kessel, Director, Clapping Hands Farm
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120 minutes - $140
MAY YOU BE IN LOVE with and at ease in your unique and resilient body.
Respectful, caring touch is essential to healthy human life and development. Along with herbalism, massage is among the oldest of all human healing traditions, practiced by cultures around the world.
After our session you may feel: deeply relaxed and nourished, slowed down yet awake, at peace, heard and respected, expansive, lighter, and grounded. Other benefits include increased body awareness, stress reduction, relief from muscular tension and spasm, and improved circulation and energy flow.
I grew up in a family that shared lots of healthy hugs and exchanged frequent shoulder and neck massages, encouraging my innate healing touch from an early age. I also experienced the pain and confusion of non-consensual touch as an adolescent, and receiving professional massage and polarity therapy played a huge role in my adult healing journey. The miraculous experience of providing massage to my sister during her 36-hour labor was the final catalyst for beginning my professional bodywork training, the very next month.
Since graduating from the Body Therapy Institute in 2003, I have studied and incorporated additional healing modalities, including five years of Polarity Therapy training, the year-long Mind Body Spirit Yoga teacher training, and introductions to Reflexology and Thai Massage.
It is my joy to share the time-honored healing benefits of bodywork and energy work directly with individual clients and as a facilitator of group learning experiences.
I believe in each person’s innate self-healing ability. I am honored to support you in connecting more fully to the natural wisdom, wholeness, and health of your body. My compassion, respect, and delight in all people is evident in every one-of-a-kind session or workshop.
Currently all my sessions are cloths-on. Depending on your needs and intentions, clients can choose between two styles of session: polarity therapy on the table or barefoot bodywork blended with polarity therapy on the floor (read below for more details on each modality). Our time together can also include: yoga exercises for home and office, affirmation card creation, stress reduction skills, breathing exercises, sound, identifying additional self-care resources, goal setting, or simply resting and receiving.
I see clients for integrative bodywork at the historic Nooe House in downtown Pittsboro, 224 East Street, Suite G. Payment installments are available to support affordability. Cash and check are the preferred methods of payment.
I primarily offer 75 and 90-minute sessions for $85 and $100, respectively. Each session includes about 10 minutes to: review your health history and observe your current state of being prior to hands-on work, and a brief check-in afterward to assist with integration. I have found that a 60-minute session meets the needs of teenaged clients; cost is $75.
with a friend, spouse, family member, or partner
In the coziness of my beautiful treatment space, learn how to easily give a relaxing massage. I will guide you and a friend through giving and receiving nourishing touch, personally tailored to your needs. Receivers are fully clothed and resting comfortably on a mat on the floor (which is easily recreated at home). 2 hours recommended minimum length. Couple goes home with written massage flow to consult for ongoing practice. Great gifting idea for mothers and fathers day, birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations! Contact Kim for scheduling. Purchase online gift certificate in top right corner of this page.
I offer community workshops on massage and polarity therapy for participants of many ages. In a Partner Massage Playshop, I guide partners through giving and receiving an easy, therapeutic, fully-clothed massage. Receivers lie comfortably on blankets on the floor, while givers use healthy body mechanics to rock, stretch and compress their partner. Participants go home with tools for sharing the healing art of massage with other friends & family.
Playshops usually last 2.5 hours, and people sign up with a friend, family member or significant other. We review communication skills for giving and receiving touch and usually warm up with a brief partner yoga sequence. Currently offered around Valentine's Day, check my events page for the next playshop. Contact me if you would like to organize your own Partner Massage Playshop for your group or family.
With my feet I can easily share as much pressure as folks wish while they rest fully clothed on a cushioned mat on the treatment room floor. Compression and rocking can be delivered with broad or focused pressure depending on which part of my foot I am using and where it is meeting your body. Passive stretches are woven in as appropriate and can feel like receiving an enlivining yoga pose. Drawing from Thai massage, Shiatsu, Trager, and Polarity Therapy, it's a very grounding, relaxing, and organic modality to receive. See more pictures of this modality here.
“Kim’s Barefoot Body Massage (especially if it’s outside on the ground) is particularly satisfying because it allows yoga-like extensions and stretches that are difficult on a massage table, and because Kim gets to use the strength of her lower body to apply pressure and leverage in a very different way than traditional massage allows. As a big man I like the full expanse of a wide surface to lie on. Plus, Barefoot Body Massage has a playful aspect to it and I notice that it makes me laugh a lot. Sometimes I feel like a balloon at the end of Kim’s hands and feet, being prodded, twisted, stretched, cradled and finally gently released, more pliable, slower, aware.” ~Gary
Polarity Therapy is the art and science of balancing the natural, electromagnetic energy, which is the foundation for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves.
As a Polarity Therapist, I view the flow and balance of energy in the body as a foundation of good health. The human energy field can become blocked or imbalanced by everyday stress and various forms of unresolved trauma. In a typical Polarity Therapy session, I work together with clients to address physical, mental and emotional energy blocks by creating a safe and supportive environment. In this holistic approach, I blend therapeutic touch, movement exercises, and dialogue that facilitates self-awareness and the building of internal resources.
Polarity Therapy works with a client’s natural self-healing abilities to harmonize the energies of the body. No oil or removal of the clothing is required for this sometimes subtle yet profound process. This transformational healing system is complete in itself as well as easily combined with my barefoot body massage.
The results of Polarity Therapy sessions vary, and may include: profound relaxation; increased body awareness; greater clarity, openness, and creativity; plus relief from specific health challenges (ie, anxiety attacks and breathing difficulties).
"I experienced deep states of relaxation, awesome and beautiful visions, new awareness, energetic shifts, and emotional emptying and relief. At the end of the session I felt like I had a new body with which to feel, perceive, and interact with the world in a different way." ~Anonymous Polarity Therapy client
“My favorite part of the Partner Massage Playshop was learning to use my feet to give massage! I’m excited to try my new skills with my family and I want to practice asking permission for touch with my children.” ~Louise Omoto Kessel, Director, Clapping Hands Farm
"Hi Kim, Thanks for the wonderful Valentine's Partner workshop! My partner Zack and I really enjoyed it. I thought using our feet and more of our body to massage was insightful- I have carpal tunnel so it is usually hard for me to give massage to loved ones because it hurts my hand/wrist/arm, so this was a great way for me to be able to give without having any pain. I can use what we learned at home for sure. Also grateful to receive the foot massage all the way up my arm which alleviates some of my pain there! Now Zack knows how to help me with that!" ~Tina
“As I prepared for and recovered from surgery, Kim's healing touch and positive energy helped me to reduce the tension I was holding. Her holistic approach and genuine concern for her clients is inspiring.” ~Margaret Barrett
“What a joy and comfort to be in Kim Calhoun’s loving and capable hands!” ~Cynthia Crossen
"I have good news--I'm pregnant! I really believe the relaxation I received from your treatment played a part. Thank you! What a gift!" ~Melinda Harder
“Kim is a massage and polarity therapist of great sensitivity and warmth. I am working with her to overcome the painful effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kim’s calm reassuring presence creates a sanctuary of acceptance where it is safe for me to face some of my most deeply personal issues.” ~Anonymous
“Throughout my pregnancy, the work that Kim and I have done together has supported my mental and physical wellness during this permanently life-altering experience. Kim is a true healer--she listens to me, honors what my baby and I are going through, and suggests techniques that I use between sessions to manage stress. Most importantly, she brings the gifts of unwavering presence and unconditional caring to every session. I will keep these gifts in the place where my most sacred learnings are kept, knowing that sharing this journey with Kim has made me a better mom and human being." ~Liana, first-time mother to Margo
"This session was a powerful and significant step in my journey of healing. I had intense and challenging emotions/energy arise around issues of my relationships with others and my relationship to myself. Kim guided and grounded me through states of confusion, anger, frustration, and grief. She did this with guided mindfulness, encouragement of verbalization, work with movement, releasing of energy through sound, and completion of the session with stabilizing/integrating table work. To have had Kim's steady and strong, wise and loving presence as a witness to this experience is very meaningful to me. I am grateful." ~Anonymous