Kristine Karpinski (Kris) 

Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Doula, BA
Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist
Sound Healing & Energy Work Practitioner
Yoga Teacher & Therapist, Natural Health Practitioner

An avid learner with an extremely curious spirit, I have collectively trained in, practiced and taught various healing modalities, body-centered therapies and movement methods for over 30 years.  Starting at a young age in dance, drama and music, I went on to study psychology and theatre in university, and developed a lifelong passion for somatic, holistic and expressive art approaches.  I have a keen interest in the meeting point of science and art/spirit - and search for those intersections in all that I offer.

I hold certifications in many different methods of Bodywork, Yoga, Conscious Dance, Somatic Movement, Energy Healing, Doula Care, Natural Health, Sound Healing, Nature Therapies and Wisdom Traditions.  I've been in full-time private practice for over 25 years, and have taught and assisted programs in numerous places, including the Ottawa Theatre School, Kripalu, Leven Institute, Spirit Fire, Rama Lotus, Prana Shanti, Galilee Retreat, Movement Arts Ottawa and the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences. 

I have a strong creative streak, and love to develop new programs.  I owned and operated a busy Wellness Centre (The Clinic Upstairs), for over a decade, established The Doula Care Community and co-created the Whole Family Centre.  I was a caretaker for Tapestry House - a space for caregivers, and repeatedly organized the Self Care Health Fair there for a number of years.  I'm always up for a new project and have been involved in many collaborations.  I live to learn and love to inspire others to do the same!

Memberships & Associations:
CMTO - College of Massage Therapists of Ontario       RMTAO - Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario
YA - Yoga Alliance (E-500hr, RPYT, YACEP)       IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists