Lighthouse Healing Massage Therapy was born out of necessity. Kara needed a more focused opportunity to help people heal, outside of the confines of a conventional business like a spa or gym.
She believes that the body has infinite wisdom and has the ability to heal itself. It just needs a little guidance, a little space and time, and an occasional nudging. Kara helps facilitate healing by “nudging” the body through massage and other healing modalities, as needed. Each client is treated as a whole person, not just a sore back or a frozen shoulder, and healing is facilitated for the body, mind and spirit.
Kara is the founder of Lighthouse Healing. Having graduated in 2002 from the Swedish Institute in New York, she now practices massage in Madison, WI. Kara is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, having studied with the International Loving Touch Foundation, and she is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals organization. Most recently, she became a Certified Yomassage Therapist.
In addition to her private massage practice, Kara has worked with the NYC Marathon, Maternal Massage and More, Equinox Fitness Center, Mommy, Music and Me, The Ronald McDonald House, The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and ANiU Salon and Spa.
Kara has studied herbalism with Kathy Eich, Linda Conroy, and Kathleen Wildwood. She has studied shamanic healing with Kathy Eich, Debra Morrill and is currently training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. She is also a member of Shamanism Without Borders.
Kara is a former instructor in the Therapeutic Massage Therapy programs at Globe University in Middleton, and MATC in Madison. She also teaches infant massage classes to moms and dads!
Kara’s interest in massage began in 1999, when her husband became ill with a gastrointestinal condition called Crohn’s disease. Instinctively, Kara turned to massage to help him with pain management. Without any formal training, she relied on a healthy dose of intuition, love and a clear intention to assist with healing. In doing so she found her calling.
Kara continues to work with clients that suffer from chronic health conditions. She also specializes in working with pregnant women and survivors of abuse.
Since 2006, Kara has called Madison home.
In that time she has expanded her practice to fulfill the needs of her new community. She has donated her time and talents as a founding member of the Madison Postpartum Collective, and Be Well Community Collective (formerly known as MAWC).
Kara continues to support her community by being involved with The Neighborhood House Community Center, and the The Preeclampsia Foundation.