When you need to "do the work" and that's less of a deep emotional reckoning and more like getting over the phone-fear to call the dentist... here's my top 5 self-care things that suck to do, but have the best return on investment I've ever seen!
THIS is not a luxury. This is not a treat. This is not a "save for a special occasion" kind of thing. This is coming home. This is medicine for your heart, mind, body and spirit.
One of my biggest struggles when I began to pay attention to my body, my diet, my habits and really becoming more self-aware was knowing where to begin. in 2014, going to my physician for excruciating stomach pain every time I ate ended with a recommendation for a pharmaceutical and "maybe you can try changing your diet. might help." My chronic back pain that began in 2008 was still flaring. I had little energy and severe depression. All of that is SO MUCH that it was hard to determine the first step to taking care of myself. My method of healing did not align with the traditional medical system in this country because I had lost my faith in it. Sometimes the most profound healing happens outside of doctors offices, sometimes it happens in them. It's all about where you place your belief and trusting your intuition on how to best take care of yourself and heal.
I've created a Self-Care Treatment Plan questionnaire and consultation process to really dig into what is going on with your mind, body and spirit and develop a plan for your self-care practice. Most physical and emotional health concerns can be prevented if we build positive habits and practices and strength in our immune systems and mental health. I LOVE THIS STUFF! Daily practices, to-do lists of all the things that make you feel AWESOME, discovering your favorite foods and why they're good for you, establishing a routine that says "my body is important to me." Because when we do all of that... when we do the work... that's when we are able to love and serve others unconditionally with more energy, compassion and fire for life!
This COMPLIMENTARY questionnaire, phone call/facetime and report are designed so help you see the possibilities of healing options including my services as well as other practitioners in New York City that do things that I can't (yet)-- like acupuncture, restorative yoga and herbal tinctures. There is NO obligation to invest in bodywork after doing this BUT if you decide you want to, you will receive $30 off your first healing session!
Ready to check it out?
In Home Visits
Do you do them? What do I need to know?
Since I began doing this work, I have dreamed of and finally achieved creating a beautiful space in my own home that is nurturing, relaxing and just a perfect place to do healing work. I also enjoy working out of an office to have safe boundaries for meeting new clients and to meet other practitioners. My current office is downstairs at the Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar which is an amazing space and resource where I've met awesome healers!
A small portion of my practice is dedicated to in-home sessions for those who need a different option. These sessions are a significantly larger investment to recreate the space I have cultivated over years of being a massage therapist and healing arts practitioner in your home instead of mine. These in-home sessions are reserved for post-partum clients, those who have mobility difficulties, and clients who simply cannot continue coming to my office. I am unable to do in-home visits for new clients unless they've been seen in the office regularly for a period of time.
Alright, this is something I NEED! What's next?
What I need from you:
- A space or room that's around 6' x' 9'-- large enough to fit a 5' x 7' mat and room to walk around all sides
- Access to your wifi + speakers or sound system if you have them
- Queen or Full sized sheets
- 3-5 Pillows
- A blanket
- A Thai Mat, futon mattress, or something similar
- Access to a power outlet
I love using my PolyFoam Thai Massage Mat from Sun + Moon Originals. It folds up to about 2' x 4' x 1' so it's not the smallest thing to store but when you lay on it, it feels like you're on a cloud. You can't feel the floor despite it only being 2" thick! It is also amazing for a guest bed, camping, and playing on the floor with little ones.
As long as you fit on it, and it's comfortable, anything will work as a Thai Mat. Amazon has a great selection, and I've made "mats" out of many piled blankets and comforters. Yoga mats are not thick enough unfortunately-- you will be laying down on the mat and having pressure put on you for 90 minutes so you want to be comfortable!
If you have a massage table in your home, we can definitely work with that too! Many Thai techniques are transferrable to the table and its also perfect for Craniosacral Therapy + Emotional Release!
In-Home sessions are a minimum of 2 hours to account for 15 minutes of set up (herbal steamers, pillows, adjusting the space + sounds), and 15 minutes of breakdown in addition to the work. One home visit usually ends up taking me 4 hours with travel by the time I get there, set up, do the work with you, break down and get home. Because of this large expenditure and time and energy, sessions are $200 + travel (train ticket, uber/lyft, or gas/tolls pending location.), averaging to about $250-285. Clients who commit to a Transformation Series and their own mat can save significantly on these costs.
I uphold these boundaries and guidelines for my in-home sessions to protect myself, and to provide you with the closest experience possible to the space and feeling I have created in my work spaces.
That's great! So I just had a baby and need you to come to me...
Congratulations! I LOVE coming into new mommies' homes to work with them so they don't have the pressures of going out into the world to get post-natal realignment and readjustments. In Thailand, new moms don't leave their house for 6 whole months while they heal from the intense and potentially traumatic process of birth. I will bring my office to you and have special mommy+baby safe herbs, and help you get back into YOUR body after your transition of becoming a mother (or bringing another new life into the world!) If you need post-natal work at a different price-point, let's talk about your options!
I'm Kaiya. Katie. KTUN. KK. Kai. You name it, I will probably answer. Welcome to this space, there's a few things you should know about me while you are here. I am anti-hustle. I am pro-early morning snuggles. Dapples of sunlight filtering through sheer curtains feel magical to me. I'm a Pisces, Libra Rising and Moon in Virgo. I believe giving you that information tells you more about me than I could ever write here. I believe in all things magical, mystical, ethereal, and impossible because life has shown me that relying on expectations becomes the death of what is familiar, and trusting in the unknown will take you on an incredible adventure.
Healing + the arts have infused themselves into every ounce of my being-- my life and my business are one. My creative endeavors-- photography, bookmaking + painting-- help me integrate my healing work-- subtle energetic emotional release that unravels the binds of ancestral epigenetic patterns and allows my true self to emerge. I'm outrageously transparent + wear my heart on my sleeve because of this simple truth:
“I BELIEVE MY PURPOSE IS TO SHARE MY STORY + TO CHANNEL LIGHT, LOVE + HEALING TO OTHER WOMEN TO HELP AWAKEN THE DIVINE FEMININE WITHIN THEM.”
It's taken me an immense amount of pain, moving, wandering, heartbreak, loss, and feeling oceans worth of emotions to come to this. I realize it sounds outrageous and strange to some people. But to others... I feel like it's the message they've been looking for. I'm here to walk this path with you... the path of getting to know your true self, learning to love the wild woman hiding inside of you, embracing all of the beauty this earth has to offer us, and deepening the magic that we all have access to, but have lost through time.
So thank you for getting to know me a little bit, for giving me a chance to show you the possibilities of what this world has to offer. I would love to connect with you more and see where our paths take us.