Sarah Johnson, LMT

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Sarah’s defining strategy in bodywork is careful, specific technique to relieve pain and dysfunction, guided by sensitive observation of the soft-tissue, structure, and overall traits of her patients. She is comfortable working within a wide range of depths, from extremely deep to exceedingly gentle — the patient’s comfort and safety are paramount. Those with chronic pain and illness are some of Sarah’s favorite people with whom to work; to assist people in finding relief and returning more of their attention to what inspires them is a great motivator in her studies and in her practice.

Sarah uses primarily myofascial release, deep tissue, and trigger point therapies combined with gentle techniques that help to ease deep and rapid change. Continual study of documented pain patterns and of the mechanical and physiological bases of pain deeply inform her work. In working with the patient, an important secondary focus is to encourages patients to get to know their bodies and their habits more closely, as this awareness often greatly supports continuing relief of pain. For those willing to invest energy at home in their own care, Sarah will gladly offer from a long list of self-care tactics and reading materials to help meet the goals of the patient.

Sarah is an aspiring supernerd in the body sciences – her all-time favorite books have to do with anatomy and physiology and she tends to spend hours a week with them researching new puzzles, as well as lately (slowly!) learning calculation techniques and computer programming in hopes of ultimately contributing to modeling and research in integrative therapies for people with autoimmune and cognitive disorders. She is a former competitive lumberjill, a runner, gardener, hiker, carpenter, and student of languages. At work, most people wouldn’t guess how impossible she finds it to sit still, as the challenge and reward of discovering how to help clients discover new, healthier and sometimes pain-free patterns channels her energies just right.

Sarah graduated with a certificate in Massage Therapy from New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in 2004 after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, in 2003

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Nina Kalin

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With over 20 years experience as a massage therapist, Nina Kalin creates a safe, comfortable environment based on each client’s needs. She has worked in various clinics since graduating and has had a private practice since 1998.

Nina values her ongoing enrichment through continuing education courses and is passionate about facilitating healing through the power of touch. Her treatments include a variety of modalities such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial, massage cupping, Swedish massage and neuromuscular therapy. Patients’ conditions may , but not limited to whiplash, neck and back pain, sciatica, sport injuries, and overuse injuries such as tennis elbow and frozen shoulder.

Nina is a firm believer that the mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. She considers it an honor to assist her clients towards this integration of mind, body and spirit.

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Audra Genduso, LMT

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After having been a Licensed Massage Therapist practicing a mindful approach to massage for over 10 years, it’s not uncommon for clients to say that Audra’s work is the best they have ever experienced. She specializes in deep tissue, specific injury, prenatal, whiplash, and myofascial techniques along with sports massage. Audra has also been trained in SourcePoint Therapy, and she uses this unique expertise in her massage therapy and offers sessions in Source Point Therapy as well. SourcePoint Therapy ® is a simple, non-invasive energetic approach to healing, and works with points in the human energy field that connect to the universal blueprint of health that contains the order, balance, harmony and flow necessary to sustain life. Audra believes that everyone has the ability to rejuvenate themselves, and she feels grateful to help facilitate the healing process through massage.

Prior to her massage career, Audra began her study of the body by teaching dance in a variety of venues in New Mexico and New York—from co-directing a dance company of individuals with disabilities to outreach in creative movement and modern dance for children and adults. Audra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1999), and a massage certificate from New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe (2003).

Her interests include hiking, running, dancing, strength training, probiotic nutrition and baking banana bread with her two children.

Audra Specializes in the following:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Pain Management
  • Specific Injury Treatment
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Massage
  • Prenatal
  • Source Point Therapy
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Kathrin Meyer, LMT

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Working holistically with the chiropractic and acupuncture team at Blue Lotus, Kathrin’s practice focuses on healing and positive progress for individuals who are recovering from physical injury.

Kathrin works to relieve painful conditions by using therapeutic massage techniques that have been refined through years of experience. She encourages awareness of patterns, stresses and environmental settings that can cause or contribute to pain so that clients can actively participate in the management of their health.

Her expertise includes deep tissue massage and myofascial release techniques to address acute and chronic pain, shoulder and neck conditions, and TMJ imbalances. Through the use of structural assessments, she helps clients to improve their posture, range of motion and natural alignment. She is also an experienced pregnancy massage practitioner and encourages an upbeat attitude towards healthy aging.

As a licensed Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner with over 10 years of practical experience, Kathrin works with each client to meet their health and wellness goals in a caring, effective and respectful way.

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Kelly Frith, DOM

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Kelly Frith, DOM graduated from Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. Her specialties include herbal medicine, internal medicine, and Japanese acupuncture. She is a certified Seitai Shinpo Acupuncturist under the rigorous training of Dr. Chieko Maekawa, L.Ac. (www.seitaishinpoacupuncture.com/) The primary goals of Seitai Shinpo Acupuncture are to balance the nervous system, vitalize the organs, invigorate the blood, and stabilize the posture and spine. With her skills in acupuncture, moxibustion, nutritional counseling and herbal medicine, Kelly welcomes all patients with any health concern. She is dedicated to the highest quality of care for every patient and strives to provide a positive, thoughtful and supportive environment.

Kelly’s interest in medicine started while studying with herbalists in high school and college in Arizona, Oregon, and Hawaii. Since receiving her Masters degree in 2005, she has been in private practice and also an instructor of herbal medicine at TCMCH (HICOM). Kelly is the founder and owner of Botanical Blends LLC, a company devoted to creating topical botanicals. Currently, she is licensed as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico, and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Hawaii.

Her commitment to holistic and botanical medicine springs from a deep love of the natural world. Outside of the clinic, Kelly spends her time nurturing a small farm with her husband and exploring the great outdoors.

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Joshua Sinberg, D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic

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Dr. Sinberg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker University in Dallas, TX in 1997. He began his private practice in Durango, CO where he worked for 3 years. In 2000 he was offered a unique opportunity to manage a large private practice in the Netherlands. From 2000-2005, Dr. Sinberg gave over 13,000 treatments to patients from over 40 different countries. In addition to his clinical experience as a Chiropractor, Dr. Sinberg has also worked in the medical device industry for 7 years as a manager and technical consultant to surgeons in the operating room. Having worked on both sides of the healthcare spectrum, Dr. Sinberg is well-versed in complimentary care treatment options as well as in the medical model. It is this unique blend of clinical experiences that guides his approach to patient care.

Dr. Sinberg’s practice is centered around the conservative care of spinal and extremity neuromusculoskeletal conditions Even though problems can be incredibly complex, his philosophy is rather simple: collaborative care with other specialists to obtain the best outcome for his patients. Spinal conditions are optimally treated using a variety of treatments from a variety of specialists. As no two individuals are the same, Dr. Sinberg spends as much time as necessary to help diagnose and treat those who come to him for care. Whether it is reading MRIs, performing orthopedic/neurologic testing, checking range of motion, doing a comprehensive case history, Dr. Sinberg will help guide his patients in the right direction.

Dr. Sinberg has extensive training in anatomy, biomechanics, many forms of chiropractic manual therapies of the spine and extremities, rehabilitation, radiology, chiropractic pediatrics, soft-tissue treatment, and more.
“The Blue Lotus is an amazing environment to work in because it is truly an integrative care clinic where we have outstanding experts in their specialties…all working together for the patient. When a patient combines chiropractic with therapeutic massage and acupuncture it is incredibly powerful and effective at helping many, if not most problems that come through our doors. “

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Top-10 Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods to Avoid

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Do you find your digestion is stressed even when you avoid gluten?

Are there times when you feel emotional ups and downs before or after eating? Many foods cross-react to gluten, meaning they create reactions by themselves or make your response to gluten worse. The grains that contain gluten are wheat, rye, barley, kamut, and spelt. You can have expensive personal tests done for all cross-reactors at Cyrex Labs or TrueHealthLabs. Or you can do it yourself for a lot less. Try eliminating these 10 foods from your diet for 2 weeks and notice how you feel. Observe your body and emotions. Keep a list of what you eat.
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Self-Care Between Treatments

by: Audra Genduso

Picture this: You arrive at Blue Lotus with pain, injuries, perhaps feeling stressed from a long week at work. After the massage you are feeling lighter, free of pain, relaxed, perhaps even energized. If you could find the secret to making that feeling last longer, would you audra1_NEWtry it? Well, I’ll let you in on the answer, and it’s really no mystery. The secret is self-care. We often focus on the massage as the method that will heal, but in reality self-care between sessions is just as important. Hydration, Epsom salt baths, and rest are important for maintaining the results of myofascial work. This gives your nervous system an opportunity to integrate new information from the session.

Why hydration? As a Massage Therapist, I always recommend that my clients drink plenty of water after a session. But why is this so important?
Hydration helps the circulatory system work more effectively. This, in turn, benefits the lymphatic system, which is essential in the body’s ability to fight, manage and eliminate infection.
Water assists in the body’s waste elimination processes (urination, defecation, perspiration and respiration). Toxins in the body – including those in your muscles and lymphatic system, are eliminated via these processes.

How does an Epsom Salt bath help muscles? Epsom “salt” is not actually salt but a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It works by absorption through the skin. Magnesium has many health benefits, some of which are easing muscle and nerve tension and reducing inflammation. Sulfate helps with detoxifying and absorption of nutrients.

Why should I rest if I’m feeling energized? After a massage the nervous system is integrating and retaining new information. Rest is important so that the lymph system can function to eliminate toxins. It’s important to give your muscles a break after adhesions have been broken up through deep myofascial work and to allow toxins to be eliminated.

Audra Genduso is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Blue Lotus. Specializing in deep tissue, she has been practicing massage for 10 years.

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Chronic Headaches? Try Chiropractic, Myofascial Therapy, and Acupuncture

Blue Lotus Santa Fe Massage Therapy myofascial therapy chiropractic acupunctureMany types of headaches have their origin in the muscles, connective tissue,  and spinal joints.  Chiropractic manual therapy when combined with deep tissue myofascial release, and acupuncture are effective in addressing the chronic inflammation that can fester in the neck and shoulders.  These treatments are safe, drug-free, and cost-effective.  They also address the cause of the problem while aiding in symptomatic relief.

 

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Alternative Care Treatments are Highly Effective and Inexpensive

Chronic illness accounts for almost 85% of our healthcare costs and our outcomes lag behind. Try chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage as a first line of defense for what ails you. These alternative care treatments are highly effective and far less expensive than going to the hospital.

http://m.nbcnews.com/health/what-makes-u-s-health-care-so-overpriced-its-not-2D11582695

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