Recently relocated from Madison, WI, Karen Hoyem is available full-time to assist Upper Peninsula residents from offices in Houghton and Calumet, MI. After CST classes in 1993-95, Karen Hoyem certified in CranioSacral Therapy Techniques with the Upledger Institute in 1996. She graduated from Northern Michigan University, and subsequently studied massage and energy work. "The first time I experienced CST I knew it was the bodywork approach I wanted to focus with to assist people. I love it and the advanced SomatoEmotional Release bodywork for multi-faceted healing, pain relief and relaxation. You really see good results. I enjoy working with people of all ages on their priorities for wellness." CST and the other relaxing bodywork techniques are all with clothes on (except for shoes and belts) and without oils so are safe for people with sensitivities, more convenient, won't pull body hair, and you are warmer and more comfortable in cooler weather.

During bodywork with adults, Karen focuses on your healing goals and head, neck, TMJ, shoulder, back, legs and other muscle relaxation (and/or strengthening and balancing) and pain relief. CST is especially effective for assisting recovery from old and recent injuries (head, back, sports, car accidents, whiplash, falls, etc.) and surgeries. It may assist with range of motion, digestive, arthritis, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, circulatory, visual and other systems problems. CST sessions generally help you get to the base of the matter for reoccuring problems by using gentle holds and tension release methods in a 10 Step Protocol. This may include SomatoEmotional Release (SER), which sometimes occurs when an emotion comes up related to body tissues relaxing, usually related to old injuries or events, or stress such as with jaw clenching. Sessions are always based upon your priorities and what your body shows. As a result, CST leads to much better function and well-being. SER and other advanced CST techniques may be included to aid the mouth and teeth, TMJ dysfunction and many other health issues as well.

CST "in the mouth" (with gloves) is gentle and relaxes the face, mouth, tongue, neck and jaw. It may reduce snoring, assist sinuses and breathing, help balance eye and face muscles, and increases comfort of the teeth, mouth, face and neck tissues related to braces, retainers, bridges, and other dental work or injuries, etc. It also can assist babies with nursing. Headaches, and also soreness from braces adjustments, etc., usually clear within an hour. It is relaxing and really helps release dental and clenching related stress.

For moms and babies, CST assists with balancing and health throughout life. CST significantly aids mom's relaxation and balance pre-delivery and speeds post-delivery recovery. It assists newborns with colic, head shape, body balance, torticollis, and other tension release for greater comfort in body. As children mature, CST can quickly relieve headaches, sports and other injuries; release strain and pain from braces and dental work; aid posture and balance, and results in a happier child. CST and Touch for Health can also assist learning challenges (see Working Wonders: Changing Lives With CranioSacral Therapy, ed. by the Upledger Institute, or email for info.). "If you can assist children to do well throughout development, it gives them a good foundation for adult life."

Karen studied a variety of techniques for National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2000 and Board Certification in 2016 and may include Touch for Health, Neurovascular Integration, acupressure and meridian work, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) meridian tapping, structural assessment, visualization, intuitive energy work, reflexology, visceral, lymph and other therapy techniques with CST to assist clients. She also added CST classes related to pediatrics, geriatrics and longevity, brain function, autism spectrum challenges, and essential oil aromatherapy.

As a Touch for Health Educator, Karen is able to assist with strengthening of 42 muscles and the related systems and energy, and shares self-balancing techniques everyone can learn. In addition, TFH has easy and effective techniques for emotional stress release, balancing your systems related to goals you choose, and methods to assist hearing and auditory processing, and neck range of motion.

"CranioSacral Therapy is a wonderful to assist health and well-being for everyone. You may combine it with Touch For Health, Neurovascular Integration, acupressure, Emotional Freedom Technique and other bodywork modalities for your benefit!"

Additional information flyers on the bodywork modalities are available upon request.

Karen Hoyem, Body Therapy for All

License Number
BCTMB 284301-00, Wisconsin State Bodywork License 1689-146

47964 Madeleine St.
Houghton, Michigan 49931

tel. 906-281-6347 (day)

Hours of operation / Fees

In Houghton at the Nature's Feet Office, appointments on Mondays start at 9 to as late as 4, and are possible to start as late as 6 on two Mon., Wednesdays start at 9 to as late as 4, and 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays appointments are available from 9 am to start as late as 5:15. The first Saturday morning each month from 9 to start as late as 11 is available, too, and there is a $60 Saturday special rate through June 2019. Regular hour sessions are $70, with a $5 discount for adults age 62+ and $20 discount for full-time college students. Three hour session packages are available for a $15 discount (excludes full-time college students). Extra mins. may be added at $1 each up to 90 mins.

Payment is by cash or check.

In Calumet, at the Encompass Therapeutic Massage office, appointments are available from 9 to start as late as 6 on Thurs., and 9 to start as late as 5:15 on 2nd and 4th Fridays, and on the 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings each month from 9 to start as late as 11. There is a $60 Saturday special rate through June 2019. Regular hour sessions are $65, with a $5 discount for adults age 62+ and $15 discount for full-time college students. Three hour session packages are available for a $15 discount (excludes full-time college students). Extra mins. may be added at $1 each up to 90 mins.

Payment is by cash or check.

Hour sessions may be shared by an adult and child or two children. Shorter sessions are available for children, depending upon age and what needs attention.

Call or text 906-281-6347 or email for information.

Madison, WI clients looking for referrals may contact me at 608-232-0096 or for more information.

Driving directions

For the Houghton Office at Nature's Feet, 47964 Madeleine Street, to link in to Google maps, click here...

For the Calumet Office at Encompass Therapeutic Massage at 213 6th Street use the back side entrance from the Post Office Parking lot, to link in to Google maps, click here...

My skills

More than 25 years of bodywork experience. Wisconsin State Licensed Bodyworker 1689-146 since licensing began in 2010 through Feb. 28, 2021.

Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 2000 and Board Certified since 2016. BTCMB #284301-00.

Certified in CranioSacral Therapy at the Techniques Level (CST-T) since 1996, Upledger Institute Certified Teaching Assistant since 2009.

Touch for Health Educator since 2011.

Professional Associations / Memberships

American Massage Therapy Association, International Association of Health Care Practitioners,