Recently relocated from Madison, WI, Karen Hoyem is available full-time to assist Upper Peninsula residents from offices in Houghton, Laurium and Lake Linden, 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, and are convenient and comfortable.
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, brain, 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, and especially relaxes and balances the abdominal, back and pelvic/hip areas. 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 effectively assist with sensory, autism spectrum and learning challenges for more comfort and better function (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, essential oil aromatherapy and other therapy techniques with CST to assist clients. She also added CST classes related to pediatrics, brain function, autism spectrum challenges, and geriatrics and longevity.
As a Touch for Health Educator, Karen is able to muscle test to assist strengthening of 42 muscles and the related systems and energy with seven techniques including use of food, spices/herbs and supplements. She 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
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 at 47964 Madeline St. appointments are available:
Mondays – 9 to start as late as 11
Tuesdays – 10:30 to start as late as 4
Wednesday - 9 to start as late as 4
Fridays - 10:30 to start as late as 6
1st and 5th Saturday mornings from 9 to start as late as 11
Houghton Client rates are: $70 for the regular hour with 55 mins. of table time and 5 mins in and out. $195 for a package of 3 hour sessions ($15 discount). $40 for 30 mins. of table time and 5 mins. in and out
Seniors who are age 62 and above are $65 for the regular hour. $180 for a package of 3 hour Senior sessions (extra $15 discount).
Full-time college students are $50 for the regular hour.
$1 for extra mins. beyond 55 mins., up to 90 mins.
Parents and children may split a session. Children up to age 7-8 often only need a 30 min. “tune-up.” Shorter sessions are available for children, depending upon age and what needs attention.
Payment is by cash or check. Square is available for credit card for $2 extra.
In Laurium at the Soothing Hands Massage Office at 414 Hecla St.,
Mondays - 1 to start as late as 6
Thursdays – 9 to start as late as 6
3rd Saturday mornings from 9 to start as late as 11.
Laurium and Lake Linden Client Rates are $5 less than Houghton with college students the same at $50. Bodywork in Lake Linden (in June, August and September) at 44503 Bootjack Rd., is available by appointment.
Call or text 906-281-6347 or email email@example.com for information and to set up an appointment. Madison, WI clients looking for referrals may contact me at 906-281-6347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More than 25 years of bodywork training and 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, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork