Kate Barvainis is a holistic health counselor, educator, and bodywork practitioner currently practicing in Northampton, MA. Kate works with clients on an individual basis, providing support and recommendations to improve lifestyle, nutrition, and to facilitate healing. Kate holds professional licenses as a massage therapist and also offers additional modalities including CranioSacral Therapy and Reiki.
Kate received both a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Community Health Education from SUNY Cortland. As a graduate assistant with the Health Education Office, she worked in the areas of health and wellness promotion, HIV/AIDS awareness, as well as alcohol and substance abuse education and prevention. Kate is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, where she studied with teachers including Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Michio Kushi, Mark Hyman, Marion Nestle, David Wolfe, Debbie Ford, and Sally Fallon. In June 2011, Kate completed a rigorous ten-month Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher Training gaining her certification as a Hatha Yoga Teacher. Most recently, Kate completed the HeartMath® Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Self Regulation and is now a HeartMath® Certified Practitioner.
Kate has co-directed a number of yoga and wellness retreats, workshops, and fundraisers throughout Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Martha's Vineyard, New York, Maine, Hawaii, Mexico and India. She has volunteered for organizations including AIDS Rochester, STAP (Southern Tier AIDS Program), and Big Brother/Big Sister of Hampshire County.
Kate currently practices in Northampton, MA and is available by appointment. To schedule a session please email [email protected] or call 607-591-1478.
Massage may be the oldest and simplest form of health care. Egyptian tomb paintings show people receiving massage. In Eastern cultures, massage has been practiced continually since ancient times. Massage therapy sessions are tailored to what you need in the moment, whether it is stress relief, pain relief, or emotional balancing. Receiving massage reduces depression, relieves headaches, eliminates toxins, increases blood circulation. Massage is great for many conditions including ADHD, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, insomnia, low back pain, and traumas.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of body therapy which corrects problems of the head, neck, and spine and influences the functioning of the entire nervous system. The CranioSacral System is composed of the bones, membranes, and fluid which surround, envelope, and nourish the brain and spinal cord. This system controls and directs all of our body processes. Injuries, disease, stress, or trauma anywhere in the body can cause restrictions in the free movement of these membranes. Because of the protective nature of this system, CranioSacral Therapy utilizes a very small force, usually less than an ounce, to avoid engaging the resistance of the tissue. By working with the body instead of against it, this form of treatment is capable of affecting profound changes without pain or discomfort.
Holistic Health Counseling
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.
“After trying many different massage therapists, I feel quite lucky to have found Kate. A true professional, Kate's skills and deeply individualistic approach are second to none. Kate cares about her clients, her craft, and doing great work.”
-M. K. Northampton, MA
“I highly recommend Kate. She is incredibly professional. She made me feel totally relaxed even before the massage. I can tell she has had training in energy work because I was able to feel my mind relax as she massaged me. I have had many massages over the years and Kate used techniques I've never experienced. She seemed to know exactly what my body needed. Thank you Kate!”
-V. B. Easthampton, MA
"I have been seeing Kate Barvainis for holistic health counseling for over a year, and working with her has helped me very much. I appreciate her demeanor, her knowledge of nutrition and health issues, and her common-sense approach to counseling and living. We have worked on day to day problems, longstanding personal problems, and ways to increase the nutrition I get from food without removing the pleasure. If you are reading this and thinking that maybe you'd like to give Kate a try, I encourage you to do so. I think you would be glad you did."
-T. C. Williamsburg, MA
"When I came to see Kate, I was struggling with chronic neck pain that I thought would never heal. After one powerful CranioSacral session with her, I've been feeling better than I have in months. So much better, in fact, that I'm now doing handstands in yoga! I strongly recommend Kate's healing touch."
-M. T. Easthampton, MA
"As someone who has studied massage therapy at a renowned school, CT Center for Massage Therapy, and as someone who really cares for for the art of a good massage, I highly recommend Kate Barvainis. She really knows what she's doing. Kate provides an excellent energy to her therapeutic work and has an amazing intuitional guidance. I've never recommended a Massage Therapist before because good ones are so hard to find. Kate is amazing at what she does. She is worth her weight in gold. Thank you Kate for an amazing experience."
-S. H. Enfield, CT
Kindly give 48 hours notice for all canceled appointments. For all canceled appointments with less than 48 hour notice, the full price of the session will be charged. Please note that all sessions will end on time even if you are late for your appointment. This is so each client after you can start their session at the appointed time.