massage & bodywork

The 8 Hands Healing Touch

Kim uses many techniques to assess what a person needs to work toward their wellness goals. During a session, several techniques may be used and are sometimes done with the clients clothing on.

Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) is a therapeutic, hands-on method, designed to release spasm in all tissues of the human body. Every organ, nerve, artery, muscle, ligament, tendon, vein and lymphatic vessel in the human body can actively spasm and produce pain in a natural, protective response to injury. Once this reflex spasm is triggered it can persist, spread & form hundreds of tender points. FCS works to release the tissue in spasm and the corresponding tender point by gently unloading the injured structure.

Gentle body positioning and compression or shortening of the strained structure works to effect a therapeutic release. By positioning the body against the strain or by applying a “counterstrain”, the structure quickly relaxes, thus reducing tension and immediately alleviating this primary source of pain. The elimination of this strain is quickly verified by simply checking the point, which is frequently no longer tender.

Kim has been using FCS since February 2016 and has attended all trainings available (completing through advanced courses) and plans to continue her training in future conventions and classes.

For more information about Fascial Counterstrain and a list of more common conditions FCS helps visit:

Developed by Dr. Sharon Giammatteo

It is through a combination of functional and structural therapies that the most wonderful changes can occur. This is the underlying premise of IMT.

Integrative Manual Therapy is a gentle form of body work that is performed with the hands of a trained practitioner. It is the epitome of structural therapy. IMT is about treatment of not just surface problems, but the underlying reasons for why we develop those surface issues. If we have pain in our knee, is it because of something wrong in the knee, or is there another reason for this pain? IMT is about this search, and the hands-on tools to solve the problem.

Neurofascial Processing (NFP) is a group process developed by Dr.Sharon Giammatteo where the client is laying face up on the table and 4-8 other people are placing their hands on specific points (mostly organs) and holding for 20-60 minutes at a time. This process helps reconnect the communication between our organs so they can better communicate with each other via the nervous system.

Kim can help a woman prepare her body for pregnancy; manage the changes during the pregnancy and recover her center of balance after delivery so she can enjoy her new baby.

We know this intuitively and in seeing the results with the mother and baby, but there has also been extensive research on the subject.

Massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy. Women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication. An underlying mechanism we have been exploring is that these effects are mediated by increased vagal activity. This likely occurs by the stimulation of pressure receptors that are innervated by vagal afferent fibers, which ultimately project to the limbic system, including hypothalamic structures involved in autonomic nervous system regulation and cortisol secretion.

The event of birthing can be traumatic for the infant as well as the mother. Kim uses all of her skills with the infant to help with issues such as breast feeding, tongue-tie and frenetomy (pre and post), colic, reflux, constipation and range of motion issues for their joints to name a few.

Read more about research and studies on this topic.

Many injuries can resolve quickly when the soft tissue is skillfully worked with early in the healing process. Injuries that are older can still be resolved but often require more sessions. Injuries from childhood affect us throughout our lives which affects the compensatory availability our body has as we age. Kim works with client’s pre and post surgery as well.

A favorite of Kim’s to work with. She uses a combination of skills/tools to help the body to ‘accept’ the new implanted hardware which may reduce pain, infection and speeds recovery time.

Kim uses cupping and gua sha tools to lift and loosen tissues in an area to increase circulation and function in the body. Silicone cups are used without heat which can be ‘parked’ or used to glide across areas of the body to loosen the superficial tissues. Then gua sha tools are used to sculpt the muscles where needed to allow tissues to glide next to their neighboring muscles rather than be stuck to them. This allows for greater range of motion in the joints, increased flexibility and is excellent for post injury/surgery (at least 6 weeks).

Myofascial Sculpting© is equivalent to deep-tissue massage but usually more comfortable for the client.

A portion of Kim’s clientele are varying types of athletes. Her gift in moving clients through post-workout/game/injury recovery is typically fast and efficient. Kim may use Fascial Counterstrain, Myofascial Sculpting© or any variety of tools to get you back to the sport you enjoy!

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Kim Holman’s work with Recodes has helped me clarify my personal and business true goals, reduce tension and anxiety around challenges with starting a new business and remove blockages that were inhibiting progress. Her wisdom and insight shined a light on shadowed areas which I had previously been unaware. Kim’s group coaching sessions and materials are very helpful to stay on track when implementing a new course of action. I highly recommend Kim’s work.

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Before working with Kim, my income was not enough to even pay my bills. After working through blocks and doing the work with her, I now have more than enough every month to cover bills and the “luxuries” I couldn’t ever afford, like massages, acupuncture, etc. What a gift she is to my life. I’m so grateful to have found her.

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Experiencing recodes with Kim in her coaching program has been a highlight for my week. I eagerly look forward to uncovering the gopher holes which have been blocking me from my true targets. Each time I run a recode, I feel incredible growth and change. I believe this tool is the most effective and powerful out of the different options available within Kim’s program. But don’t trust me! Try it out for yourself. You can thank me later :)

NK, Oregon, USA

Kim is seriously educated and continues to learn and improve her ability to work with you at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. My experience with her bodywork is immediate and lasting change, also resolving issues from traumas, injuries and surgeries.

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Your Magnetic Mind re-code sessions provided a breakthrough for a direction in my life that I always knew I would follow, but had no idea how and when. This brought and keeps bringing the needed tools my way, like a magnet! Thank you Kim.

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NK, Idaho, USA

I admire how Kim Holman studies, and applies, so much of the latest information, for alternative health and wellness concepts.
Over the years, Kim has helped my neck cervical vertebra feel incredibly balanced and aligned.

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