Carmen Johnson Kinder is a compassionate and nurturing massage therapist who was drawn to the profession because of her desire to help and care for others. She creates a deeply relaxing environment for clients during her treatments, and each massage offers a true retreat from the stress of day-to-day life. She brings a unique blend of clinical and injury treatment experience from years of working in a chiropractic setting, along with several seasons at Sunriver Resort’s Sage Springs Spa where she perfected the art of restorative and rejuvenating treatments.
Carmen believes massage can be healing for people on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level and intuitively incorporates essential oils, Myofascial release, acupressure and many other advanced modalities into her work. Today she runs her own practice, Intentional Wellness & Massage, at one of Bend’s most inviting healing centers, Riverside Wellness, right next to the Deschutes River.
She graduated from the Advanced Massage Therapy Program at Central Oregon Community College in 2011, where she studied deep tissue, Swedish, Thai table massage, trigger point therapy, and acute and chronic pain treatment. She is especially attracted to eastern modalities and regularly practices Chinese therapies like cupping and Gua sha, a technique where she uses gentle skin scraping to promote blood circulation. Carmen has always been fascinated by the body’s ability to heal, and continues to learn and advance her skills at every opportunity.
Even as a child, she longed to understand how to take care of her own health, instead of being sent to the family doctor who usually prescribed a pill. She grew up camping, hiking and gardening in Washington, and her connection to the earth and plant medicine grew into a lifelong interest in the human body’s ability to heal, and how natural interventions like massage, herbs and essential oils can inspire profound change in each and every person.
“I wanted to do massage because I knew it was something that was in line with my heart,” Carmen said. “I have a fascination with the human body, and I also have a love of helping people, and a nurturing nature.”
Along with massage, Carmen also offers free essential oil consultations where she helps her clients learn how essential oils can help enhance their physical, emotional and mental health. She is passionate about natural remedies and loves sharing all the ways that essential oils can address a wide variety of health concerns in an effective, affordable, easy and safe way.
Carmen is currently accepting new clients in her beautiful healing space at Riverside Wellness in Bend. She offers insurance billing, and has a variety of packages and price points. Make your first appointment today by calling or texting Carmen at 541-390-8364 or use the BOOK NOW button to schedule online.