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License

  • Massage, MA #13480-MT

Education

  • Atlanta School of Massage
  • BodyTherapy Education
  • US Trager Association
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Piedmont College
  • Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Specialties

Bodywork & Massage

  • Deep Tissue
  • Trager Approach
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Pregnancy Massage

Elya Rowa

"Focus not on the outcome but the process, not on the perfection but on our courage to learn from our mistakes...trust life to be a constant, willing, and wise teacher." Dr. Shefali Tsabary, PhD

BRINGING YOU BACK TO CENTER


I have had the honor of working with hundreds of people of varying backgrounds through the years. Bringing this experience to you and your session, listening to your body, what it needs, and how it can be brought to a sense of ease and back to center is always a remarkable discovery. I look forward to YOU!


When I was about six years-old, I remember being on an airplane. A nice older woman sitting next to me started a conversation...eventually, asking me what I wan...

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Where I Work

Amherst Healing Arts  
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409 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002 Map it

Licenses

Massage, MA # 13480-MT

 

Education

1990
Atlanta School of Massage
Professional Certification Program
1991
BodyTherapy Education
Carole Osborne's Seminars - Bodywork for the Childbearing Year
2015
US Trager Association
Trager Approach Level One
2006
University of Wisconsin
International Relations/Religion/Jewish Studies
2003
Piedmont College
Marketing and Business
2015
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Applied Kinesiology

 

Notable Experiences

Coaching
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner 20-day Certification Course
NLP Comprehensive, Boulder, Colorado (nlpco.com) In 1979 the founders of NLP Comprehensive, Steve and Connirae Andreas, began by creating the first standardized Practitioner Program. Widely licensed, it became the foundation for many of the NLP trainings conducted worldwide over the next decades. NLP Comprehensive Practitioner Curriculum: Section 1: The Fundamentals: Sensory Acuity, Rapport, Anchoring Section 2: Precision Language: Meta-Model & Outcomes Section 3: The Language of Influence: The Milton-Model Section 4: Representational Systems, Perceptual Filters, and Strategies Section 5: Submodalities Section 6: Reframing & Negotiating Section 7: Ecology and Metaphors Section 8: Integration and Closing Patterns
Seminar Leader and Coach 2001-2006
Seminar Leader Lead personal growth/communication seminars for individuals and organizations. Taught process communication strategies. Seminars were held in New York, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta and Milwaukee. Personal Growth Coach I gave half-hour coaching telephone calls to thirty participants every two weeks with interim support for a yearlong self-development course. Note: A few of the participants were at-risk teens who I helped encourage in completing high school. Online Course Engineer Designed two three-month online courses, transforming the seminar format into a long-distance learning course using the Blackboard software.
Co-Director of Nonprofit Organization 1998-2005
I helped take the organization from gross yearly income of $85,000 in 1997 to $490,000 in 2002; from one paid employee to eight paid employees (four on salary full-time). I raised $300,000 annually for the last three years of employment. Other "hats" I wore included: Volunteer Coordinator, Marketing, Enrollment Coordinator and Project Team Leader.
Bodywork
Essential Massage
Purchased existing practice in 1990. Sold it in 1994 at three times the size; it still exists today. Saw thirty clients a week for 1-1 ½ - hour sessions on average for 3 ½ of the 4 years. Membership: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Chamber of Commerce, American Massage Therapy Association
Massage Therapist at Shorewood Family Chiropractic
Shortly after my baby was born in 2006, I began working with Dr. Monica Maroney, pediatric chiropractor extraordinaire (www.shorewoodfamilychiro.com). It was a deep honor to be in her presence and to offer massage therapy to many of her clients, honing my prenatal/postnatal skills in massage therapy.

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Anonymous
Jan 2017
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Very focused, intuitive, skillful.
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5.0
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5.0
Michael C.
Dec 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage - 5 Sessions
5
Elya is flat-out the best massage therapist I have ever had. Lots of massages can feel good the moment, but the effects of hers truly last.
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5.0
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5.0
Grace W.
Dec 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage
5
I came in with hip pain and Elya took great care to help my healing process.
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5.0
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5.0
Yvette R.
Nov 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Amazing massage!
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5.0
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5.0
Anonymous
Nov 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
I am so pleased to know Elya and work with her in such a wholistic whole body way. She is very gifted with her healing practice!
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5.0
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Susan f.
Nov 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
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the best!
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5.0
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Jane B.
Nov 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Best massages that I have ever had!
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5.0
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isabel m.
Oct 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Elya is personable, thoughtful, and kind. She is an amazing message therapist and person.
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5.0
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Kathleen R.
Oct 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
I have experienced so much relief from Elya's massages. Each time I have a session, I leave feeling lighter and freer. This is serious work that I am so blessed by the healing. Feeling so much gratitude.
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Liz A.
Oct 2016
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everthing was perfect
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Ed B.
Oct 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
My back is finally free of nasty trigger points. Thank you,
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Susan Z.
Sep 2016
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a very skilled, intuitive massage therapist
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5.0
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Barbara A.
Aug 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Elya is a very talented practitioner. She approaches each session to address my current condition and explains the progress she sees at each appointment. Her manner is professional yet warm and friendly. Excellent experience each time.
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5.0
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Susan A.
Aug 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Amazing. The massages with Elya are both relaxing and therapeutic. She really gets into those spots where I need it the most. Very satisfied!
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5.0
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Anonymous
Aug 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Restful environment, caring professional and best massages I have ever had.
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5.0
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Kevin B.
Aug 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage
5
Elya has an amazing awareness of the body and uses just the right amount of pressure for the best massage I have ever had.
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5.0
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Anonymous
May 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Elya's intuition and skill let her identify the parts of the body that need work. After one of her massages, those parts no longer hurt. She's a genius, and an angel.
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5.0
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Ann B.
May 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Great caregiver. I always feel amazing after massage.
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Anonymous
May 2016
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outstanding in every way
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felicity a.
Mar 2016
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Karen Kerin is incredibly talented. Top quality deep tissue massage for sure, and so much more – she is an intuitive healer, doing truly transformative work. Such a treasure in our community, grateful for Amherst Healing Arts!
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Anonymous
Mar 2016
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Trager-Inspired Massage
5
I love Karen's massage! She is very professional and very good at what she does. Not only the massage feels so good and relaxing, it actually helps to integrate my body afterward.
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5.0
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5.0
Anonymous
Mar 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
She is just an excellent massage therapist and does excellent deep tissue massage
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5.0
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John D.
Feb 2016
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Redeem Gift Certificate 75min
5
Great massage. I would highly recommend to anyone.
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5.0
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Mila S.
Feb 2016
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5
Loved Karen, loved the whole experience, and thank you for taking your time to understand and feel what my body needs.
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Anonymous
Feb 2016
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Post Polio Deep Tissue Massage
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Excellent, strong modulation of pressure, highly attentive and careful reading of my body. I appreciated the energy work incorporated into the hands on levels. An extremely fine massage experience - of the highest caliber.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Jan 2016
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Redeem Gift Certificate 75min
5
I highly recommend Karen. She is a caring soul that wants to heal your body and not just provide a service. I have never experienced a massage that was so therapeutic. Each time I leave, I have more flexibility, mobility and energy, as well as less anxiety. I now will make massage with Karen part of my health and wellness plan. Karen is a "healer"!
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David A.
Jan 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage
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Excellent massage. She really addresses your concerns and will attend to the issue that you present with - not just give you the standard massage that so many practitioners provide. 5 star plus massage.
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5.0
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Anonymous
Jan 2016
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Deep Tissue - 3 Sessions
5
Elya is extremely professional, caring, thorough and everything else one hopes for. She really knows where to work on your body and tailors each session to your specific aches/pains/needs.
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5.0
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John R.
Jan 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage - Grand Opening December Special
5
the best massage and a really nice person, I will recommend Karen to all my friends and look forward to my next massage!
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5.0
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Susan G.
Jan 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage - Grand Opening December Special
5
Hi Karen, I really liked the deep touch that was both very relaxing and also very therapeutic. I appreciated your giving me some feedback about what you were observing and feeling in my body. You were so present. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you VERY much! Susan
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Leda C.
Jan 2016
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Deep Tissue Massage - Grand Opening December Special
5
I have had back, hip, knee etc. pain for many years and have been to massage to help manage this pain. In the past, massage felt good and reduced some pain but the effect was brief. Karen works miracles! She increased my range of motion and I can feel my body/ posture etc change after she works on me. She is truly amazing, and I highly recommend her, whether you experience chronic pain, as I do, or just want a massage with someone who is fully devoted to making YOU feel great! .
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Anonymous
Dec 2015
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Deep Tissue Massage - Grand Opening December Special
5
I liked everything about the massage. It's a small point but the bathroom is so bare and ugly. It's a land lord issue, but it doesn't match the quality of the service offered.
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