For Optimal Massage & Movement co-owner Kim, massage therapy is both a passion and a purpose. A natural empath and nurturer, Kim spent much of her time as a young adult volunteering at hospitals, soup kitchens, on a suicide hotline, and working with hospice care patients. It was when she pursued her certification in massage therapy that she found her true calling in helping others.
Six months into massage school at the Gentle Healing School of Massage in Cranbury, NJ, Kim met her husband, Michael. The two formed an inextricable bond that inspires her work to this day, nearly 20 years later. “Working with him and learning from him has shaped the way I practice massage,” she says. Kim and Michael have worked diligently to create a culture of love and respect within Optimal Massage & Movement. The result is a staff that functions like a family and a warm, safe environment that honors the individuality of the therapists and clients alike.
Kim has worked with some of the same people for the span length of her career, which she calls “an amazing gift and teacher.” Known for her intuition and ability to read the body, Kim draws great happiness from her connections with clients, and her ability to help them connect with their bodies. “I believe that the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself with time, patience, and persistence,” she says. Her clients repeatedly seek out her open, empathetic approach and keen ability to root out underlying problem areas.
Kim has broadened her expertise by earning certifications in Prenatal/Postpartum Massage, Ashiatsu with a Twist, Oncology Massage and Thai Foot Massage. In 2021, she earned her 200 Yoga Teacher Training. She’s currently working on completing her BodyMind Coaching Certification and hopes to create a unique service to help clients with coaching, massage and yoga.
Kim says, “I believe that health is the best investment you will ever make in yourself.” She practices this personally with yoga, hikes with her beloved pitbull Snowy, and near-daily high-intensity interval training. She hopes to model for her children the same philosophy that underlies the Optimal Massage & Movement practice: that self-care is not selfish, but necessary for a long, happy, and healthy life.