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Meet Kathryn Upchurch of Knead It! Massage Therapy in Mission Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathryn Upchurch.

Kathryn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey to massage therapist began years ago when I was a professional dancer/actor/choreographer. I found a Medical Massage therapist who got me through all of my injuries big and small. I had weekly sessions to keep my body working optimally. After many years of performing I was looking for a change and immediately decided to go back to school and train as a Massage Therapist to help others achieve wellness.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a smooth road so far-knock on wood! I was fortunate to get my massage therapy education from the prestigious New York Institute of Massage. I learned from amazing Chiropractors, Naturopathic Drs, and Top Notch Massage Therapists. I then moved to Bloomington, IN where I worked alongside and was mentored by fantastic massage therapists who were working with World class Olympic athletes who were training at Bloomington University. After moving to San Diego 5 years ago with my husband and knowing no one, I was able get my practice up and running within 2 years.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I have tried to create a welcoming, friendly and relaxing environment. I will give helpful stretches and ideas for reducing pain and increasing healing in between sessions. I use a combination of techniques (Deep tissue, Swedish, Myoskeletal, Myofascial, prenatal, trigger point, etc) to create one of a kind massages. Each client gets a unique session tailored to their needs that day. When booking a massage time, my clients are booking hands on time. So a 60 minute massage is a full 60 min plus. I always allow additional time for greeting and finding out what is going on with a client that day, letting the client take a breath before jumping on the massage table, talking about the session afterwards, helpful suggestions for stretches and payment and additional bookings. I am most proud of my client retention and referrals. I work with many family units (moms, daughters, husband’s, children, and grandparents). One member came in and then the rest of the family followed 🙂

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
San Diego is a wonderful city for Massage Therapy. The residents are always looking for alternative methods for keeping themselves healthy and active. I do think that the California Massage Council is working to raise the level of training and raise awareness to the general consumer as to who are legitimate, and highly skilled therapists.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2423 Camino del Rio S
    Suite #104
    San Diego, CA 92108
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  • Phone: 619 913 8407
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