I work out of my massage & art studio in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. While it‘s attached to my residence, you’ll find it’s a great space to unwind, feel comfortable.
Licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist – Wisconsin
Certified by the National Board Certification in Massage Therapy and Body Work
Owner of Athena Therapeutic Message, Sheboygan, WI & Life-Long artist
If you're looking for a holistic integrative approach that’s tailored to the needs of your body, I just might be a good fit. As an experienced therapeutic massage practitioner I have been helping my clients with increased body movement, neck, back, shoulder and joint issues, pain management, cancer recovery, lymphedema, pre and post surgery and more. Other benefits of therapeutic massage include boosting your all your body’s systems: circulatory, digestive, integumentary, muscular, immune, respiratory, skeletal, endocrine, urinary and nervous systems.
My approach is different than a typical spa experience because my treatments/services draw upon my education in body work, medical massage and specialized soft tissue techniques. Each time we work together we create a focused session for your specific needs that day. My goal is to help your body improve its ability to heal itself and set you up to feel your best.
When you take care of your body, you lift your spirits! Your success is my success.
by Lolly Rzezortarski
Who is Athena? the goddess of wisdom. Known as a protector and a great warrior. I was inspired by the whimsical nature of the sculpture above and decided to call my business Athena. It’s a fun reminder that when we nurture our inner god or goddess, we can unleash the wellness warrior within and find our way to better health.
Athena Therapeutic Treatments & Specialties
MARNITZ THERAPY • PRECISION NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY • MEDI CUPPING • CONGESTIVE LYMPHEDEMA & LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY • CRANIO SACRAL • CANCER/MASTECTOMY/SURGERY • BIOMAT • KINESIO TAPING • AROMATHERAPY
Marnitz Therapy is a "deep tissue" technique for the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nervous system without being deep in discomfort. Using pressure-impulse touch to treat above and below the primary pain area this therapy involves the entire ”head to toe” segment (Reflex Arc pathway) resulting in deep relaxation and dissolving long held pain patterns.
Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) is an approach to musculoskeletal pain that focuses on accurately assessing areas involved in pain and treating them precisely. I use many different techniques to treat the soft tissue: muscles, ligaments, fascia, tendons, and nerves which focus on moving them through pressure, compression, elongation, shortening, sliding, suction, and more. I assess, test, and treat your musculoskeletal pain to help get you on your way to a healthier life.
Is your body retaining fluid? Medi Cupping™ gently facilitates movement of the fluids in your body without causing discomfort or leaving marks on your skin. Medi Cupping separates congested tissues to increase fluid movement (blood and lymph) to the stressed and compromised tissue. This separation enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments).
CONGESTIVE LYMPHEDEMA & LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY
I am a certified in Lymphedema & Lymphatic Therapies. Lymphatic Therapy will help you pre/post surgery for cosmetic procedures like liposuction, 360s, and BBLs. In addition, I am a certified in Congestive Lymphedema Therapist through the Chikly Health Institute and University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management program. I help you maintain your measurements once you have finished your PT/OT sessions using the above techniques along with the Marnitz Therapy. Together we will help you feel your best.
Cranial Sacral or Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) is a hands-on, holistic healing practice that uses light pressure to work with the central nervous system. Through the subtlety of touch (less than 5 grams or the weight of a nickel), CST focuses on encouraging restricted tissues to release and allow the natural healing ability of the body to take place.
Massage and bodywork cannot cure cancer but it can offer greatly needed relief and enhance quality of life and make a significant contribution to your healing process. Adaptation of the different massage modalities I have extensively trained in will safely nurture the body, mind, and spirit of anyone dealing with cancer.
AND THERE’S EVEN MORE VALUE
Every Body Benefits!
Here are a few of the extras I offer my clients.
They are just wonderful and I want you to enjoy them!
Amethyst Richway BioMat®
The BioMat® is a unique medical device combining Far Infrared Rays (FIR), negative ions & amethyst crystals to produce deep penetrating light energy and heat for a maximum sense of well being and a healing experience. Add the BioMat® to your session with no extra cost.
Kinesio Taping® or K-Tape is a therapeutic taping method used to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. This taping can be used on acute, sub acute, rehabilitative or chronic conditions. It is excellent for lymphedema, liposuction and post surgeries.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils, the aromatic extracts of plants and flowers, for health and well-being. Each essential oil has a unique chemical composition to promote healing and support the body’s balance and harmony mentally, physically, and emotionally through structural and electrical alignment of the body. I offer essential oils at no extra charge.
“Thank you Katherine! I thoroughly enjoyed the work you did. Thank for the special attention to the "trouble" areas. And for spending the time to evaluate some of my problem areas and help me to understand what might be happening to cause the "problem" and suggesting ways to assist in improvement. Looking forward to my next massage.."
by Sandra on Aug 04
July 7, 2022
We appreciated the explanation of and suggestions of what else we can do for the injury
September 23, 2022
Katherine concentrated on the areas that I mentioned were a problem... She listened!!! I liked when she worked down the arms all the way to the fingertips... again, I would recommend her to EVERYONE!!!
December 25, 2022
Katherine understood my complicated symptoms and helped greatly in pain relief. She used the Marnitz technique which was fantastic.
January 4, 2023
Katherine was at once both warmly personable and astutely professional. I was elieved of some nagging pain.though I'm a work in progress. Katherine's gentle education compliments what I have learned through PT. I'm looking forward to working with her to make more progress.
July 7, 2022
I thought Katherine was very attuned and attentive to my needs and requests to focus on areas where there is stiffness and pain. She provided helpful feedback regarding my body's response in a way that was respectful and kind.
October 14, 2022
Ella es muy amable y profesional en su trabajo
January 5, 2023
Katherine is extremely knowledgeable about the human body and has many options/ techniques to use depending on the issue. She always asks for a a review of how I'm feeling before we start, any new issues that have come up that need to be addressed. Her room is always clean, fresh and has excellent energy moving through it! Not only are the sheets toasty warm from the biomat underneath, but she has heated rice packs for my hands and feet as well for extra comfort. I'm already counting down the days until my next apt.! Liz N.
August 4, 2022
Thank you Katherine! I thoroughly enjoyed the work you did. Thank for the special attention to the "trouble" areas. And for spending the time to evaluate some of my problem areas and help me to understand what might be happening to cause the "problem" and suggesting ways to assist in improvement. Looking forward to my next massage.
October 22, 2022
Beautiful location, caring therapist who listened to what I wanted the experience to be, I felt so wonderful after the massage. 10 out of 10! Highly recommend. Kat went above and beyond to give advice and try to help my very stressed out back muscles.
January 9, 2023
I went to my appointment with back/hip area pain, slightly hunched over. I left my appointment feeling relieved of the intense pain and standing taller. The therapy was specifically targeted to the area of pain which also involved addressing my specific points on my feet, legs and buttocks. The body is all connected. Katherine knows the body and the techniques required for healing. Highly recommend her approach to healing the body.