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Mind, Body and Spirit Part of Transformational Movement and Massage

By Jake Levin

Transformational Movement and Massage could never have come about if not for the transformation in Kristen "Kai" Hoye's career in her mid-20s.

Prior to opening up Transformational Movement and Massage in Santa Barbara, Calif. 14 years ago, Hoye worked in the fast-paced criminal justice reform system of The Bronx. Then in her mid-20s, as a result of the pressures of her work, Hoye recalls feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders and being close to burnout. Seeking something different, she reached out to a friend who introduced her to insight meditation, and the conversation changed her life forever.

"Meditation reset my nervous system, improved my physical and emotional health and provided me mental clarity which inspired my completion of a Masters in Social Work degree," Hoye said.

Kai Hoye

It was in graduate school that Hoye worked with a progressive professor who developed a curriculum in "Spiritual Practices and Social Work." That class inspired Hoye to begin studying the healing arts of massage, energy work and movement as valuable forms of holistic therapy, all of which lay the foundation for which Transformational Movement and Massage is built upon.

Hoye works with her clients on a predominantly individual basis and refers to her work as the namesake of the company, Transformational Movement and Massage. This includes Kripalu-style yoga, qi-gong, Esalen & Thai Massage, energy work and sound healing.

The work engages clients on the five key components of successful aging as well, which Hoye lists as developing stress management techniques, exercising, eating healthy, having positive social practices and doing brain fitness activities.

"My clients express their intentions, needs and goals, and together we co-create a "Transformational Movement and Massage" session which incorporates these five key components to successful aging," Hoye said.

Hoye empowers her clients to help shape their own sessions by choosing a combination of rejuvenating Esalen Massage, deep tissue massage, and energy work. She specializes in working with clients who are struggling with PTSD, depression and anaxiety, and utilizes sound and movement therapy to assist with resetting and balancing their nervous system and releasing past trauma.

"If a client is looking for a holistic approach towards health and wellness, and has a thirst to learn tools to create a successfully aging life, than we could be a great fit," Hoye said.

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