Kathleen Wing, LMT, BCTMB
Licensed Massage Therapist, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Kathleen is a nationally board certified massage therapist and bodyworker. During two years of volunteer service in a hospital clinic in South America she came to realize the power of positive touch, especially in a clinical setting. The experience inspired her to pursue a career in massage therapy, with a particular interest in serving medically complex clients.
In June 2008, Kathleen received her certification from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York, where she developed an informed reverence for the body. This rigorous training program provided her with 1,000 hours of instruction and a variety of opportunities to use massage: from clinical experience in the Cayuga Regional Medical Center's Post-Operative wing to post-event sports massage for a half-marathon at Cornell University. She enhanced her understanding of massage therapy with continuing education workshops in Zen Shiatsu (Japanese bodywork), Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian bodywork), Perinatal Massage with Amy Hopkins and Carol Osborne Sheets and began her oncology specialization with Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer with Tracy Walton in 2011.
In January 2011 Kathleen completed the Acupressure Therapy Institute's 730-hour certification program in Acupressure Shiatsu. She expanded her knowledge of applying principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to bodywork through two weeks of Seminars and Clinical experience at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China in 2010 and through a workshop on the Dan Tien (Abdomen) with instructor Kiiko Matsumoto in 2011.
Kathleen completed Level 1 of the Upledger Craniosacral Therapy and training in Thai Yoga Bodywork in 2012. Later that year, she deepened her practice with training in Oncology Massage in a Hospital Setting in 2012, held at Oregon Health Sciences University. That sealed her relationship with oncology massage. Her specialized training has come formally and informally from Tracy Walton, Gayle MacDonald, Isabel Adkins, Jamie Elswick, Lauren Muser-Cates, Mary Kathleen Rose, Irene Smith, Bruce Hopkins and also many peer-collaborators since 2012.
Kathleen established her massage therapy practice in 2008 at Sanctuary Holistic Health Center in Yarmouth, became Assistant Manager of the Center and then General Manager. She taught Medical Terminology, Introduction to Massage, and Pathology for Massage Therapists at Seacoast Career Schools. She continues to offer informational public presentations presentations for clinicians about the role of Massage Therapy in an Integrative Medicine setting. She was a speaker at the Northeast College Counseling Center Directors' Annual Conference at Bowdoin College in 2011.
Kathleen has served as an Oncology Massage Therapist at the Dempsey Center since 2013, and became Manager of Complementary Therapies, including oncology massage, Reiki and Acupuncture, in 2018. The Dempsey Center’s Oncology Massage Therapy program is unique in Maine. Its staff includes licensed massage therapists with extensive professional experience working with cancer patients in a variety of hospital-based and clinical settings. Specialized oncology massage therapy trainings completed by the staff are approved by the Society for Oncology Massage, a national organization promoting research, education, and consistent standards of care. Oncology massage therapists integrate input from clients’ oncology medical teams in devising and adapting treatment plans as needed.
Kathleen is a Member of and Regional Champion for the Society for Oncology Massage.
Kathleen is deeply committed to supporting clients in their individual journeys, and offers her work with the intention that it support a deeper awareness of whole self and the individual expression of resilience for each person she welcomes to her table.
In her spare time Kathleen enjoys community theater, community supported agriculture, contradance, singing, labyrinths, snowshoeing and kayaking. She tolerates stacking wood, sugaring, and weeding. She is learning the fiddle, and tries to fit in a good hike with her husband and two little girls whenever she can.