Coming Soon To TULA Movement Arts: Deep Chill


Join Proud Peacock Yoga and Sole Purpose Massage on August 23rd, for Deep Chill, a restorative yoga + massage experience. This 90 minute practice is designed to nourish and deeply restore your body and mind. Deep Chill involves resting in supported yoga poses while receiving gentle massage to further relax and open the body. Deep Chill creates a container for each person to experience deep, rejuvenating rest, so that they can go back into the world feeling whole. Visit TULA’s website to register.

When:Friday, August 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30pm

Cost: $40

Where: Tula Movement Arts: 2797 NW Clearwater Drive in their new Suite 500 space

Registration is limited to ten people!

A little bit about us: Nicole Baumann is a 500 hour RYT and proprietress of Proud Peacock Yoga. She teaches weekly at the Yoga Lab, leads chair yoga classes in Bend, and combines her love of music and movement by teaching yoga at music festivals throughout Oregon. Karyn Verzwyvelt is Bend’s barefoot massage specialist, and has grown a dedicated following of clients at her practice, Sole Purpose Massage. She has spent the last six years focusing on combining therapeutic massage techniques with her passion for barefoot massage modalities. She continues to add to her therapeutic tool box by studying plant folk medicine and restorative movement therapies.
For registrants: Please make sure to wear tight fitting yoga or athletic clothing such as a tank top or T-shirt, with a warmer layer such as a cardigan for warmth. We also recommend wearing socks to keep your feet cozy! Additionally, we’ll be sending each participant a health related intake form. Please fill it out and email it back to us before class so we can ask you any questions about your intake privately before the class.

We look forward to sharing a relaxing and restorative experience with you!

Taking Care of the Men in Our Lives with Massage

June 10th kicks off Men’s Health Week—a weeklong celebration leading up to Father’s Day that promotes healthy lifestyle choices for the men in our lives. If you’re looking for a way to encourage your Dad/partner/husband this year, we offer an easy, convenient solution to introduce him to the healing power of regular massage. It’s been proven to help with sleep, alleviate anxiety, depression, hypertension and other common aches and pains, so why not let us help?

Purchase a gift certificate for a massage through our website, and let Dad experience firsthand how it can improve his life for many years to come!

Coming Soon To Life.Love.Yoga in Sisters: Deep Chill

It’s finally happening! On June 15th Proud Peacock Yoga and Sole Purpose Massage are teaming up for our first Deep Chill yoga + massage class. This 90 minute class is designed to nourish and deeply restore your body and mind. Deep Chill involves resting in supported yoga poses while receiving gentle massage to further relax and open the body. Visit Life.Love.Yoga to register.

When: Saturday, June 15th from 6:30-8pm

Cost: $40

Space is limited to ten people!


Welcome, Kelsey!

Sole Purpose Massage is excited to welcome Kelsey to our practice. Kelsey is a graduate of the Ashland Institute of Massage. Her passion for bodywork stems from her own healing experience of the effects massage therapy has on performance and injury repair.  She enjoys helping others feel better in their bodies and believes receiving massage is fundamental to achieving balance, health and happiness. 

During sessions she blends a variety of techniques such as Ashiatsu barefoot massage, Myofascial therapy, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Thai massage and cupping. Kelsey emphasizes her love for Ashiatsu and the ability it has to decrease pain while promoting deep relaxation and rejuvenation.  Kelsey aims to create the most optimum level of care for each client as she possibly can.

During her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, practicing yoga, swimming and cruising around on the SUP board.

You can book with Kelsey on Sundays and Tuesdays beginning on February 12th.


New Yoga + Massage Class Announced—Deep Chill

Join Nicole Baumann, RYT 500 and Karyn Verzwyvelt, LMT for a restorative yoga and massage class that will deeply relax your body and mind. Join us for Deep Chill!

This 75 minute hands on workshop will involve resting in supported yoga poses while receiving gentle massage to further relax and open the body. There are only five spaces in this workshop so reserve yours by emailing

Cost: $35 per person


Healing Plantar Fasciitis--Resources

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I'm not sure why, but as the season changed and fall settled in, so did a lot of plantar fasciitis (PF). I'm seeing several clients who are dealing with this problem and hearing about many more friends and family who also are suffering.  The causes can be complex and treatment requires a willingness to experiment with treatments to find out what is effective for you, followed by consistency. The good news is, if given proper treatment and time, your body will heal.

With that in mind, here are a few resources you may want to check out for yourself if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Katy Says...Plantar Fasciitis & Tight Hams (A great blog with links to exercises and a book by my favorite biomechanist.)

Plantar Fasciitis--Prevention, Treatment, & Healing Techniques This blog is a huge informational resource for the curious.

Remember to stay curious and consistent. Find out what works best for you by trial and elimination, try new therapies for at least 5-7 days and observe any changes before moving on to the next thing. Good luck!

Sole Purpose Massage Owner Featured as DeepFeet Graduate of the Month

DeepFeet is an Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage training and certification organization and in November 2017 they honored me as their Graduate of the Month. "We are extremely proud to announce our November graduate of the month: Karyn Verzwyvelt from Sole Purpose Massage."


Karyn lives in Bend, Oregon where she loves to garden, explore the outdoors and massage with her feet! She has a thriving practice named Sole Purpose Massage where she pushes the envelope with her Ashiatsu skills. Karyn works on many athletic clients and has created some innovative approaches to barefoot massage that are beyond any training she has learned in class, she's a truly one of a kind!

Thanks Karyn for showing your awesomeness and
stepping up in your career!

Learn more about Karyn's journey:

New Treatment! Try Reiki + Restorative Massage


Yin and Yang are one of the most fundamental concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  When referring to a type of energy, Yin is more restorative and Yang is very active. During the spring and summer months, when we tend to push ourselves and go, go, go, Yang is the predominate energy. To stay in balance, cultivating Yin, or restoring our energy reserves is important to maintaining our health and well-being.

With this in mind, I've created a restorative and restful massage that includes Reiki energy work. During this massage you remain fully clothed while I use gentle rocking, slow compression, and joint mobilization to reset your nervous system. Thirty minutes of Reiki is included with the massage which ends with a deeply relaxing head massage. Refill your energy reserves and get back outside this summer.

If you've never heard of Reiki, it is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Reiki practitioners go through an attunement process which has three levels. During the last year I received level 1 and 2 attunements, which allows me to give Reiki to clients.


Self-Care Tool Box

Flight attendants remind us about self-care every time we fly. "Should the cabin lose pressure, put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others." An unusual analogy perhaps, but a poignant one. If we don't give ourselves the care we need to function in healthy ways, what will we have left to give to others in our lives? With that in mind here are some self-care resources that I find useful or just plain intriguing.

Nutritious Movement. You are how you move.

Active Isolated Stretching Upper Body Routine
Active Isolated Stretching Lower Body Routine

Healthy Sleep & Why Sleep Matters

We Are Designed to Move--Why Movement is Important

Research Shows Mindfulness Training Has Surprising Health Benefits

Let's Celebrate Year Two!

In celebration of my 2-year anniversary, all massage 3-packs purchased during the month of June are 15% off the regular massage price. That’s right! A 3-pack of 60 minute massages is only $204 during the month of June ($68 each!), 90 minute 3-packs are $280.50 and 2 Hour 3-packs are $357. Plan ahead, buy a 3-pack of your choice, and enjoy massage all summer long! Purchases can be made through my Square Online Store or in person after your appointment.

Thank you for your continued support and two wonderful years of business!

A Balanced Body Starts at the Feet!

Seldom thought of and often neglected, our feet are the literal foundation of our bodies. What is it about the feet that makes them so important? For starters, feet provide a base that supports, aligns, and cushions our muscular and skeletal systems. They transfer all the force from our bodies into the ground and back up into our joints. If the feet and ankles don't move properly, the muscles surrounding our knees and hips try to compensate for the lack of mobility in our feet.

The stronger your feet, the stronger your foundation is for everything you do, be it running, cycling, hiking, etc. Strengthening your feet will help alleviate and prevent pain throughout the rest of your body. Here are five foot-focused exercises that take about five minutes to complete. Put a little extra spring in your step by giving your feet the attention they deserve.

Caring for Our Core Makes Everything Better

First and foremost, our core is not just our abdominal muscles, but all the muscles that move, support, and stabilize the spine, illustrated in the photo to the right.

What are the benefits of a strong core?
Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles. Yoga, ballet, running, kickboxing, and everything in between are made easier when your core is strong. A strong core also helps to prevent and reduce back pain, improves posture, athletic performance and balance, and reduces the risk of injuries from everyday activities.

How can I strengthen my core?
Yoga and Pilates classes are great core strengtheners, as are isometric exercises like the Plank and Bridge poses. The Internet is full of posters and videos of various core strengthening exercises. Decide whether you need beginner, intermediate, or advanced exercises and follow your chosen routine at least three times per week. 

A strong core means less low back and hip pain, better balance, and the ability to move through daily activities with ease. Core self-care will complement massage work on the back, hips and legs, increasing the benefits you receive during your massage session.

Foam Rolling Jokes

During massage, I often ask clients if they use a foam roller for myofascial release between their massage sessions. Most of the time they answer, "Well, I have one, but it hurts, so I don't use it." The benefits of foam-rolling aside, if you have something, and don't use it, it's not really doing you any good. I was amused enough that I decided to have some t-shirts made for clients that reflected the humor of the situation. This image was the runner up for my t-shirt design. The winning design will be released in a few short weeks!

Register for a Valentine's Day Partner Massage Playshop

Looking for a unique gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day? Join us for a Valentine’s Day Partner Massage Playshop from 1-3pm at Sole Purpose Massage in downtown Bend.

Learn simple, fun, and relaxing massage techniques to connect you to your partner, friends, or loved ones through the healing power of touch.  

Licensed Massage Therapist Karyn Verzwyvelt will guide partners through giving and receiving a relaxing, yet therapeutic massage. Receivers will be fully clothed, lying comfortably on blankets on the floor (a nest that can easily be re-created at home). Participants will learn how to give massage in a way that does not harm or fatigue their body and leave with tools to share the healing art of massage with other friends and family, including a detailed handout.  Class will consist of demonstrations, expert guidance, massage practice and of course chocolates and sparkling wine!  Enjoy this light-hearted event with opportunities to deeply connect to each other.

Space is limited, so register soon! Participants must sign up with a friend (best buddy, family member, or significant other).

The cost is $50 per couple until February 7th; $60 each thereafter. Register and make payment by clicking on the photo above which will take you to my secure Square account. Please include the names of both people who are being registered in the "Write a note to the seller" box in your shopping cart. You can also opt to email the names of attendees to Karyn at or by register by calling (541) 610-8622.

Extra Details:

  • Please dress comfortably. Yoga clothes are perfect!
  • No previous massage experience needed.
  • Participants register and attend in pairs.
  • Participants should bring an exercise or yoga mat, 2 thick blankets, 2-3 full-size pillows, 2 bath towels for comfortably positioning the body on the floor.

Shop Small Nov. 28th + Fall News


Imagine Your Best Year Yet

Like many people, I look back over the year as it draws to an end to reflect and set goals for the future. I thought it would be fun to share some statistics from the current year and a few of my dreams for the coming year. More on both of those things below.

Do you know someone who needs a massage? Your recommendations are always deeply appreciated. Why not give them a gift certificate to make sure they get one? This Saturday, November 28th, all gift certificates or massage 3-packs purchased online will have a mini Best Foot Forward treatment added on for free. Massages make great gifts for yourself or someone else!

Finally, to kick off the cold weather season, I've brought back the immune boosting Synergy Massage. It is 90 minutes of hot stone, essential oil, massage bliss. I hope to see you again before 2016!

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a healthy 2016!

In honor of Small Business Saturday and as a thank you for shopping small, each gift certificate or massage 3-pack purchased on November 28, 2015, will have a mini Best Foot Forward treatment added to it. The Best Foot Forward treatment includes a lemongrass sugar foot scrub, organic shea butter moisturizer, and 15 minutes of massage focused on your feet. Your local dollars go further and because you supported a small business, so will your massage time!

A Snapshot of 2015:Photo by Pete Erickson
  • YTD Massages Given: 525
  • Continuing Education Hours Completed: Thirty-five (Only twelve are required.) This year it was Myofascial Release Techniques for the Head, Neck, and Jaw, Myofascial Release Techniques for the Lower Leg and Foot, and a Reiki I attunement
  • Knots Tied: 1 (See photo above.)
  • Knots Released: 10,515
  • Goodwill Shared: Donations were made to the Assistance League of Bend, Guide Dogs for the Blind, AIDS/Lifecycle, CRAFT Cats, Deschutes Multi-sport Club, and the Oregon Natural Desert Association.
  • Plans for Next Year: In 2016 Sole Purpose Massage will continue to grow and I will find an amazing therapist to join the Sole Purpose Massage team. If this comes to fruition, my goal is to be able to offer some of Bend's best therapeutic massage 7 days per week with expanded hours. I plan to focus on learning more about injury assessment and treatment, as well as advance my Ashiatsu training, and finally, I plan to start offering continuing education classes for other massage therapists. 2016 holds a lot of promise!
The Synergy Massage: Hot Stones + Immune Boosting Essential Oils + Warm Coconut Oil = Pure Bliss
Do shorter days leave you feeling rough around the edges? A Synergy Massage will make everything better! Start with an immune boosting dry-body brushing, followed by an application of warm coconut oil, paving the way for essential oil infused, warm, smooth stones to melt away the blues. This deluxe treatment is 90 minutes of bliss! The Synergy Massage boosts immunity, relaxes the nervous system, and leaves your skin smooth and glowing. Book yours today!
Thank you for being such an important part of Sole Purpose Massage. Your trust, recommendations and support are a gift and I appreciate each of you immensely. I look forward to continuing our work to keep your body healthy and feeling its best.

Click on the photos to purchase gift certificates online and don't forget about the Small Business Saturday bonus on November 28th!

Thank You! Sole Purpose Massage Celebrates It's First Anniversary

This month, I celebrate my first anniversary as Sole Purpose Massage. So, dear clients, thank you for making my first year in business such a sweet success! Helping you to feel better in your bodies, to move more freely, and to heal from injury is what keeps me passionate and inspired for this work I do.  To mark this occasion, I am launching two new services: Ashi-Thai massage and a summer treat for your feet called "Put Your Best Food Forward."

What is Ashi-Thai Massage? This extraordinary massage gives you the physical benefits of yoga combined with the relaxation of massage. Ashi-Thai is an expression of traditional Thai stretches that have been modified for use with Ashiatsu bars. This massage is recommended for sports recovery, improved flexibility, and relaxation. Ashi-Thai sessions are 90 minutes long and are performed fully clothed, so please come prepared with yoga or workout clothing.

About 'Put Your Best Foot Forward': Put the focus on your feet and lower legs in this 30-minute, summer inspired massage treatment. Start with a homemade citrus-thyme scrub and refreshing hot towel wrap, followed by deep, focused massage on the calves, feet and toes, ending with an application of organic Shea butter to keep your skin hydrated and feeling smooth and soft. Your feet will thank you!

If you haven't yet tried Ashiatsu barefoot massage, come and see why it is called "the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet." Once you try it, you'll be hooked! Cheers to keeping things growing and rolling in year two!