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: http://www.deepfeet.com/deepfeet-alumni/grad-of-the-month/

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.


Sole Purpose Massage Seeks Talented Massage Therapist to Grow with Us


Bend’s Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Specialty Studio is growing and we’re looking for a talented massage therapist to join us! We’ll take care of all the marketing, scheduling and studio expenses. You do massage in a low-drama, supportive environment.

About Sole Purpose Massage: We are Bend’s only massage studio specializing in Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage. We are primarily a therapeutic massage studio, but we also give clients the best of both worlds, with massages that get results and leave them feeling relaxed and amazing. Each massage is as unique as the client and may incorporate elements of barefoot massage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular work, myofascial release techniques, Thai stretching, hot stones, or essential oils.

I am looking for someone who is skilled, creative, and comfortable providing treatment-based massage that also feels good. The ideal candidate will have a desire to learn Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage and be willing to attend an Ashiatsu Barefoot Basics training in Portland, Oregon. A solid combination of other massage modalities and techniques is desirable and can substitute for the Ashiatsu training. A solid knowledge of the body and a creative and holistic approach to treatment is desired, along with a thorough knowledge of several massage modalities. Modalities could include any of the following and other specialties the practitioner may have: Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Thai, NMT, Fijian, etc.

Job Overview

Perform a thorough intake, include assessment if needed, perform therapeutic massage treatments to our clients, keep accurate SOAP notes, and take payments.

The ideal candidate must possess excellent communication skills, must hold and maintain a current state license, and have their own liability insurance.

General Responsibilities

  • Be on time for your shift, prompt with each appointment and perform services within the appropriate time allotted for the service.
  • Properly care for equipment and use proper amounts of product.
  • Uphold the standards of sanitation and sterilization as directed by law.
  • Perform prep work, & properly clean and restock room as required.
  • Handle client’s questions and concerns professionally and courteously.
  • Attend support training and staff meetings as needed.

Job Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must hold and maintain a current Oregon massage license.
  • Must be available to work agreed upon hours, likely weekday mornings to early afternoon.
  • Must possess the ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Insurance billing experience is not required but is desirable.


  • Training in some of the following modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, Trigger Point Therapy, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Prenatal Massage, or Reiki. (Other modalities not listed here are also desirable.)
  • Must have excellent communication and listening skills, as well as basic computer knowledge.
  • At least one year of massage experience is preferred.


Compensation will be dependent on skills and experience, but will be in the range of $28-35 per massage hour plus tips.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to karynvlmt@massagetherapy.com and tell me what skill set or inspiration makes your work stand out as a massage therapist.

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 karynvlmt@gmail.com 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!

With Massage and Exercise, Consistency is Key

As we switch gears from the bleak, cold of winter, to the green, warmth of spring, there is no better time to re-group, re-prioritize, and re-commit to living a healthy and balanced life. Massage can be instrumental in helping you achieve your health goals, but like exercise, it is most effective if done regularly.  I recommend monthly maintenance massage for all clients to help manage stress, maintain mobility, increase energy, and improve sleep. For clients who are very active, training for athletic events, or are working on correcting postural problems, weekly or biweekly (2X/month) visits are ideal.

Regular massage can be a lifesaver for those with conditions such as plantar fascitis, headaches, sciatica, low back pain, rotator cuff injuries, and tendonitits. It is also useful for reducing anxiety and stress, decreasing blood pressure, and improving sleep.

Making massage a part of your regularly-scheduled self-care can play a huge role in maintaining health over the long-term. Budgeting time and money for massage at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And aren't your worth it? (Hint: Of course you are!)

Try Ashiatsu Massage for Only $20!

Sole Purpose Massage announces its 2015 schedule of Ashiatsu Demo Days

Ashiatsu is a unique approach to deep tissue massage. Using the feet, and assisted by gravity, this massage works deep muscle layers without being painful. As a massage therapist, I have become an Ashiatsu crusader because I have seen the remarkable benefits of this type of body work for nagging back, shoulder and hip pain, for muscle soreness related to athletic endeavors, and when combined with stretching, for increased movement and range of motion in the body. The feet are an amazing massage tool and I want to share this healing work with everyone!

Since Ashiatsu is a very specialized form of massage, many people who might benefit from it have never heard of it before. To help remedy this situation, I am offering four Ashiatsu Demo Days at my studio in 2015. Demonstrations will be 20 minutes in length and will allow those curious about Ashiatsu to experience this amazing massage firsthand. Best of all, demonstrations are only $20! Reservations for these dates are limited to 6 people each day and you must call 541-610-8622 in advance to reserve your spot.

Dates are: February 7th, May 2nd, August 8th, and November 7, 2015. I look forward to introducing more people to the benefits of Ashiastu DeepFeet Bar Therapy.

Fall is No Match for the Synergy Massage

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 warm, smooth stones to melt away the blues. This deluxe treatment wraps up with a 1 hour massage for a total of 90 minutes of bliss!  The Synergy Massage also boosts immunity and leaves your skin smooth and glowing.  Book yours now.