Karen Small...Creating space for healing and change
Certified Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals



Training, Qualifications, Certifications and Association Memberships

  • B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, graduated with honors
  • Graduated with honors from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (650 hours)
  • Licensed massage therapist as of February 2007 in Rhode Island (#MT01391)
  • Yoga Teacher, graduated May 2016 from True Self Academy, Waterford, CT. Training focused on teaching Gentle, Moderate, Vigorous, Flow and Restorative Yoga classes, as well as Yoga Nidra.
  • Previously Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB)
  • Certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Trained in Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery (through Veterans Yoga Project): yoga for veterans and others who are coping with PTSD (15 hours)
  • Trained in Lymph Drainage Therapy developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, Chikly Health Institute (Levels 1, 2, 3, and Advanced, 98 hours total)
  • Training in Visceral Manipulation developed by J.P Barral, DO (Barral Institute) (Levels 1-5, including repeats, Advanced Thorax and Listening Techniques, 204 hours total)
  • Training in Visceral Vascular Manipulation developed by J.P Barral, DO and Alain Croibier, DO (Barral Institute) (Lower Body, 18 hours)
  • Training in Neural Manipulation developed by J.P Barral, DO and Alain Croibier, DO (Barral Institute) (Levels 1, 2 and 3, 54 hours total)
  • Trained in Brain Therapy developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, Chikly Health Institute (Levels 1 and 2, 42 hours)
  • Trained in CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute (Level 1 and 2, 48 hours total)
  • Trained in prenatal massage through MotherMassage® (21 hours)
  • Trained in Myofascial Release Massage through the advanced training (60 hours) with Howard Rontal
  • Training in Ortho-Bionomy®, a technique that uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate changes of stress and pain patterns (14 hours)
  • Trained in body reading and using fascial/structural integration techniques in Anatomy Trains® Myofascial Meridians classes, including an intensive on hip muscles
  • Trained in Orthopedic/Clinical Massage with James Waslaski, Upper Body Conditions (20 hours)
  • Reiki Master/Teacher
  • Certified Advanced Practitioner of Equine Natural Movement (500 hours training)

Current Pursuits and Upcoming Training


My professional office is located in an addition to my home on South Woody Hill Road. I am available weekdays by appointment only. Below are photos of my home office:

My home Herb garden entrance to the office office view of conversation area and table office view of conversation area office view of dressing area office view of table and work area
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Wellness is so much more than the absence of illness...
It is a path towards a healthy balance in mind, body and spirit.
Regularly receiving bodywork is a fundamental step along that path.

Karen Small
Licensed Massage Therapist
Westerly, RI

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