Kim Burnick graduated from the Massage Therapy & Bodywork program at Berkshire Community College with various accolades and has been working in the spa industry ever since. Perhaps her greatest feat though was raising two children who are now teenagers. Kim brings her nurturing and technical skills to each massage session treating a wide range of neuromuscular dysfunctions. She offers chair massage at sports events for Energy Rising in the Berkshires and excels at deep tissue as well as hot stone services. Kim joined Energy Rising in October of 2011 rounding out a team that includes Misha Forrester, Meghan Harrison and Todd Fiorentino. Kim is looking forward to serving the Pittsfield community, and is especially enthusiastic about sports massage for athletes.
Misha Forrester is a Licensed Massage Therapist with highly specialized trainings in The Feldenkrais Method® and RestorativeMassage, which uses manual lymphatic drainage (Vodder technique) as a foundation. Her background in these unique, gentle but powerful modalities is an excellent adjunct to the deep tissue work done at Energy Rising.
Misha has been involved in the Feldenkrais Method® for more than a decade. Originally, she served as a client and transcriber for advanced trainings. More recently, Misha became a teacher of Awareness Through Movement® and a practitioner of Functional Integration®. Functional Integration® involves light touch, subtle adjustments and flowing joint movements to re-educate nerve pathways for optimal function. The therapist works one-on-one with the client who is fully clothed. It encourages rehabilitation from many injuries (including stroke) and is utilized by many performers and athletes seeking greater kinesthetic awareness. Internationally known, the Feldenkrais Method® reduces pain while providing greater range of motion with long lasting effects.
Misha’s Restorative Massage with its foundation in manual lymphatic drainage, softly flushes toxins from the immune system. These toxins can cause fatigue or sluggishness, lingering colds and inflammation. Primarily a skin and interstitial fluid technique, it has deeply relaxing properties and is often recommended for those with sensitivities such as fibromyalgia or sleep problems. This is a great modality for wellness upkeep.
Energy Rising welcomes Misha to the practice.
Rebecca Schirber finds that healthy lifestyle practices coupled with acupuncture significantly mitigate chronic pain and illness such as: depression, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and blood sugar imbalances. Rebecca teaches healthy lifestyle practices in the treatment room as well as to families in short and day-long workshops.
Rebecca’s unique approach integrates acupuncture, diet, exercise and meditation. She holds master’s degrees in both Acupuncture and Physical Rehabilitation Counseling. Her professional background includes 17 years of experience in the mental health field, along with six years as a professional chef. As part of her practice as a chef, Rebecca has been refining a holistic approach to menu planning and meal preparation, and offers food selections to address health concerns such as gluten and dairy sensitivities.
Rebecca is also certified in Somatic Movement Therapy and Acupressure. Personal development and self-awareness are important to Rebecca. She recognizes that being open to learning in relationships can deepen our connection to ourselves and others.
After 30 years as an educator in the Berkshires, Bob completed the Massage Program at Berkshire Community College and joined the Energy Rising team. His perspective on massage is that it should be accessible and affordable because people need stress relief, and hopefully, he says, clients will be able to transmit that feeling of centeredness to their individual lives. Through breath-work and visualization, Bob coaxes the body into relaxation. He checks in and does a kind of body scan to feel for areas of restriction that need attention. As a swimmer himself, he feels especially suited to help athletes through sports massage. Bob is a veteran who is active with the Christian Center and Habitat for Humanity locally; he also volunteers his services for hospice. He teaches massage in Spanish in Honduras each year at a rehabilitation facility bringing the bodywork message international. Bob is always looking to learn and develop, and really seeks to make a strong contribution to the field.
Jennifer Barry entered the massage world following an injury of her own. After a particularly rigorous day of landscape gardening, Jen found herself with a shoulder problem. Massage therapy helped in her rehabilitation process.
As a result, Jen studied massage professionally and excelled in the program. She enjoys working with people in pain such as sports injuries and slipped disc cases. Jen also offers pregnancy massage to help expectant mothers or for issues that may result following child birth.
Jen fully believes in the power of massage as she’s seen it work many times. She feels that it complements physical therapy and chiropractic while being a valid and important field of study and inquiry on its own. Come see Jen for a stress relief session, sports injury, pregnancy massage and more! As of now, she has completed Reiki level I for energy work and a variety of medical massage electives including low-back, neck, shoulder as well as carpal tunnel and TMJ dysfunction.