Karlee - Sports Ambassador & Licensed Massage Therapist
Who are you?
My name is Karlee Hackett. I grew up in a small beach town in Connecticut. I have played soccer since I was 8 years old and played right up through college, where I played at the D3 level for the University of New England. It is from there that I got my Bachelors in Medical Biology. We’re a big soccer family; my father and both of my brothers play as well, one coaches now and the other is a D1 goalkeeper at Sacred Heart. I’ve always loved sports, especially watching hockey (which I wish I played but couldn’t because of soccer) and football. I did crossfit for awhile and now just try to find different ways to stay active in addition to running. I’m a big nerd when it comes to all things medical and massage; I like to read all kinds of books and articles related to the subjects. Most days I’m just a coffee fueled goofball, keeping my friends and family laughing.
Why did you become a massage therapist?
After I graduated college, I knew I wanted to be in healthcare but I did not want to continue on to Medical School. I wanted to work with people more closely than I saw doctors did. I toyed with idea of a second bachelors in Nursing, but then Massage School became a possibility and it was definitely the best fit for me. It allows me to continue working in the health and wellness field while retaining a more hands on approach with my clients.
Where and when did you go to school?
I attended the University of New England from 2005-2009 and the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy from 2010-2012.
What modalities do you specialize in?
The modalities I specialize in are: Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, prenatal, hot stones, Cold Stone Migraine Relief Technique, Myofascial Release Technique, and Trigger Point Therapy.
List any dysfunctions and acute/chronic conditions you have treated or particularly specialize in:
I have treated migraine relief, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, calf issues, shin splints, achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, IT band tightness and dysfunction, and other common running/overuse injuries.
Why is massage important to you?
Massage can help so many different people, ages, conditions, and injuries. Almost everyone can benefit from a massage and even more so when it’s done regularly. I had a client who wasn't sleeping well because her neck and upper back were so tight, we made a plan and saw progress quickly. She then kept up massage on a monthly basis, occasionally seeing other MTs as well. A year after the initial appointment it was like working on an entirely different body; she was more relaxed, responsive and lighter. This experience is a great example of how important massage can be, it truly can help improve a person's quality of life as well as their wellbeing.
How would you describe your style of massage?
This is a tough question. It depends on the client and the goal and desired outcome of that session. When you come in to work with me we’ll take a few minutes to go over what is giving you trouble and what you’re looking to gain from the session, (i.e. I’ve been working overtime and I have a tension headache, I started a new workout and my calves are killing me, I’ve been traveling for work and my lower back is a mess, etc.). Afterwards I typically begin by exploring, getting a feel for the muscle, where it feels tight, or stuck, and if there are any knots or restriction of movement. Throughout the session I will use moderate pressure and an even pace to reach the "melting point" of the tissue or muscle I am working with. Occasionally I will use a deeper or lighter technique when needed, maintaining a slower pace to working the full length of muscles.
What keeps you motivated?
I like that every client and every session really presents a new set of problems or concerns to work on. Figuring out how to help people get the best out of their session, bodies and reach their ultimate wellness goals really drives my work. The science of the human body and how it moves is just so fascinating to me; there is something new to learn all the time!