About Karen

Karen Diefenbach's intention, as a holistic health practitioner, is to aid in the relief of pain and stress by helping to increase general health through therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, yoga and homeopathy.  These offerings gives clients an array of choices for optimizing their health and wellness, through the mind-body approach--entering the sphere of integrated wellness using any one or more of these approaches, wherever the client feels the need or is drawn.


She began her journey in the holistic health field by studying nutrition, indoor air pollution and stress management at the Empire State College in Nyack, NY, and then, graduated in 1993 from the Swedish Institute in Manhattan, NY, having studied massage therapy.  Diefenbach bought a ten-year-old massage practice, at that time, in Nyack NY, where she maintained a full-time clientele.  In 2007,  she moved her office to Tarrytown, NY, where she resides currently.


From the early years and throughout, Diefenbach has steadily augmented her education; incorporating skills such as, prenatal massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, therapeutic touch and shiatsu.  Also, craniosacral therapy and neuromuscular movement therapy training were added into her approach. Craniosacral therapy was studied at the Upledger Institute.  Neuromuscular movement re-education was learned through, Sara Vogeler, in NYC, who studied under Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's School of Body-Mind Centering of Northampton, Massachusetts.


In due course, Karen has become experienced in helping those with conditions like, arthritis, fibromyalgia, torticollis scoliosis, sprains, whiplash, tendinitis, stress, anxiety, headaches and Parkinson's disease. What's more, she practices her own meditation regularly and is proficient in teaching mindful meditation.


Continuing to expand upon this scope, her homeopathic-foundation training was received at the Hudson Valley School of Classical Homeopathy, in the beautiful Hudson Valley, NY, where she earned 620 hours of basic and advanced instruction.  At the Homeopathy School International of Loveland Colorado, she earned the additional 400 required clinical training hours prescribed by the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) and then, subsequently, became a Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH).


Moreover, a personal understanding of this profound healing method was also attained, prior, through her experience as a homeopathic client for many years, which she believes will also be an asset in helping others through this modality.  Homeopathy has been Diefenbach's preeminent aid in helping to unblock the barriers to her own optimum health.*  She has seen homeopathy have this effect on many others, as well.*  The incorporation of homeopathy into her offerings is for the purpose of satisfying her wish to be more able to address those additional client requests, which she has received over the years that bodywork may not be able to reach entirely.*


Furthermore, Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga for Arthritis education were completed at Integral Yoga of NYC, which came on the heels of a long- established personal yoga practice. During this time of Diefenbach's own yoga exploration, she concentrated on integrating her knowledge of neuromuscular re-patterning with the science of yoga asana. This progression helped to inform her own personal style of teaching.  She loves to teach injury prevention and sedentary life recovery to client's who want to establish their own yoga practice, or who want to safely attend a group class.


Throughout most of Diefenbach's life, she has sustained an ardent devotion to the harmonies in nature, which have attracted her to the holistic health profession.  The heart of her therapeutic approach is to develop a set of individual goals for each client; then, as an art and science, use her knowledge and experience of the healing process to ensure those intentions are achieved.


* Changes are variable from person to person.



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