karyn chabot, Ayurveda
Total years in practice: 5
I began offering professional massage therapy and Ayurveda counseling in 1997 as a result of experiencing my own healing from auto-immune diseases. In 2000, I opened Sacred Stone School where I brought in healers from all over the world, as well as taught numerous healing modalities, offering CEs for LMTs. Jumping ahead to 2011, I founded the first private state-approved proprietary Ayurvedic massage therapy school in RI called The Newport Massage School. After five successful years being the Owner and Director of this school, I realized that administration and accreditation was my least favorite activity and chose to walk away. I missed being able to serve one on one with my beloved clients and got back to teaching short seminars in Ayurveda at Sacred Stone. While I was giving three massages per day for nearly 30 years and running my schools, I learned that I was born with the gift of “seeing” and the gift of touch healing. I started offering astrology and the mystic cards to my students, massage and Ayurveda clients about eighteen years ago and now the world of metaphysics has taken front and center in my life. There is something about the cosmos, sacred symbols and shapes in these oracles that have initiated my earth eyes, activating my gift, and igniting my third eye. I work closely with the faerie kingdom, the Divine Mother and other highly evolved loving, helpful and wise beings from pure light. I am very sensitive with my delivery and use a positive approach to everything because all news is good news, even if it feels challenging at first. Sometimes we go thru health challenges as well as emotional turbulence for purification so we can learn how to make lemonade out of our lemons.
I pioneered Sacred Stone Massage Therapy in 1999 off the shores of Rhode Island and was the first to bring this beautiful therapy to the East Coast. Massage therapists from all over the country started making appointments with me to experience this new therapy and asked me to start teaching classes. I was booking three months out. My clients became my students and my greatest teachers. Later, people took the word "Sacred" out and replaced it with what is now in every spa as "Hot Stone Massage". I trained over 2,000 Sacred Stone Therapists and instructors and am a continuing education provider for licensed massage therapists and healers with the NCBTMB and PACE, approved by the state of Rhode Island’s RIOPC and NAMA.
I discovered the healing power of stones while I was struggling to relieve my own physical pain due to Graves disease, fibromyalgia and mast cell activation syndrome. At the end of a long day of seeing clients, I would find relief by laying upon the smooth, sun-baked stone cliffs in my backyard in Rhode Island. I started heating these velvety, textured sea stones from the cliffs and incorporating them into my oil massage practice (abhyanga).
Rewinding, I graduated from Goddard College with my bachelor's degree in Wellness in 1995. In 1997, I graduated and studied with the well-loved and renowned Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A. M.S at his prestigious school called The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico for two years, while simultaneously graduating from Universal Massage Therapeutics of New Mexico, where I also taught. I was former adjunct faculty professor at Bristol Community College in their massage therapy program in 2003 and studied two years at the Masters level at Maharishi University in Iowa in Vedic Science and was initiated as a Siddha in the Transcendental Meditation lineage in 2007. I studied Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) since 2008 with David Hawthorne in Fairfield, IA, as well as with Penny Farrow, Simon Chokoisky, Gandharva Sauls and many other experts. Finally, in 2012, I earned my Masters degree in Ayurvedic medicine from Goddard College, inspiring me to open the Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program as part of Sacred Stone School.
During the past 30 years of working in the health industry and dancing professionally, I earned other certifications in the following modalities: Ayur*Yoga Instructor; nationally certified yoga instructor from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica; Ayurvedic Blueprinting for many years with Gandharva Sauls; Ayurveda-Yoga Institute of NYC; Crystology with the Tao Chi Association of America; Second degree Reiki, Quantum Touch Therapy; Fitness Training; Nutrition; Shamanism; Bodytalk System; Marma Point Therapy with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Vaidya Mishra & Dr. Naina Marballi at Ayurveda's Beauty Care in NYC; Ayurvedic Beauty with Sonia Masocco; Cranio-Sacral Therapy; Chinese Cupping; The Yuen Method of Healing, PanchaKarma and Shirodhara Therapies; Medical Thai Therapy and Colon Hydrotherapy as a member of the I-ACT.
All the while, I presented Sacred Stone Therapy on national Fox TV, trained the staff at many international and national spas and schools, and presented at some of the leading industry conferences such as the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and American Massage Therapy Association. I have written many published articles in national magazines and am a monthly blog author for three local magazines currently. I am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and The National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Ayurvedic Association of Professionals in North America, International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy and Newport Chamber of Commerce.
I produced eight comprehensive instructional DVDs on the art of stone healing and Ayurvedic spa therapies and wrote eight illustrated instructional books and sixteen correspondence CE courses for massage therapists and Ayurvedic Practitioners. Sacred Stone Therapy made the cover of the American Massage Therapy Association Magazine in Oct 2003 and March 2005. I aim to publish my book on Sacred Stone Therapy and another book on Ayurvedic Planetary Eating as well as a book on the mystic science of the cards, including new formulas I have cognized.