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Blue Buddha Healing Arts Provides Healing For All

By Keith Donaldson

After working as a massage therapist, Kate Freese wanted something more. She wanted a place that featured alternative healing techniques with an atmosphere of support. In February, 2011 she made the place she wanted and opened Blue Buddha Healing Arts in Exton. She hasn't looked back since and took some time to answer questions about her studio for Pennsylvania Homes.

What ​was the inspiration behind opening Blue Buddha Healing Arts? How long have you been in business?

I started Blue Buddha in February of 2011. I had been working as a massage therapist for a few years then and wanted to create a space with a different type of culture and atmosphere. My dream was to create a welcoming community space for alternative healing. I want our clients to not only feel supported physically but also gain a sense of emotional support in knowing that we listen to and care about every single client.

How would you describe the culture and atmosphere the studio and classes offer to students/clients?

We've worked pretty hard to create an atmosphere that is both beautiful and relaxed. You might find someone chilling out after a killer massage in our dimly lit lobby propped in one of our vegan pleather chairs sipping some awesome locally blended tea surrounded by tiny twinkly lights and succulents. That relaxing environment carries into our massage rooms that are beautifully decorated with an eclectic blend of beautiful antiques and state of the art equipment. We tried not to skip any little details, we even added extra layers of fluffy memory foam to our massage tables to make it even harder for you to hold onto your stress. Our space is beautiful but my favorite thing about it is the people. I love my work family. I am so blessed with a well-educated, empathic, loving and hilarious staff. They really are what makes us so special.

We're actually in the process of revamping our yoga space and program right now. We are creating an even more inviting yoga space and adding a few more therapeutic and fun classes. One of which will be a super slow flow donation based class every Sunday starting in March. It's a perfect opportunity to destress and let go of whats bothering you so that you can start out your week fresh. We try to include a class style for everyone and want to broadcast the message that you are not too stiff or inflexible or whatever other silly excuses you can come up with. Yoga is good for everybody.

We offer a wide variety of massage therapies in-order to customize each session for our clients. One of our most common massage modalities is Ashiatsu. This is a practice where the therapists perform the massage with her feet while using overhead bars for support and balance. There are several benefits of this specific therapy for the clients including increase intervertebral space and postural correction, increased circulation and immune system and of course, it feels amazing. We also have practitioners that specialize in myofascial release, thai massage, gua sha and cupping just to name a few. These therapies can be experienced by themselves or our favorite is to combine them to create the perfect massage for you.

I read that one of the yoga classes you offer is aerial yoga, which is becoming quite popular. Can anyone try this yoga class or is it more for advanced students?

Aerial yoga is a super fun variation of "normal" yoga where you use a very strong adjustable piece of nylon fabric or "silk" to assist you throughout your practice. Most of the yoga postures are similar versions to what you would experience on the mat however, they can be intensified by the proper use of the silk. This style of yoga is amazing for stretching out your shoulders, hips, and legs. It is also perfect for reversing all of the spinal compression we create in our cars, on our feet, and at our desks with supported inversions. Oh, these inversions are also the perfect opportunity for the very important aerial selfie. As with any physical activity, there are a few contraindications we watch out for and we recommend our students have enough upper body strength to be able to lift themselves in and out of the silk.

Why do you think someone should choose Blue Buddha for their yoga, meditation, massage or other wellness needs?

Our mission at Blue Buddha is to listen to our client's voices and their bodies with empathy and understanding and to create a customized service or class with expert knowledge for every body and everybody.

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