The Long Story
If you enjoy or want to enjoy using your body easily and without pain as you age, you’ve come to the right person.
Hi, I’m Carolyn Smith, a therapeutic bodyworker.
Our movements and activities typically become restricted as we age. We find it difficult or even painful to do the things we used to do when we were younger.
Restriction in the way we move is often an unconscious pattern of holding tension in our bodies. The most obvious sources of that tension are illness or injury. The less obvious sources affect all us as we age normally—our postural habits, repetitive movements, and emotional stress.
While aging is not an option, how we live and move in our bodies as we age is largely up to us. My passion is to guide people toward that same conclusion.
I’ve made it my life’s work to guide active middle-aged and older adults toward a healthier lifestyle by teaching them how release tension and restriction in their bodies so they can continue or get back to doing the things they love to do.
My journey toward developing expertise in movement began when my mother had a stroke in her early 60’s. Although her stroke wasn’t severe, it initially limited her ability to do many of the things she had truly enjoyed, like playing tennis and gardening.
As she gave in to the difficulty of movement, she sank into depression and gained weight. These conditions developed into further—and unnecessary—physical limitations and other health problems.
I set out to learn what I could to help my mother regain mobility and reduce depression. I studied yoga with master teachers, where I learned about the science of movement and how yoga can be healing to the spirit. I expanded my understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and the nervous system earning my certification as a Yoga Therapist and later becoming a licensed massage therapist.
“At the end of every yoga session I feel as if I’ve done a workout at the gym, had a massage, had an anatomy lesson, spent time meditating, and been to the spa!”
Sadly, my mother spent the last 20 years of her life in ill health, much of which may have been prevented through lifestyle changes.
I’m determined not to be the same way. And there’s nothing I love doing more than working with clients who have that same determination.
“Always an amazing experience with amazing results! I truly have not found anyone else that can give the same type of relief to me with massage. And her yoga practices are amazing. I feel lighter and more flexible on all of my runs after class.”
I’ve been teaching yoga classes publicly and privately since 2005, with yoga therapy and functional movement becoming my focus since 2012. In 2017, I earned my license as a massage therapist. My clients come in all varieties— from athletes to desk jockeys, pre-and-post surgical patients, people suffering from Parkinson’s disease and recovering from strokes to people who just want to move and feel better in their bodies.
“Carolyn’s class has been so therapeutic for me. I recently had a total knee replacement and the surgeon remarked on how lithe and flexible my body is, which made the surgical intervention much less invasive than it normally would have been. Sincere gratitude to Carolyn for her knowledge and expertise!"
I’ve come to understand that movement is about being in touch with our self on a physical, mental and spiritual level. If you’re open to learning how to inhabit your body in a more conscious way, I can show you how.
Drawing on my knowledge of yoga, massage, and corrective exercise, I create integrative treatments for my clients.
“Carolyn has been a grounding person for me. Her knowledge is fundamentally sound. She can fix the aches and pains physically as well mentally. She listens and evaluates. I appreciate her thoroughness.”
I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to yoga or bodywork. When working privately with clients, I get to know their stories about what they do on a daily basis for work and enjoyment, their history of injuries or illnesses, and what their movement and lifestyle goals are. Then I tailor a treatment plan specifically for them and teach them how to care for their bodies for the long term.
In a group setting, I make sure each one of my clients feels seen and heard, and I conduct the class to meet their needs. I have a knack for creating a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere so people feel safe turning their attention inward to themselves.
As one of my clients, you will be able to move with more fluidity and ease. Your quality of life will be enriched as you discover how to use your body wisely. You’ll be able to do what you love doing for as long as you love doing it.
Credentials & Certifications
LMT - Licensed Massage Therapist (Maryland, 2017 & Delaware, 2020)
Certified Yoga Tune Up® Instructor since 2018
C-IAYT - Certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists since 2017
Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher since 2012
Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid by American Heart Association
Registrations & Memberships
AMTA Member – American Massage Therapists Association®, since 2016
E-RYT500 – Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Yoga Alliance, since 2006
IAYT Member — International Association of Yoga Therapists, since 2011