903 N Main St.
Cottonwood AZ 86326
Monday thru Friday 10-7
Stillness in the midst of motion and commotion
is free of will, direction, and time.
It is a complete letting be of what is from moment to moment.
—Toni Packer, “Unmasking the Self”
CranioSacral Therapy releases tensions and restrictions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction improving whole-body health. It focuses on the concept of “primary respiration” the cranial rhythmic impulse and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid using a light therapeutic touch, which helps free up the central nervous system so it can perform at its best, naturally relieving pain and stress, strengthening the immune system, and enhancing health. Once tensions are released the entire body can relax and self correct.
The CranioSacral system is a rhythm pump like the heart and lungs that spans between the cranium and the sacrum connected by membranes. These tissues create a semi-closed hydraulic pump system that bathes the spinal cord and brain in cerebrospinal fluid, which provides vital nourishment, detoxification, and protection. A healthy and balanced CranioSacral rhythm energizes the functioning of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.
The gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy makes it effective for all ages, from newborns to elders. In a typical session you remain in comfortable clothing on a massage table. Your therapist will gently monitor the rhythm of the fluid of your central nervous system to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion. Delicate manual techniques are then applied to release problem areas. CranioSacral Therapy can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to suit your needs. Although one session provides healing, continuing the work with a series of weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions will increase the benefits.
CranioSacral Therapy can address conditions such as:
• Migraines & Headaches
• Chronic Neck & Back Pain
• Stress & Tension-Related Disorders
• Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
• Chronic Fatigue
• TMJ Syndrome
• Learning Disabilities
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
From the warm sands of Nantucket to the red rocks of Sedona, Kim Bettincourt brings over eleven years of experience in wellness, Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and ACE Therapeutic Cupping to her new retreat in the Verde Valley.
In June, 2007, she completed her academic and hands on training in massage therapy under the esteemed Ben Benjamin of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Right after graduation, Kim earned her board certification through National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
In the upscale spa industry, she honed her skills at high end resorts including the Stein-Erickson Spa in Park City, Utah, The Wauwinet, The White Elephant and Great Harbor Yacht Club – all on the resort island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
In March, 2013, Kim opened her own wellness practice on Nantucket; for five years, Kim’s Essence Massage Therapy thrived. In October of 2017, Kim relocated to Arizona and has made her home here in the Verde Valley. In May of 2018, she opened the doors to Vital Essence Body Boutique offering her advanced training in Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and Cupping Therapies to the Verde Valley Community.
With a passion for learning and eager to find additional healing arts to help her clients, Kim relentlessly pursues continuous education. She consistently adds to her quiver of wellness modalities so that she can target whatever physical challenge you are facing—headaches, muscle strain, injury, relieving tension or stress.
Breathe in peace, breathe out stress. At Vital Essence we provide transformative body and skin therapy to support you on your journey towards balance, harmony and vitality so the nature of your true essence can shine.