Kyoungho Koh is a licensed, nationally board certified massage therapist and expert level myofascial release therapist. She is an experienced yoga teacher and student, and has had the honor of coaching field hockey at the high school and collegiate levels. Born and raised in Boston, she spent her undergraduate years at Dartmouth College and completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. A graduate of the Cortiva Massage Institute of Boston, Kyoungho finds that:
“Our bodies have memory from fascia to muscle to cell to bone. We have developed some of this memory through practice of skills that allow us to enjoy a sport, activity, dance, art. Other parts of fascia and muscle memory come from a subtle history passed down over time, our genes, from the experiences found in our daily living both joyful and traumatic, and of how we compensate over time due to past injury or the ways we use or hold our bodies, the ways we have recovered from surgery.
We learn messages, that we are sometimes aware of, that may forward us or limit us in how we live our lives. And we find that though we can do much on our own, at some point, outside support and perspective is needed to reflect and to shed the old. As we shed old things that may not work or fit anymore, there is more room for the many kinds of intelligence that each of us possesses to become available to us, for new possibilities to somehow arrive.
Myofascial Release, massage and movement, is about the conversation between science, art, and the human spirit. These modalities allow for self-awareness and self-study as we find that we are not just one muscle working at one time, a single color in the spectrum, or even one feeling being better than another. Who any of us are is a symphony, a concert of quantum magnitude – and we forget that so much of the time as we hold onto those old ways of behaving, thinking, being.
If you are stressed out, fighting some sort of dis-ease, feeling like your body is more of a strait-jacket than a t-shirt that allows you to enjoy movement, these are a few ways our bodies speak to us that it is time to tend to what the body needs. Many of us can also feel aching in the joints, pops in the knees, arthritis as fascial restrictions pull us into a bone on bone situation. Others of us will feel a loss in range of motion when trying to rotate around our spine, turn our head. And others still may find ourselves more agitated, finding it harder and harder to get a full breath. These are all ways that our body is trying to let us know that it needs attention, help, that it is time to let go of the feeling of having to do it all alone.”
While at Dartmouth College, Kyoungho played field hockey and lacrosse, was honored as an All-American in field hockey, and followed this passion for many years. Playing at a high intensity would take its toll on her knees, and she would find recovery through a practice of yoga, which in turn inspired her to teach. She served as Head Field Hockey Coach for three seasons at Wheelock College where she applied the practice of yoga to field hockey. Though winning was not necessarily the focus, transformation was, and with this, the team enjoyed success. Kyoungho’s interest would unfold in the direction of massage therapy and myofascial release as a way to facilitate health and wellbeing, and to return self and others to improved quality of life.
Since May 2014, Kyoungho has focused her training on Myofascial Release and Craniosacral work with John F. Barnes (PT, LMT) and his staff. An Expert level practitioner, she joined Barnes' staff at the Sedona facility in July 2016. In September 2018, she returned to the East Coast to be closer to family and to work as a part of Barnes’ clinic in Malvern, PA. She blends Myofascial Release and Craniosacral with Therapeutic massage to unwind the ways in which stress, over-patterned use of the body, injury, and compensation patterns can hinder health and well-being. She is a Master level Reiki practitioner and utilizes Reiki and other energy-based therapies to listens to the depth of work needed to affect creation of space, ease of movement, and peace mind. Kyoungho is a member of the American Massage Therapists Association (AMTA).
Kyoungho has had the good fortune to study with many wonderful life teachers in the classroom and on the field, and through various life experiences. In addition to study with John F. Barnes, yoga teachers who have inspired practice and teaching include Baron Baptiste, Master Baptiste teachers (Claire Este-McDonald, Gregor Singleton, Elizabeth Huntsman, and Coeli Marsh) and YogaWorks instructor Natasha Rizopoulos. Kyoungho graduated from the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy (Boston, MA).