Kirstie Bender Segarra

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Kirstie Bender Segarra

Department Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage

Kirstie Bender Segarra, Department Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage

Kirstie Segarra, began studying yoga and Balinese Traditional Massage in 1996 in Bali, Indonesia while completing her Masters Degree in Whole Systems Design, in the field of second order biological systems. She is the lead instructor for the Yoga Teacher Training Program, which she founded in 2010. She is one of the lead instructors for the Medical Massage Program, which she founded in 2007.  Kirstie is nationally and internationally recognized for her research in fascial health in Fibromyalgia. She is a lead in her field and author of Myofascial Yoga: A movement and yoga therapist guide to asana. Her teachings in yogasana blend structural bodywork, specifically myofascial meridians, with modified ashtanga, iyengar, restorative and vinyasa. She also incorporates energy work, Tantra, traditional Chinese medicine, and Buddhists traditions. Kirstie emphasizes anatomical structure and function of postures to prevent injury, while increasing muscle and fascia flexibility to heal and change conditioned patterns for a healthier way of living.

Kirstie brings her experience as a practicing structural integrator into the classroom for the medical massage students where she teachers ethics, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, oriental medicine and advanced techniques in medical massage. Kirstie incorporates her knowledge of Eastern techniques with Myofascial and Structural Bodywork. She is intentional in her integration of both philosophies and feels strongly that a great therapist should be strong in energetics as well as anatomical understandings of the body.

Fun facts:  She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, grew up in Mons, Belgium and Seattle, Washington. Her first Zen sport was basketball. She plays the electric cello and regularly rides a mountain bike.

Kirstie is Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage at UNM-Taos, Director of the Integrative Massage Therapy Program and President of Santosha Yoga, a New Mexico Non-Profit Yoga Studio. She practices full time in Integrative Medicine and Structural Integration. Kirstie was named one of the “Remarkable Women of Taos,” (www.taos.org ). More information and her blog can be found at www.balinesetraditionalmassage.com