Karen Lynn Landrum, LMT
E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®
I'm a professionally trained Licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Therapist/Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, & Certified Nutritional Consultant. BUT...more importantly, I'm someone who lived too many years conforming to ideas of what I thought I should be doing and what I perceived others thought I should be doing with my life and with my career. As a result, for a long time, my personal life felt like something was missing. My career life in the corporate world was lifeless and meaningless.
I began my holistic career journey in 2001, completing my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Christopher Baxter, a founding member of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. In 2003, I discovered Thai Yoga Massage and I absolutely loved it! I then completed a Thai Massage certification program at Kripalu under the guidance of Jonas Westring.
From 2003-2010, I completed other holistic training courses that included Reiki, nutrition, another YTT with Doug Swenson, and various mind/body courses. During those years, I had been teaching yoga and providing Thai yoga massage to clients on a part-time basis, as I was also working full time for the US Federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH.
In 2013, at the age of 50, I decided to leave my position with the courts to travel to various places in the world and further my education in Massage, Yoga & Meditation so that I could pursue a career in the holistic practices that had become an integral part of my life.
I spent 4 months in Costa Rica where I attended and graduated from The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. My training there included a variety of massage modalities such as neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, hydrotherapy, Oncology Massage and traditional Swedish Massage.
I then spent 3 months in Thailand, graduating from the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai (TMC) where I completed a 300 hour certified Thai Massage Teacher Training course.
My once fear of travel became a passion for travel and took me to Northern India where I spent 2 months living in the Indian culture and graduated from Rishikesh Yog Peeth after completing a 300 hour yoga teacher training which included Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy.
In, 2017, I went back to India and completed a Meditation Teacher Training at World Peace Yoga School. I also traveled to Puerto Rico completing a Neuromuscular Therapy course under the instruction of Judith Delany from the NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) Center.
In 2015, I began working as a massage therapist for Dr. Aaron Ornburn of Synergy Chiropractic. In addition, I worked at LA Fitness teaching yoga and various fitness classes.
From 2001-2017, I was also a family partner at Lifepath Center of the Healing Arts in Crescent Springs, KY. My mom, Wanda Sucher, who has been a massage therapist since the late 1980's is the proprietor. My brother and sister are also massage therapists there.
Although I loved all the places and people who I had been working with, traveling to several places to teach and practice massage day after day was also challenging. So, in 2018, I decided it was time to begin a new chapter in my life and I made a bold move to open my own business, Essential Elements Yoga & Massage, LLC.
I’m a passionate therapist with an alternative approach, and I’m dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible.
I believe we all come to this world with innate talents and there are endless possibilities to what we can do with the life we’ve been given when we learn to trust our instincts and find the courage to move beyond the obstacles and "boxed" thinking that many of us have used to shape our lives.
Yoga, meditation & bodywork are treasured tools which helped me to step out of my fears that kept me hostage to an unfulfilled life, and to uncover my own distinctive talents. My hope is that you too will find the tools to re-member you again & find what it is that makes you feel truly alive!