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Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language, and the last, and it always tells the truth. 

-Margaret Atwood

Heartwood is the innermost wood of a tree. It is strong, resilient, and supports the entire being.

My practice is located in Kettering 

301 E Stroop Rd, Suite A
Dayton OH 45429

This is a place to practice kindness.

Everyone deserves well-being (physically + inwardly) in their personal stories. Safe and intentional touch in massage therapy offers an opportunity to tune into the innermost self and develop well-being, while tending through the lens of somatic awareness.

My name is Kate and I’m a licensed massage therapist specializing in therapeutic massage using neuromuscular and myofascial techniques as well as gentle touch. I am also trained in Grief Massage. I believe that to know our personal stories intimately is to know the body; that touch is simple, inevitable, and part of our collective humanity.

My goal is to provide safe touch and human connection with anyone seeking somatic embodiment, and to any person seeking management for the dynamic and complex event of pain. My practice is dedicated to creating a heart-centered, client-centered massage experience where evidence-based practices merge with mindfulness and individual goals. Together, we will co-create a space where you can practice kindness for yourself, which in turn generates kindness in the world.​


Kate Thomas, LMT (she/her)

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I am a licensed massage therapist that specializes in gentle touch, therapeutic massage, and grief support through massage.

When I'm not connecting with clients, you can find me hiking with my dog, paddling our waterways, traveling, camping, gardening, reading and writing, and cooking colorful meals.

Instagram: @daytonlmt
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