Karen Parks, Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Karen graduated from Southeastern School of Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy (now NC School of Advanced Bodywork) in 2007. She has over 12 years of massage experience, and is an AFAA-certified personal trainer. She is a certified yoga teacher through Rolf Gate’s 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training. Karen taught boot camp classes and yoga at Charlotte Athletic Club, and Flex and Fit. Karen also taught yoga as a part of Central Piedmont Community College’s physical education curriculum from 2010 to 2012.

Karen offers a firm, caring touch, which is emphasized by her great attention to detail. She has a strong desire to aid clients in overcoming acute and chronic pain, accelerating injury recovery, and improving their overall range of motion and flexibility. Karen has acquired Master’s level in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy through the originators of Ashiatsu, Deepfeet, which includes the deeper-pressured two-footed techniques, and side-laying.


Karen Parks, LMBT

Karen Parks, BS, LMBT NC-7646, CPT, RYT

If I could come up with one word for Karen at Elements of Bodywork it would be phenomenal! She is very knowledgeable about various muscle groups throughout your body and how they can interact and effect one another in ways you couldn’t even imagine! She’s helped me get back on track when I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Also, teaching me stretches to do outside of sessions to make the muscles stronger. She also keeps my neck, shoulders and chest in check through routine appointments. I will be a client of Karen’s for a very long time!


I started going to Karen at EoB now this past year as she is one of the few Ashiatsu practitioners in CLT. Karen is highly skilled at the technique and provides one of the best therapeutic massages I have yet to receive. Her background and training is impressive and her technique is amazing. My body is essentially a ball of knots, problem areas are mainly in my shoulders, back, Hammies and thighs. Ashiatsu is an excellent modality for those who require some extra, yet gentle pressure deep into the muscle. I highly recommend Karen and EoB!


I love Elements of Bodywork! Karen is the best massage therapist I’ve ever been to! She is very personable & cares about her clients. She gives very helpful wellness advice; is very knowledgeable & skilled! I’m so glad I found this practice, I won’t go anywhere else!