Mary Kathleen Rose, BA, CMT

  Mary Kathleen Rose is a certified massage therapist with over twenty-five years of experience in the holistic health field. She graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1985 and has a B.A. in Integrative Healing from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has taught massage, career development, and wellness education at a number of different massage schools, and supervises the massage therapy program at HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties. She has a private practice in Comfort Touch(R), Integrative Massage, and Barefoot Shiatsu/Acupressure.

She has served as a research consultant/trainer for a number of projects including an NIH-funded study on the effects of massage for people with spinal cord injuries; an NIH-funded study on massage for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer; and a study teaching massage (Comfort Touch) to parents of children with sickle cell anemia. She is a member of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

  Mary developed Comfort Touch(R), a nurturing style of acupressure, in response to the special needs of people in medical settings. It is safe and appropriate for a broad range of people including the elderly and the chronically and terminally ill. It can be practiced in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, home-care and rehabilitation settings. Since 1991  participants in her trainings have included massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, certified nursing assistants and hospice volunteers. She has presented workshops in Comfort Touch(R) for the Colorado Hospice Organization and for the National Hospice Organization. Mary has over 12 years of experience as a facilitator for hospice-sponsored bereavement support groups. 

Mary works at various women's fitness camps, practicing and teaching massage and women's wellness. She has led workshops in yoga and relaxation, nutrition, herbology, stress management, and healing through creative expression. She offers her expertise to people in numerous settings, including the students and faculty of high schools and colleges, various community organizations as well as employee wellness programs.

Mary, herself a Type 1 diabetic, is a founding member of the Boulder Valley Diabetics, a support group for people with diabetes and their families which offers educational and emotional support to its members. She has been on the medical staff of several American Diabetes Association sponsored diabetic children's camps. An artist and musician, she also loves to dance, hike, canoe, garden and is fascinated by the relationship between healing and creative expression.

  She is the author of: