The Team

Kim Freetly, LMT, CEU Provider, NCBTMB

Kim Freetly is the president and founder of BODYSMART, located in Ventura, CA.

Kim is board certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as both a Licensed Massage Therapist and CEU provider. She is one of only a handful of local massage therapists to have met this board’s rigorous standards, and holds licenses in both California and Arizona.

Kim is a also a specialist in strength and conditioning with the International Sports Science Association (ISSA).

Kim opened her first practice, Massage for Peak Performance, in 2006, specializing in addressing and preventing sports injuries in athletes competing in a  wide range of sports at recreational, competitive, Olympic and professional levels. She has received hundreds of  referrals from local physicians for her work in myo-fascial pain management.

Headshot_Kim Freetly_color“Sports massage and medical massage are very similar. How injuries occur varies, but the same methods are used to treat soft tissue injuries regardless of etiology, with individual variations of course. I believe the two types of massage go hand in hand.   I was trained in Florida, where massage therapy is considered a medical modality, and massage therapists carry a medical license. I have always felt that massage is a valid medical treatment for managing a wide range of pathologies. My methods are validated by studies at The Touch Research Institute at The University of Miami Medical Center, and research by Mark Hyman Rapaport PHD, author of ‘Massage Wants to be Medicine’. I founded BODYSMART because I believe that Californians deserve to receive quality medical massage treatment, and be able to spend health insurance allocated funds to pay for it.”
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Kim Tate, CMT

Kim attended the prestigious Santa Barbara School of Massage in 2003, where she began her education specializing in Swedish and Thai Massage. In 2006 Kim attended Santa Barbara Bodyworks, where she completed her training in Deep Tissue Massage, Neurostructural Bodywork and Sports Massage, acquiring more than 600 hours of training. Kim has had a successful career at world-renowned spas, including Avia Spa in Santa Barbara, The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and The Four Seasons Hotel. She has also been a sports massage therapist for the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, CA, and has worked closely with Kim Freetly in sports massage settings since 2005. Kim recently completed her certification in Pregnancy Massage through an NCBTMB education provider. Her diverse experience and expertise in the Spa setting brings a relaxed feel to the BODYSMART team.

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The BODYSMART Difference

All therapists at BODYSMART have a minimum of 3 years of massage experience and each have unique specializations. They participate in monthly continuing education BCTMB_purpletraining by Kim and other medical professionals in various medical modalities and evidence-based advances in massage therapy. Your bodywork sessions are treated as medical appointments; each patient has a medical chart and a specific treatment plan. With a physician recommendation, these sessions can be paid for using Health Savings Account (HSA) or FLEX account funds, and some companies provide direct reimbursement for medical massage sessions. In many cases, medically necessary treatments may be applied towards health insurance deductibles. Learn more about reimbursement for medical massage here.