Meet The Team
My name is Barbara Calahan (formerly Barbara Keim). I became a massage therapist to be able to offer a holistic alternative for pain management and rehabilitation. I graduated the 1000 hour massage therapy program at the Health Works Institute in Bozeman, Montana. I chose the Health Works Institute because they covered many modalities that other programs often do not teach. My purpose for becoming a massage therapist is to help people increase function and decrease pain.
My focus is on therapeutic massage with a more clinical mindset rather than a spa type massage setting. My objective is to work with every client body, soul, and spirit to make a difference in every aspect. Living with chronic pain can be very debilitating and my intention is to help improve quality of life with each opportunity.
I opened Mariposa Massage in October, 2016. I am so grateful for everyone who trusts me to be a part of their healthcare journey. I am passionate about my work as a massage therapist and absolutely love the privilege of service in our community. I believe that massage is a medium that affects every aspect of a person and healing touch is very much needed in our world today.
Therapeutic massage has always been a key aspect of my personal health and wellness. As an LMT it is truly an honor to work with individuals of all ages to reach their wellness goals. Being a competitive athlete, I experienced first-hand an increase in my performance and recovery due to the vast therapeutic benefits of massage and it was during this time that my intrigue for this profession grew. While studying Political Science at MSU Billings, I was a proud member of the women’s soccer program. Experience with the soccer program made me keenly aware of the unique requirements of active bodies and minds. I began to develop my passion for giving massage: researching and applying techniques to provide my teammates with relief from the physical and mental stress of being a collegiate athlete, allowed me to affect real change in their bodies. Today, I enjoy that same connection with myclients, regardless of their unique needs and wellness goals.
In the pursuit of professional excellence, I attended Health Works Institute in Bozeman, MT. and began a career in massage therapy. There I received a valuable, evidence-based foundation to excel as a massage therapist and was encouraged to develop my therapeutic style. When not providing massage to Helena and the surrounding Montana community, I enjoy staying active and going on adventures with my dog, as well as cheering on my favorite sports teams.
I am a native Montanan born and raised here in our beautiful state. I love hiking, camping, and making things from scratch as much as possible. I was raised in an environment of food conscious and nature conscious folks who knew a lot about food related, vitamin, and nutrition related health. I have carried that with me on my journey which has become a deep aspect of my identity as an adult.
My Massage Schooling began in March 2016 at Health Works Institute in Bozeman, MT to acquire my diploma for Massage Therapy in their 1000-hour program. I have been a licensed therapist since June 2017. I began my journey with Mariposa Massage in January of 2018 and I began working full time at Mariposa Massage on May 1, 2018. I am passionate about helping others by making a tangible difference in your life. I am honored and blessed with this opportunity in joining Barbara to help make a tangible difference for you!
I am a Montana native and grew up here in Helena, Montana. My beautiful home state of Montana provides an opportunity to enjoy riding horses, playing in the great outdoors, and enjoying time with family. I attended Healthworks Institute in Bozeman and acquired my diploma and license for massage therapy in 2018. Helping others is and has been a huge part of my life, being able to work with individuals and their massage needs in my community is a blessing.
Mariposa Massage has allowed me to expand my knowledge while keeping my uniqueness as a therapist. It is a dream come true to work with a team of likeminded massage therapists who aim to provide the best care possible. I am certified for prenatal and post-partum massage, which has become my passion. I personalize each session to assist in reaching your goals, helping with concerns, and decrease stress levels to give you the best massage experience possible! My goal is to provide you with the most caring, confidential, and considerate massage therapy service directed toward your individual needs.