In 2010 Raffa combined all of her expertise under one roof creating New England’s only active relaxation center Urban Sweat. Tucked away in the 15,000 eco-friendly building is Raffa Raw Cafe, three yoga studios, and Urban Sweat, a relaxation center for health and education. As creator of Urban Sweat, Christine built six heated healing rooms for people to simply relax. The center offers numerous spa treatments and its where Christine continues to see patients.
Christine has practiced yoga and meditation since 1989. She is a certified Forrest Yoga Instructor. She has completed the Foundational Forrest Yoga Teacher Training and the Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training. Christine also assists at Forrest yoga trainings world wide. Christine is also an advanced educator in Neuro anatomy and presents for her yoga school Raffa Yoga Inc. and various local yoga teacher trainings in New England. Christine is also a registered member of RYPT 500 hours, a professional accreditation for the yoga industry.
Christine is a graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and is licensed and nationally certified in Massage Therapy. She also holds certification in Pre-natal and Post-natal Massage Therapy and in the St. John method of Neuromuscular Therapy. Christine trained exclusively with Paul St. John and was a member of his teacher-training assistant program. She has completed advanced studies in neuro-anatomy, advanced physiology and myofascial pain syndromes, advanced training in cranio-sacral and cranio-decompression therapy, somatic emotional release, visceral mobilization, muscle energy, neuro-tissue tension release and structural integration techniques.
Christine has advanced studies in exercise physiology, various forms of energy techniques and the disciplines of yoga and movement therapies. Christine is also a student of vipassana meditative training and insight meditation. Christine’s expertise is in postural distortion and bio mechanical imbalances of the body. Myofascial pain patterning and chronic pain related to the head, neck and face.
In addition to this, Christine is a Johnson and Wales graduate with a degree in Culinary arts. She has advanced studies in raw food preparation and sustainable farming. She created OM grown greenhouse a sustainable boutique farm in Rhode Island which specializes in wheatgrass, sprouts and microgreens.