This is our catch-all phrase to describe the majority of the work we do: sometimes intense, always focused, deeply healing.
WITH: JEN, KEI, STEPHANIE, TOM
This work gently breaks down fascial adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. Unlike the gliding movements of a relaxation massage, myofascial work is slow and focused; we sink into the fascia and wait with the tissue until it releases. Effective with specific pain, chronic pain, old and new injuries, work-related pain, overuse, and athletic issues. Contrary to belief, myofascial work doesn't have to hurt to be effective.
WITH: LUIS, KATE
Including but not limited to trigger point work, NMT is a step-by-step process to evaluate and treat soft tissue pain. The therapist may use effleurage, petrissage, friction, muscle energy, or strain/counter-strain massage techniques. Helpful for pain, posture, injury, sports, and post surgery.
In traditional Thai massage, the client is clothed, and the work takes place on a floor mat. The therapist uses hands and feet to knead, stretch, and mobilize the client's body. This work is relaxing and invigorating, stimulating blood and lymph flow while lengthening tissues. Taking it to the next level, Thai medical massage works energy points and lines to effect relief for numerous common issues, from sprains and pains to chronic medical conditions. Clients leave grounded and balanced.
WITH: STEPHANIE, MUGGS, JEN, JENNY
Cupping helps circulation, revitalizes tissue, promotes relaxation, and stretches the superficial fascia. Cupping is great for pain, sore muscles, congestion, and areas of tissue adhesion. We integrate cupping into your scheduled massage time.
instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
Otherwise known as IASTM, this technique uses a handheld tool (in our case, a custom steel implement) to free up areas of adhesion. This stimulates the body's inflammatory response, bringing blood and lymph to the area, initiating the body's own healing mechanisms. Mobility is restored and pain lessens.
This is what many people think of when they hear the word “massage.” Often people’s first introduction to bodywork, relaxation massage benefits the entire body by calming the nervous system and improving blood and lymph circulation. Chronic stress is detrimental to health, and many folks find relaxation massage to be a pleasant way to manage stress and maintain healthy muscle tissue. It’s hypnotic, and sometimes it’s “just what the doctor ordered.” Or, should have ordered!
WITH: KEI, JENNIE, LUIS
Craniosacral therapy is a quiet skill. Your experience of the work will be subtle, but its results are profound. While the client lies clothed, the therapist gently holds the skull, sacrum, or limb and waits for the sensation of movement in stillness before treatment begins. Helpful for a wide range of issues, from headaches and pain to trauma and stress.
WITH: JENNIE, ANGKANA, JENNY
Reiki is a gentle, calming, hands-on energy modality that reduces stress and promotes healing. Its benefits may include relaxation, easing muscle tension and stress reduction. It is becoming widely used in many hospitals, veterinarian's offices, nursing homes and hospice care centers worldwide. The practitioner lays hands on the clothed client, while focusing on the client's energetic body. Clients report a sensation of warmth and calmness.
Zero Balancing is light-touch bodywork; it guides you to a deeply relaxed state, as in meditation. Stressful thoughts diminish, the breath deepens, and your entire body softens. ZB uses gentle fulcrums (points of contact) to encourage movement in restricted joints and throughout the body. This modality is a supportive tool, whether you wish to relax from the stress of the day and enjoy deep sleep, refine a specific goal, or move through life with greater ease. Clients report feelings of deep relaxation and inner calm, along with decreased body aches and muscle pain. Performed with the client clothed.
A relatively new field, oncology massage can reduce pain, neuropathy, and distress in patients undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Practitioners tailor the work to the client, depending on whether the person is in treatment or remission, taking a variety of precautions into consideration. Jenny trained in this approach in a hospital setting, and has studied Tracy Walton and Gayle McDonald's work. Session length can vary, but research has shown that a series of eight 15 minute treatments can reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy's effects on daily living.
first massage ever?
Online scheduling is for returning massage clients only. WSW staff has to set you up for online booking - you cannot do it yourself. So give us a ring and we'll set you up for online booking - or we can do it at your next appointment. Same-day sessions can't be booked online, but give us a call and we'll see if we can get you in!
OUR SHORT SESSIONS
Short sessions (15 or 20 minutes) can be done on a massage chair, a massage table, or anywhere we find a spot in the office. The point is that many of our modalities can be done effectively in a short amount of time on a clothed client, with no draping. This makes it easy to schedule, and easy on your wallet. Sometimes you just need your neck and shoulders worked after a hard day. Sometimes treatment for a specific issue is more effective if you come frequently, for short sessions, for a few weeks. Whatever the reason, short sessions can be a way to get into our office as often as you need for the best treatment outcome at a more affordable price. Keep this in mind when you have an unexpected injury or back spasm - call us; the sooner you get treatment the sooner you'll feel better. Coming soon: walk-in short session hours.