Massage Therapy Services

We specialize in seeing our clients as the unique individuals they are. The human body is fascinating in its complexity; no two bodies are the same. The professionals at White Willow Massage Therapy & Emporium are trained in a variety of healing arts modalities, ensuring that you receive an individualized attention every visit- leaving your mind, body, and spirit feeling balanced and restored.

We treat everyone with respect and positive regard and enjoy working with people from all walks of life. We seek to provide a safe space to assist you through the transitions in life, continuously personalizing your treatment accordingly. We will always honor your boundaries and requests for comfort because your health and happiness is our main concern.

Therapeutic Blend

Do you love the relaxation of Swedish massage but also need deep tissue work in your trouble areas? No problem! Our therapeutic blend massages are tailored to fit your needs. Your body is unique and we're glad to customize a treatment that's just as unique. If you are unsure about what sort of massage is good for you, Therapeutic Blend is a great place to start.

deep tissue

Having issues with tense, tight muscles? Have a knot the size of Texas? You probably need some deep tissue work. During a deep tissue massage, your therapist will sink into your muscles with the intention of breaking up muscle fibers that have gotten stuck, smooth out knots, lengthen muscles that have shortened, and increase circulation to the deeper layers of tissue.

Swedish massage

Swedish massage is the most popular modality that offers full body and mind relaxation. The work is gentle in its approach with light to medium pressure and meant to stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow. Your therapist will apply long, gliding strokes to the muscles as well as kneading, percussion, and light stretching.

Lymph drainage

The lymphatic system works for our bodies to remove excess fluid and waste, and helps to deliver nutrients, oxygen, and hormones to where they need to go in the body. Our lymph systems can be weakened due to any type of trauma, illness, or lack of movement. A weakened lymph system can lead to fatigue and illness, and even speed up the aging process. Note: We are not set up to treat cosmetic surgery patients

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Lymph Drainage Therapy is one of the most gentle types of massage. My clients find the therapy to be deeply relaxing. During the massage I will use the lightest touch to encourage a wave-like motion in the direction of your body’s natural lymph flow, allowing the movement and removal of toxins and excess fluid your body has accumulated.

Once your lymphatic system is healthy again, your body will work more efficiently at fighting off infections and diseases to keep you healthier.

NOTE: Please make your appointments at least FOUR WEEKS post-surgery, ensuring that surgery sites are closed and healed. We do not offer treatment for cosmetic surgery.

Effects on the Body
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Reduce in swelling (edema)
  • Pregnancy-induced edema
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Promotes healing of tissues and bones after trauma
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Relieves congestion in the sinuses
  • Reduces stress and insomnia with deep relaxation
  • Alleviates inflammation in the joints and arthritis
  • Reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Increases immune response
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic illness

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial release therapy is designed to release tension through your fascia, which is a broad connective tissue. The fascia encases all of your muscles, bones, and organs, somewhat like shrink-wrap. When the fascia is pulled too tight in one area, possibly originating from compensation for an old injury, the rest of the connective tissue starts to get drawn upon. This causes the entire body to be thrown out of whack and leave you feeling unbalanced.

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Conditions that greatly benefit from myofascial release

  • TMJD or jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches & migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica & pelvic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic pain & adhesions

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is considered one of the subtle therapies, though its effects can be anything but subtle. This light touch modality works to allow the body to make adjustments while the therapist releases restrictions surrounding the central nervous system. Reducing these restrictions allows the body to self-correct, which helps to alleviate a number of ailments.

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It’s important to understand that CST isn’t geared toward “fixing” one ailment in particular. By allowing to body to make its own adjustments, your therapist acts as a facilitator for healing. It’s up to your body to decide how to use the therapy.

CranioSacral Therapy can be used to address

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Autism
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • OCD
  • Depression
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • And Many Other Conditions
What to Expect

Before your session, your therapist will discuss your healthcare goals with you. What outcomes are you looking for? Then, the therapist will leave the room while you undress to your comfort level and get settled on the massage table. CST can be performed while the client is completely clothed, so unless you plan to blend CST with massage, there’s no need to undress. You’ll feel comfortable and cozy under blankets and with the table warmer turned on, if you’d like. Your therapist will then knock before reentering the room.

CST is a hands-on technique, though the pressure is very light. You may feel your body releasing in a variety of ways including, but not limited to muscle twitches, and unwinding feeling in your muscles, your limbs feeling more open and looser, sighing, laughing, crying. CST is deeply relaxing, and your therapist won’t mind if you fall asleep. You may feel the tiny movement around your scull and sacrum as your therapist works to lightly adjust these areas. You may suddenly recall memories, good or bad, that you’ve long since forgotten. Each person has a different way of healing, so your CranioSacral session will be unique to you.

Is CST for me?

CST is safe for most people. The exception, however, is any person having a condition where slight changes in intracranial pressure would not be well tolerated. Some examples of these conditions are: acute aneurism and cerebral hemorrhaging. If you’re unsure, please contact your doctor.

Hot Stones massage

Hot stone massage is quite possibly one of the most relaxing massages we offer due to the heat reaching deep layers of the muscles. Using large heated balsam stones, the therapist performs what is similar to a Swedish massage to warm and relax the muscles. Some stones are placed on key points to sedate and comfort the mind and body. The goal is to promote circulation and metabolism all while deeply relaxing tight and sore tissues. 

prenatal

Prenatal massage is very similar to regular massage in that its purpose is to ease sore muscles, improve circulation and lymph flow, and to restore and balance your body during this time of extra physical and emotional stress. This type of work focuses on the areas put under extra stress during pregnancy due to the center of gravity being altered. A pregnant body is continuously morphing and adjusting, and a trained therapist will know how to cater to a growing mother and child.

Sports massage

Sports massage is a blend of various techniques designed to aid the athlete. Whether you're a competitive body builder, a marathon runner, or only just recently joined a gym, massage is a must. Sports massage can help enhance performance, improve posture and gait, and reduce the risk of injury. Massage can also help reduce soreness in muscles and increase mobility in stiff or previously injured joints. Sports massage can help you reach your athletic goals, no matter how big or how small they may be.

Reiki & chakra balancing

Reiki is an energy modality that works on the idea that human beings are energetic beings who are surrounded in energy. This energy is accessible by anyone at any time and can be directed and amplified for the benefit of relaxation and healing. Reiki is a Japanese technique meaning “divine universal life energy” that was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922. Your Reiki practitioner will draw the universal energy from the world around them and through their bodies, focusing the energy into their palms, which can then be transferred to you by touch and intention.

What to Expect

All sessions, whether energy or massage, begin with an interview in which you will discuss your session with your therapist. The therapist will ask how you’ve been feeling lately and talk with you about any concerns you’d like to address during your session.

After the interview, the therapist will step out of the room and allow you time to get comfortable on the massage table. While Reiki is a hands-on technique, it doesn’t require the client to undress. You may want to undress, however, if you plan to have a blended session with part Reiki and part massage. No matter the amount of clothing you decide to wear, you will lie under a sheet and blanket for comfort.

The therapist will then knock on the door and re-enter the room to begin the Reiki session. The therapist will do an energy assessment and then get to work giving and releasing energy as the body requires. You will feel the therapist’s hands lightly contacting your body. Reiki is considered one of the “subtle therapies” because, unlike a deep tissue massage, the client’s perception of what’s happening may be subtle.

You may feel warmth, tingling, buzzing, waves, or cold. You may have emotional releases in the form of sighing, yawning, laughter, crying, or feeling of anger, joy, or sadness. Whatever you feel is unique to you. When your Reiki session is complete, you’ll likely feel like you’ve just awoken from a full night’s sleep feeling energized, yet relaxed.

What it Treats

Anybody can receive Reiki therapy! Some uses include:

  • Relaxation
  • Pain management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Touch deprivation
  • Heightened intuition
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves sleep
  • Connection to the deeper self/self-awareness

AROMATHERAPY

Before each massage, your therapist will assess your needs and decide which combination of essential oils will best suit you. The oils will be applied along the spine and back as well as the soles of the feet. This treatment is incorporated with Swedish strokes to help the body absorb the oils. Treatment usually takes 30 minutes; remaining time can be spent working tight muscles in need or continuing with Swedish massage for full relaxation.

HOT TOWEL AROMATHERAPY

So luxurious! This treatment begins with hot towels applied to the face, and then a detailed face and scalp massage with our house-made Dewy Face Serum. With sesame and rose hip oils and essential oils of helichrysum and German chamomile, our serum is nourishing for dry, delicate, and aging skin, while not being too heavy for oily skin.

Note: We are not currently working directly on face's due to pandemic restrictions.

New Client FAQ

What is your cancellation policy?

White Willow Massage Therapy enforces a cancellation policy. We ask that you respect our time just as we respect yours. In the event of cancellation, we require 24-hour notice. Without proper notice, therapist reserves the right to charge a 40% cancellation fee. Therapist will assume that client is a no-show if the client is more than 15 minutes late, in which case a 50% no-show fee will apply. 

Is massage right for me?

Chances are, yes! However, massage is not suitable for some medical conditions such as acute inflammatory conditions including lymphedema, fever or contagious illness, and blood clot disorders, to name a few. If you're uncertain if massage is safe for you, please contact your primary care provider.

Do I have to undress completely?

You should always feel comfortable during your massage. After a brief intake, your therapist will leave the room to allow you to undress to your comfort level. White Willow Massage Therapy practices conservative draping, ensuring that you'll never feel exposed. We will only uncover the area of your body that we're working on. Some clients are comfortable being completely undressed while others prefer to leave on undergarments. Some clients will be more comfortable with some articles of clothing on. Any of these options are completely acceptable.

Does deep tissue massage hurt?

The short answer is no. However, your deep tissue massage may feel intense at times. If you're ever feeling pain, you should let your therapist know immediately and she will adjust the pressure to your comfort. Remember that your nerve endings are your own and we can't feel your feelings.

Should I tip my massage therapist?

Sure! While tips aren't mandatory by any means, they are appreciated. Massage is an important part of your wellness routine. If finances are an issue, do not feel obligated to tip.

How should I expect to feel after a massage? What about aftercare?

After your massage, you should feel relaxed, physically, energetically, and emotionally. You may feel invigorated, sleepy, or hungry. We recommend that you drink plenty of water, eat healthy food, and get plenty of rest. If you feel sore the next day, let your massage therapist know and she will adjust the massage pressure accordingly.

How often should I have a massage?

Every body is different. Some clients see us weekly, while others come in every six weeks. For regular maintenance, just like changing the oil in your car, we recommend at least one massage per month to keep your mind and body healthy and happy.

Are you located downtown? what about parking?

We are located dowtown, but just barely. You can find us easily from New Circle Road at either the Richmond Road exit or Winchester Road exit. We have a parking lot directly behind our office, so you won't have to worry about finding a spot on the street.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule, you may do so from the appointment confirmation email you received upon booking your appointment. If you lost the email, no worries, just give us a call at (859) 687-7010.

New Client FAQ

What is your cancellation policy?

White Willow Massage Therapy enforces a cancellation policy. We ask that you respect our time just as we respect yours. In the event of cancellation, we require 24-hour notice. Without proper notice, therapist reserves the right to charge a 40% cancellation fee. Therapist will assume that client is a no-show if the client is more than 15 minutes late, in which case a 50% no-show fee will apply. 

Is massage right for me?

Chances are, yes! However, massage is not suitable for some medical conditions such as acute inflammatory conditions including lymphedema, fever or contagious illness, and blood clot disorders, to name a few. If you're uncertain if massage is safe for you, please contact your primary care provider.

Do I have to undress completely?

You should always feel comfortable during your massage. After a brief intake, your therapist will leave the room to allow you to undress to your comfort level. White Willow Massage Therapy practices conservative draping, ensuring that you'll never feel exposed. We will only uncover the area of your body that we're working on. Some clients are comfortable being completely undressed while others prefer to leave on undergarments. Some clients will be more comfortable with some articles of clothing on. Any of these options are completely acceptable.

Does deep tissue massage hurt?

The short answer is no. However, your deep tissue massage may feel intense at times. If you're ever feeling pain, you should let your therapist know immediately and she will adjust the pressure to your comfort. Remember that your nerve endings are your own and we can't feel your feelings.

Should I tip my massage therapist?

Sure! While tips aren't mandatory by any means, they are appreciated. Massage is an important part of your wellness routine. If finances are an issue, do not feel obligated to tip.

How should I expect to feel after a massage? What about aftercare?

After your massage, you should feel relaxed, physically, energetically, and emotionally. You may feel invigorated, sleepy, or hungry. We recommend that you drink plenty of water, eat healthy food, and get plenty of rest. If you feel sore the next day, let your massage therapist know and she will adjust the massage pressure accordingly.

How often should I have a massage?

Every body is different. Some clients see us weekly, while others come in every six weeks. For regular maintenance, just like changing the oil in your car, we recommend at least one massage per month to keep your mind and body healthy and happy.

Are you located downtown? what about parking?

We are located dowtown, but just barely. You can find us easily from New Circle Road at either the Richmond Road exit or Winchester Road exit. We have a parking lot directly behind our office, so you won't have to worry about finding a spot on the street.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule, you may do so from the appointment confirmation email you received upon booking your appointment. If you lost the email, no worries, just give us a call at (859) 687-7010.