Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy (a.k.a. manual therapy) is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to normalize those tissues.  It also is known to affect the circulation of blood, increase the flow of lymph, and reduce muscle tension.  Whether you choose a custom massage experience or add one of our elevations, our licensed professional massage therapists have your specific needs in mind and will ensure that you reap the most out of your wellness visit.  All of our massage therapists are trained in basic Swedish massage, but typically use a combination of deep tissue, sports, and myofascial release which greatly complements other holistic therapies for the musculoskeletal system.  We are also trained in prenatal and postnatal massage therapy techniques.  For this reason, we are not your typical “spa massage” and our techniques fall under the designation of manual therapy which is often times covered by major medical insurance carriers.  

Swedish Massage
Swedish sessions can target specific areas of pain like a sprained ankle, or they can be used to help manage the chronic pain that comes with conditions like arthritis. By using strokes that improve circulation and increase body-wide relaxation, the massage therapist can help make many painful conditions more bearable.

  • The strokes of Swedish massage replicate the movements of the circulatory system.
  • Swedish massage can break up muscle adhesions and help promote the healthy healing of scar tissue.
  • Swedish Massage uses strokes like cross-fiber friction to work out the kinks that can accompany injured muscles.
  • These strokes help get rid of scar tissue and return the muscles to their normal, healthy state.

Sports/Deep Tissue Massage
Sports massage focuses on relaxing overused muscles and restoring optimal range of motion, increasing flexibility with a variety of techniques such as trigger point, myofascial release, deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and stretching.

  • Sports massage can also provide welcome relief from mental stress for athletes undergoing rehabilitation and recovery and to help relieve muscle stiffness, improve circulation and increase flexibility to prevent strain and tears.
  • Whether your sport involves cycling, running, swimming, jumping or throwing, sports massage can help you improve your performance and stay on top of your game.

Graston is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization therapy that reinitiates the inflammatory process to trigger the healing cascade through reorganization of fibrous tissue.  A contour stainless steel instrument is used to examine and treat soft tissue dysfunction and pathology by facilitating relaxation, enhance edema reabsorption, and desensitize trigger points.

Prenatal Massage
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

Lymphatic Massage Therapy*
Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery or compromised from injury or trauma.

  • Lymphedema can also be present at birth or develop at puberty or during adulthood.
  • This type, known as primary lymphedema, can affect limbs and/or other parts of the body.
  • Even with minor swelling, it can be very effective in the reduction of pain and inflammation such as with tendonitis, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis.

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears.

  • Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
  • Reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point.
  • When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning.

AromaTherapy uses fragrant oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance the benefits of massage.

  • Aromatherapy uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mood or health.
  • Some essential oils such as tea tree have demonstrated anti-microbial effects, while others like lavender and vertiver induce relaxation.

Hot Stones*
Applying hot stones to specific trigger points helps to increase circulation to the affected muscles while reducing chronic pain and stress.

  • Warms up the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which allows the therapist to access deeper muscle layers for a more thorough massage.
  • Safe and effective in treating conditions including pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel and other types of chronic stress, while increasing joint flexibility.

Raindrop Technique*
This technique involves nine different oils which will be dropped along the spine to help bring balance to the body, while clearing and aligning the energy centers. This method also helps to reduce spinal inflammation and to kill viruses that hibernate along the spinal column. Although a session lasts for around 60min, the oils will continue to work in the body for a week or more following the treatment.

Oils Used in the Raindrop Technique include:

  • Valor – balances the electrical energies within the body.
  • Thymesupports the immune system by attacking bacteria, fungus, infection, or virus that may be present.
  • Oregano – works in conjunction with thyme to strengthen the immune system and to attack bacteria and viruses. It may also help balance metabolism and help strengthen the vital centers of the body.
  • Cypress – is used for its antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, and diuretic properties. In addition, it may function as a decongestant for the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
  • Wintergreen – is great for removing discomfort associated with the inflammation of bones, muscles, and joints.
  • Basil – is relaxing to spastic muscles and is stimulating to the nerves and to the adrenal glands.
  • Peppermint – calms and strengthens the nerves, reduce inflammation, and is highly effective when dealing with conditions related to the respiratory system.
  • Marjoram – relax spastic muscles, soothe the nerves, relieves cramps, aches, and pains and to help calm the respiratory system.
  • Aroma Siez– may help to relax, calm, and relieve the tension of spastic muscles resulting from sports injury, fatigue, or stress.

Ortho Ease massage oil will be applied at the end of the session. It is used to help relax all the muscles of the back and legs and to help reduce any stress, arthritic pain, or tension.

*Additional fees may apply which are not covered under insurance.


  • As a new patient, I received an adjustment and subsequently a massage. Angie B was my massage therapist. Due to her outgoing personality and positive spirit, it was very easy to connect with her. Angie’s outstanding massage eased my pain and helped me relax. As a result, I was able to sleep and my stress was gone.  Angie recommended essential oils that helped to manage my back pain and maintain a positive attitude.
    After I gave birth to my baby daughter, I came to see Angie for the postpartum massage. Once again, Angie helped relieve my stress and my back pain. Since Angie provided such high quality services, I felt comfortable to bring my son, Alex (8) for a massage session. Additionally, Sara had a very painful colic and the massages performed by Angie helped the baby to sleep better.

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    • S.D.
    • Pregnancy pain and infant massage
  • I continued to use West U Wellness during my pregnancy. Deidre’s massages are hands down the best therapy I’ve ever had. I still go to West U Wellness for periodic adjustments to help with the aches and pains people get due to posture at the workplace.

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    • K.M.
    • Back pain from work and pregnancy
  • Angela Barela is an amazing massage therapist that I would highly recommend. She has helped me not only with lower back problems but has helped me increase flexibility and decrease muscle tension. I also suggest trying the hot stones, they take the benefits of massage to a whole other level.

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    • L.B.
    • Lower back problems
  • Back pain and migraines brought me to West U Wellness. My treatment included visits with Dr. Yeager and massage therapists Dawn and Deidre. All of them plus the front desk staff are friendly and caring and give exceptional service. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and I always look forward to returning. Dr. Yeager helped tremendously and their massage therapists are second to none. Thank you!

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    • P.S.
    • Headaches and migraines

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