"The first wealth is health."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Acupuncture entails the insertion of very thin needles into the skin to harmonize qi in the body. The practitioner utilizes patient report, observation of the tongue and pulses, palpation of the body, and observation of the patient to determine the patient's Chinese medical diagnosis. With this diagnosis, the practitioner determines the imbalances present within the patient and treats the patient accordingly, using acupuncture needles and other Chinese medical therapies, like cupping, gua sha, and/or tui na to correct these imbalances. Each treatment is customized to the patient's presentation of symptoms and imbalances.
Massage Therapy is considered one of the earliest therapeutic tools used to alleviate pain. Written records date back to 2700 BCE in both China and Egypt. There are various forms of massage therapy practiced in the United States and worldwide, which address a multitude of conditions- everything from stress-reduction to chronic low back pain. Research indicates that massage therapy enhances the immune system, facilitates tissue recovery and growth, increases alertness and circulation, and reduces stress and pain.
Types of Massage Therapy at Waypoint Integrative Health
Every massage therapy session at WIH incorporates the following principles as it relates to the client’s unique needs:
Swedish- Most common form of massage therapy utilizing long, gliding, kneading, friction, and tapping movements.
Deep Tissue Therapy- Deep, focused work on muscle layers and fascia.
Positional Release Therapy- Focuses on a tender or constricted area of the body and the body’s ideal position of comfort necessary to release dysfunction of said area.
Neuromuscular Therapy- Addresses Trigger Points, which are areas of hyper-irritable tissue(s) that overload the central nervous system and cause referred pain.
Orthopedic Massage- Focuses on orthopedic conditions from the perspective of treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention via work on soft tissues. Often used in the context of injuries.
Myofascial Release- Sustained, gradual pressure is applied to connective tissue to ease constraint and improve mobility.
Sports Massage- Focuses on muscle-joint interaction, range of motion, and mobility. Often used in the context of injury prevention and pre-/post- training events
Heather also offers specialty massage for women, which are tailored to meet individualized needs:
Prenatal Massage- Swedish massage, Myofascial Release, and gentle stretches are used to ease pregnancy-related discomfort and/or exacerbation of pre-pregnancy symptoms. Often performed in the sidelying position.
Postnatal Massage- Focuses on the mother’s postpartum healing. Gentle abdominal work, if appropriate.
Fertility Massage- Utilizes Swedish, Craniosacral, and Abdominal massage therapy combined with Reflexology and Cleansing therapies to promote and support healthy fertility.
Massage Therapy Rates
30 Minute Massage Therapy Session: $60
60 Minute Massage Therapy Session: $100
75 Minute Massage Therapy Session: $115
90 Minute Massage Therapy Session: $130
120 Minute Massage Therapy Session: $170
Prenatal Massage Therapy Rates
60 Minute Session: $100
Fertility Massage Therapy Rates
60 Minute Session: $105 90 Minute Session: $135
Chinese herbs have been studied and utilized for centuries in Asia for a multitude of ailments. They are used for prevention of symptoms and disease, to regulate the body's cycles, e.g. digestion, menstrual cycle, and reproduction, and to treat symptoms and disease both externally and internally.
In modern, Western culture, they are studied and implemented for a variety of medical issues as well. There is evidence-based support for the use of Chinese herbs for the treatment of many conditions.
The practitioner prescribes Chinese herbs in tandem with acupuncture treatment and bases all prescriptions on Chinese medical diagnosis. Only Chinese herbs that sustain rigorous testing demonstrating the highest quality and lack of heavy metals, pesticides, and/or other contaminants are prescribed. Chinese herbs can be prescribed in capsule, granule, or raw herb form (tea).