Bodywork Modalities


Neuromuscular Therapy

NMT is a massage modality that focuses on relieving chronic pain by treating soft tissue to normalize posture. This involves locating and eliminating spasms, hyper-contraction and trigger points from the soft tissues; restoring postural alignment, proper biomechanics and movement patterns; restoring flexibility and increasing blood flow to the tissues; and follow-up by the client in rebuilding strength of the injured, weak, and/or atrophied tissues, as well as building endurance of the tissues for permanent results.

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Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic Massage, also called Medical Massage, is a type of massage therapy which is focused on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. It involves an understanding of the rehabilitation protocol: normalize soft tissue dysfunction; improve flexibility; restore proper movement patterns; and strength and conditioning. Normalizing soft tissue dysfunction is often overlooked, but vital in the rehabilitation process. Immediate stretching and exercise can make things worse, though early exercise can help in some cases. Massage, or manual therapy, is an excellent way to normalize soft tissue, and a range of techniques may be integrated to treat specific conditions. Once the soft tissue is normalized and flexibility is restored, one must learn proper movement patterns such as posture or performing a skill. This is much easier after tissue is normalized and flexible. Orthopedic massage may be recommended by a physician who wants a patient to pursue multiple treatment modalities.



Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese healing method, and means “finger pressure.” Like acupuncture, Shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or Ki (pronounced “chee”) through the body. Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways called meridians to improve the flow of Ki, to calm the nervous system, improve circulation, relieve stiff muscles, and alleviate stress. Shiatsu works on the whole being, from the physical to the spiritual. During and after the treatment a patient may experience a variety of reactions such as crying, laughing, joy, stillness. These reactions are a sign that the body is breaking through old energy patterns. There are several types of shiatsu; those practiced at WHMT are Zen Shiatsu and Shin Tai.  Shin Tai Shiatsu focuses on removing compression from the body and recovering the flow of life force, thereby re-engaging the receiver’s own healing mechanism.  For more information, visit


LaStone Massage

LaStone Massage Heated and cooled stones (Thermotherapy) applied to the body in various ways to bring relief to stiff and sore muscles. Expect more than you have experienced before in massage. A regular LaStone treatment takes 1-1/2 hours to complete. For more information, visit LaStone,


Deep Tissue/Myofascial Release

Deep Tissue/Myofascial Release is a technique that focuses on the muscle tissue as well as the connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds it. Chronic tension causes fascia to become shortened, which impairs the normal function of the muscle and causes pain. Myofascial release uses deeper, sustained pressure and slow strokes to melt and elongate the muscle and fascia, returning them to a healthy state.



“Reiki” (ray – key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy,” the energy found in all things. The Usui System of Reiki Healing, or Usui Shiki Ryoho, applies this energy through gentle touch for the purpose of healing. A Reiki treatment supports the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. When a Reiki practitioner places his/her hands on an area of their own or a client’s clothed body, Reiki flows through the practitioner into the client. This transfer may be felt as any type of sensation—heat, cold, vibration, tingling, unusual heaviness, or sometimes as no sensation at all. Reiki has specifically been documented to relax muscles, still the mind, and ease pain. Hands-on treatment has been scientifically proven to accelerate healing. A full Reiki treatment takes about 60 to 90 minutes. For more information, visit The Reiki Alliance,

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