Massage Services

Auto Injury (PIP)

Suffering from an injury related to an auto accident?
Massage therapy may help you to recover more rapidly from many injuries resulting from an automobile accident and reduce pain and discomfort during the healing process. Common injuries include Cervical Acceleration / Deceleration (CAD), also known as “whiplash”, neck and back injury including strains, sprains and spasms, tendon injury, muscle spasm, myofascial pain, headache, migraine, and insomnia. Deep tissue techniques, myofascial release and neuromuscular techniques are helpful with these types of injuries.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP coverage)
Allows you to seek out Complimentary Alternative Medicine for pain and injury relief. You may use PIP coverage on your own policy or the policy of the person at fault.

Begin your journey to healing
By requesting a referral for massage from your physician, naturopathic physician, and/or chiropractor. If you desire the care of a gentle and effective chiropractor, we highly recommend Dr. Bonnie Verhunce, Vitality Chiropractic here in Des Moines at 206- 866-6752.  PIP coverage includes Chiropractic care.

After receiving your referral, call our office at 206-824-1441 to schedule an initial assessment appointment with one of our Licensed Massage Practitioners. Prior to your scheduled appointment, we will verify your benefits with your insurance company. We will need the name of your insurance company, address and phone number, incident claim number, and the adjustor’s name and phone number. Then, just concentrate on your healing. We will handle the billing and coordination with your healthcare team.

Hot Stone Massage

Unwind with the curative energy of nature
In harmony with your body’s own energy centers. Enjoy the serenity of inner peace with a meditative full body treatment by warmed, rounded river polished basalt stones placed on your back at each of the body’s seven energy centers, called Chakra points. The stones warm the body, and are also an extension of the therapist’s own hands, as they are used to massage and warm tight muscles and encourage lymph flow, thereby releasing toxins. When stimulated by the warmth of the stones, the chakras encourage balanced energy flow throughout the body. This balance helps to reduce any muscle pain, promote healing, release stress, and provide deep relaxation.

Essential oils
provide the soothing gliding medium for the heated stones as you sink deeper into quiet relaxation. For some, the meditative quality of Hot stone Massage has a spiritually grounding effect that promotes a greater sense of well being.

Hot Stone massage
Is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have sunburn. If you are menopausal, be aware this type of massage may trigger a hot flash.

Intraoral Massage

Do you suffer from agonizing jaw pain? Chronic migraines? Impaired range of motion in your jaw and neck? Intraoral massage may be able to help!
Intraoral massage techniques work the muscles and soft tissues of the neck, throat, head and both inside and outside of the mouth. When working inside the patient’s mouth, the massage practitioner is gloved and uses very gentle, slow and small movements to release the muscles and fascia of mastication and associated structures. The goal is to facilitate balance in the head and neck. Intraoral massage can be quite intense, but should not be painful. Hour- long sessions include pre-assessment, treatment massage, rest, and post-assessment. The length of the actual treatment massage portion of the session is dictated by the patient’s comfort level.

The treatment goals of intraoral massage are:

  • Increased pain-free range of motion for the neck; extension, flexion and rotation
  • Increased pain-free range of motion and alignment for the jaw
  • Release muscular tension, which may also include emotional release

Typically, this type of work is useful for patients who are experiencing:

  • Head injury
  • Whiplash
  • Significant dental work including orthodontia strain or post oral surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)
  • Clicking jaw (misalignment)
  • Chronic headache, migraine and /or sinus issues
  • Teeth clenching, grinding (bruxism)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Digestive issues

Signs and Symptoms of TMJD:

  • Clicking, popping, or grinding of the mandible on opening and closing
  • Mandible deviation; anterior / posterior, or lateral
  • Headaches
  • Postural dysfunctions including head forward posture
  • Limited range of motion of the jaw opening
  • Ear congestion and pain
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Nausea
  • Loose teeth
  • Clenching/bruxism (grinding)
  • Spasms, including head or facial pain
  • Fatigued facial muscles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Cervical (neck) pain
  • Postural problems
  • Paresthesia of fingertips (tingling)

Treatment Options

  • If you are a patient seeking Intraoral massage through your medical insurance, you must get a prescription from your healthcare provider with a diagnosis code for intraoral massage with a frequency and duration for treatment clearly indicated. At this time, we are providers for Aetna and Group Health medical insurance plans. However, all insurance plans are different and you should check your benefits to see if Intraoral Massage Therapy is covered under your plan.
  • Dental insurance and Personal Injury Protection plans also require your healthcare professional’s referral for Intraoral massage therapy, again with diagnosis codes and frequency / duration.
  • If you are a self-pay patient, we offer a discounted rate for payment at the time of service and no prescription or referral is needed.

Please call us at (206) 824-1441 with questions or for further assistance.

Prenatal and Postnatal Massage

Using specialized massage techniques
Specifically adapted for mothers –to-be, we provide comforting prenatal massage which is designed to relax and assist moms with coping with body changes as baby grows during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.  We also provide treatments that address conditions often associated with pregnancy such as edema, relaxed ligaments, varicose veins, aches and pains (especially in the low back and sacrum), and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Regular massage during the second and third trimesters
May significantly reduce those aches and pains, increase circulation, improve digestion, help with constipation and heartburn, improve sleep quality, and encourage the release of endorphins, which is great for mom and for baby!

Pregnancy and birthing
May result in many challenges and changes to mother’s body. Regular postpartum massage during the year after birth may decrease stress and increase the feelings of wellbeing, stimulate the lymphatic system to release excess water, decrease lingering aches and pains from strained muscles due to pregnancy and labor, and assist in faster recovery from birthing.

Swedish Relaxation Massage

Long, continuous gliding strokes in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart lull the body into a state of deep relaxation. Utilizing a number of continuous soothing massage techniques, this nurturing full body massage relieves tension, anxiety, and stress. A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. The study also reported the volunteers experienced an increase in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.

New York Times
Regimens: Massage Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep
Published: September 20, 2010

Therapeutic Massage

Designed to suit your specific needs, therapeutic massage may help with many chronic conditions, such as frequent headaches, migraines, complications of diabetes, arthritis, back and neck pain, tendonitis, asthma, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Our licensed massage practitioners (LMP) are trained to assess, treat, and provide you with post-massage care suggestions. We work in harmony with your physician, naturopathic physician, and/or chiropractor to create a treatment plan that is better connected to you and your healthcare team.


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22014 7th Avenue South, Suite 105
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Leanne Kuhlman, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Reiki Master / Teacher

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