Bodywork & Massage Therapy Vancouver WA

Relaxation, restorative functional movement, pain relief & management

Bodywork & Massage Therapy Vancouver WA

Massage is the original touch therapy that has been around for as long as humans have been on this planet. The earliest written records of massage date back to 3000 BCE throughout China, India, and Egypt. Massage is intended to relax the body and bring relief to aches, soreness, and pain.

Everybody experiences physical discomfort at some point in their life. But some people have pain that requires specific attention. Whether temporary or ongoing, many pain ailments can be addressed by a massage and bodywork specialist.

A bodyworker is a licensed massage therapist that has gone above and beyond required training to become board certified. The training received is medically-focused.

Our Massage Therapists in Vancouver WA

Kristi Glaze

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

Welcome! I'm Kristi and I have spent my career working in clinical settings with lovely humans of all ages and walks of life. I specialize in relaxation and relief from chronic pain, and I'm passionate about helping my clients live their best, pain-free lives. I look forward to seeing your smiling face!

Massage Therapist & Myofascial Release Specialist

Hi, I am Randy, and I have several years of experience working in an integrated, multidisciplinary pain and addiction center before moving to the PNW.

My goal is to use the skills I have learned to help people reduce and manage their pain.

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Therapeutic tools used by our bodywork & massage therapists include:
  • Circulatory Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Neuromuscular Therapy

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • Cupping

  • Circulatory Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Neuromuscular Therapy

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • Cupping

  • Structural Integration

  • Rolfing

  • Somatic Education

  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Receiving therapy from a trained bodywork or massage specialist can help you address lingering pain complaints that won’t go away on their own.

How is medical massage therapy different from traditional “spa” massage?

Medical massage therapists provide goal-oriented treatments to achieve specific outcomes. Traditional massage only has one goal: whole body relaxation. With spa massage, the treatment is generally the same for everyone regardless of the uniqueness of their body. With medical massage, a clinical therapist works with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.

What conditions does massage therapy help?

All acute and chronic pain complaints should first be screened by a physician to ensure there are no immediate concerns or underlying pathologies that need to be addressed prior to massage and bodywork. Once you have been cleared, massage and bodywork can safely help relieve:

  • Shoulder pain

  • Neck pain

  • Headaches

  • Tingling & numbness in hands/feet

  • Low back pain

  • Mid back pain

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Shoulder pain

  • Neck pain

  • Headaches

  • Tingling & numbness in hands/feet

  • Low back pain

  • Mid back pain

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Hip pain

  • Knee pain

  • Ankle Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Fascial adhesions

  • Restrictions in range of motion

  • Stress and tension

Are you ready to optimize your health?

Bodywork and Massage Therapy can reduce your pain and allow you to feel relief throughout the day. If you’re interested in initiating care with a specialist in Bodywork or Massage Therapy in Vancouver WA, call us at Northwest Health Specialties today:

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Questions: Bodywork & Massage Therapy Vancouver WA

What do I wear to a massage therapy appointment?

Welcome to Northwest Health Specialities! For bodywork or massage therapy in our health clinic in Vancouver WA, you can wear clothing that feels comfortable.

For a medical massage, your massage therapist may work through your clothes to provide easier movement with stretching. We will provide covering wherever needed to maintain your comfort and modesty.

Can I get a massage therapy if I have an injury?

It depends. The first two weeks after an injury is considered to be an acute healing phase.

During this time, please seek care from a physician first for examination. The doctor will let you know when it is safe to receive massage and bodywork.

Is it true I need deep pressure massage to experience pain relief?


A lot of people subscribe to a “no pain, no gain" type philosophy, but with massage therapy this is not based in truth!

Think of your muscles like silly putty. Throw silly putty against the wall and it bounces. Hold that same silly putty in your hands and it melts. Your muscles are the same way! Not everyone can handle deep pressure and that’s okay.

Communicate with your therapist about what pressure is right for you.

How long is a session for massage therapy Vancouver WA?

In the NWHSWA health clinic massage therapy sessions can be scheduled for 60 or 90 minutes.

How will I know if my body is improving?

Your therapist will go over your personal goals and set measurable outcomes specific to you. Follow-up questionnaires and assessments will monitor progress.

How often can I receive a therapetic massage?

Technically you can have a therapeutic massage everyday!

For our patients for massage therapy in Vancouver WA most find that a day or two between massages is the right amount of time. We are happy to discuss the ideal schedule for your health and wellness needs.

Do I need a doctor’s recommendation to receive a massage?

No. However, it is highly recommended to see one of our doctors first to be screened prior to your appointment.

It is also important to check with your health insurance plan as some plans will require a doctor’s prescription for massage therapy.

What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is a group of taught, sometimes tender muscle fibers that create local and referral pain patterns in the body.

What is myofascial release?

“Myo” is Latin for muscle and fascial comes from the word fascia. Myofascial Release is a manual technique that involves gentle stretching and focused massage to release tension and pain in the body and increase functional movement.

Myofascial Release can be used to help with a variety of issues such as chronic pain, injury recovery, and even stress. It's a gentle and effective way to improve mobility and flexibility, and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

For Myofascial Release in Vancouver WA, we welcome your call!

What is fascia?

Fascia is the stringy connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, organ, and bone. It is everywhere in the body! Tendons are made up entirely of fascia. Fascia is the structure that holds our body together.

Will insurance cover massage therapy?

Some insurance plans will cover massage therapy. Give us a call 360-519-7631 to find out if you are covered.

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Northwest Health Specialties

Based in Vancouver, Washington we specialize in Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, and more.

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