Wellness Massage

Wellness Massage

Wellness massage is an excellent way to counter the complex effects of  stressful lifestyles in our modern world. Chronic pain and tension can be caused by a variety of issues. 

Whether your pain stems from chronic stress due work demands, an unbalanced home/work lifestyle OR emotional distress such as depression and/or anxiety, OR a physical challenge such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, low back pain, massage is a valuable tool in your wellness routine to promote overall well-being. 

With the proven cumulative effects of massage, massage is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule, at least once/month is optimal, allowing therapist and client to work together to alleviate chronic issues.

Massage Techniques 

Relaxation – Also known as Swedish massage, this gentle technique uses soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on topmost muscle layer. This can also be combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish massage promotes relaxation, circulation, and energy.

Deep Tissue – This style of massage aims to break up, loosen and release chronically locked up muscles by going deep into the connective tissue. Deep tissue is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule to soothe muscles and keep the connective tissue flexible.

Hot Stone - Smooth, flat, heated basalt stones are added to the back during a relaxation massage session. The heated stones help to alleviate muscle tension, discomfort, and pain through gentle warmth, promoting a deeper sense of relaxation. 

Mayofacial Release: This particular massage works with the body’s fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and is woven throughout the whole body. Mayofacial release frees up adhesed tissue offering more flexibility, reducing discomfort and improving range of motion.  

  • Cupping - Cupping creates negative pressure which can loosen muscles, promote blood flow to tissue and helps to sedate the nervous system. It's a great addition for repetitive use conditions, chronic issues and facial restrictions. 
  • Gua-Sha – A traditional Chinese medicine technique in which the skin on the back and other parts of the body is scraped with a rounded edge such as a ceramic spoon or ox-horn carved tool. Gua-Sha breaks up myofascial adhesion, i.e. pain and restriction in the connective tissues, which promotes the body’s own natural healing response.  

Michele Hislop LMT

Michele Hislop LMT

What clients are saying...

Nichole P.


 “Massage enhances my efforts to be conscious of me and taking care myself, so that I can better give to people when they need me.I was nervous going into Michele’s studio the first time since I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now I can’t wait to get there!  What I love about Michele is she asked me questions and got to know me.  She took it slow and made sure my massage experience was what I needed.  If only there were more people like Michele!” 

Becky D.

recreate balance gua sha client testimonial

"The Gua sha treatment that you did for me was just what I needed! All of the symptoms I was having have been gone since my last massage. Thank you so much- you are awesome!"

Gail L.

recreate balance massage testamonials

Michele is outstanding in at least two areas. First, she is flexible in her approach to my needs, every time. She checks in with me and uses a broad array of techniques that adapt to my body’s current circumstances. This ability is based on her solid understanding of body structure and function; she’s constantly taking additional coursework. Secondly, she creates a safe, comfortable, and calming space.