Pregnancy & Massage

Pregnancy & Massage

Feeling Pregnant?

Whether you are 6 weeks, 4 months, or past due on your pregnancy, I know how it is to “feel” pregnant. I have 3 kids, and know all about the roller coaster of pregnancy. Pregnancy comes with back pain, sleepless nights, sickness, and changes to your body that chances are… you weren’t warned about or prepared for. My first 2 pregnancies were quite similar, however, my third was different…here’s why…

All Because of Headaches

During my 2-3 month of pregnancy with my 3rd child, I started having terrible headaches. They woke me up at night, I felt like I had them all the time. I saw doctors, took medicine, and even visited the ER. I was desperate for relief. An x-ray showed the my bones in my c-spine (neck) were straightening. So, I started coming in to get therapeutic massages for my neck and head. It was AMAZING! After a few visits, my head started to feel SO much better! My massage therapist recommended I continue to come in during my pregnancy as there were several benefits. I can’t argue with that, so I kept coming each week during the remainder of my pregnancy. That was the best decision EVER!

Results Before & After

When I got massages each week it was wonderful. It was a chance for me to step away from my other 2 young children. It was a chance to relax, to heal the parts of me that felt like they were breaking, and to do something good for me. Plus, after each massage, I felt better! But, even more amazing than the results I received during each massage, were the results I experienced during labor & postpartum.  My labor was significantly shorter and baby got here faster. Plus, I was riding a bike 4 weeks after having a baby! I healed so much faster and felt SO much better, than after my first 2 babies. I could not believe the difference.

I am a believer!

I cannot recommend it more, for every pregnant mom to get regular pregnancy massages. It is worth the time, the money, and the effort. It will pay off, and your body with thank you!



Anxiety & Massage

Anxiety & Massage

What Is Anxiety?

Have you ever had a panic attack? You feel as though you can’t breathe, your heart is racing, and you may have chest pains. Or you may feel that people are talking bad about you, or are out to get you. You may experience sudden bouts of anger or sadness. You’re too scared to do anything in fear of doing it wrong. This is a generalized overview, and it varies from person to person. Some may experience anxiety much worse and others less. I know this first hand. If has made my life difficult in jobs, in keeping friends etc. I along with many others have been put on medications that act as a tranquilizer to help calm you down and focus. The problem here is many times these can put you to sleep for several hours. As a working person this can’t happen.

How can Massage help?

When I got hired on here at Nature’s Whisper Massage I talked to our therapist Karlee about my anxiety and she convinced me to try massage for it and here are my findings. I almost immediately was able to calm down and relax. The aromatherapy helped to bring that immediate feeling. Then Karlee started massaging. The calm feeling was overwhelming. I realized how much my anxiety had caused my muscles to tense up and by having these released was helping pain and pain is a going to cause you anxiety because you are uncomfortable. It’s a whole chain of effects.

Massage has also been scientifically proven to reduce the levels of cortisol which lead to stress and feeling anxious. It also gets in the way of healing wounds and injuries so by reducing yet more pain it is helping to alleviate your anxiety. It also reduces the chemicals that cause the fight or flight reaction in your body.

Want to Stop Worrying? 

It doesn’t have to be clinically diagnosed anxiety for massage to help. It can be a situation at home or at school that is causing you to have anxiety. So do yourself a favor, and come on in and try massage to help relax your mind and body.

Now Included In EVERY Massage…

What Makes Us So Special?

We are a very unique clinic. We use a lot of different techniques in our massages to effectively help our clients. But its not just massage techniques we use, we go the extra mile. Now included in every massage: hot and cold therapy, essential oils, and our Massage Therapists are trained in teaching client personal care as well as taking continuing education. We use all of these together to give the clients the best treatment we possibly can.

Why Use Hot and Cold Therapy?

Using ice and heat is a well-known treatment used commonly for muscular pain. Using hot stones during a massage is not just relaxing and stress reducing, it has many other benefits as well. Studies show that it helps relieve chronic muscular pain, may help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as Fibromyalgia, and even boost the immune system. Why ice? This technique is less common but super effective. We use ice as a way to help decrease inflammation in injured tissues and decrease pain. A perfect example of a chronic condition that would need this technique is Arthritis. Another example is, we had a client come in after knee surgery. Even after waiting six weeks, the clients knee was still inflamed. Our Massage Therapist used ice massage to help bring down the swelling and lessen the clients pain. If you have any questions or want this technique applied to your next massage, just ask your Massage Therapist. They will be more than happy to help.

Essential Oils

We all love Essential Oils (EO) and they have so many different benefits, that’s why they are called essential, right? There are many ways that EO’s could be used. They could be used for anxiety and depression, when you’re sick or trying to prevent getting sick, or for pain. At Nature’s Whisper Massage we commonly use them for pain and for clients who are sick. There is such a wide variety of EO’s that our Massage Therapists use. One of our many favorites is peppermint. This helps decrease inflammation and allows them to not overwork a strained muscle. Our Massage Therapists use their best judgement of what EO to use that best fits the client’s needs.

Continuing Education. It’s Important!

We at Nature’s Whisper Massage believe in the power of continuing education. We want only the best for our clients. In order to give our clients the best, we have to know as much as we can. We require our Massage Therapist’s to take courses of their choice. Our Massage Therapist, Karlee, is taking her specialized Prenatal course. Our 3rd Massage Therapist, Anne, is taking her specialized Fibromyalgia course. Both of these courses will benefit our clients. Our Goal Our main goal is to help our clients to the best of our abilities and help them heal. That is why we use all of the therapies we do. No matter what it is you need, we can help.

Stretching Tips

Stretching Tips

Karlee is back to show us some great stretching tips! Stretching can help you work out problem areas in your muscles, and help prevent cramps, discomfort, and more. Check out this 1 minute video to learn more!

Check out these AWESOME tips from Karlee:

Posted by Nature's Whisper Massage on Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Importance of Touch

The Importance of Touch

What is touch?

Touch, it’s a great thing isn’t it? From a hug, a good firm handshake or a nice massage. Touch is a huge part of our lives. Moms give kisses to their children when they get hurt, your boss gives you a pat on the back after a successful review. Out of all 5 of our senses, physical touch is probably the least appreciated. Sometimes next to sight, hearing, tasting, and smelling…one might put touch at the bottom of stack. This is a mistake. Where would we be without physical touch? WHAT is the importance of touch? Let’s talk about it…

How can touch help?

Massage increases your sense of touch, this has been proven to help the body be healthier. Not only does a massage therapist help get out those nasty knots that have been bothering you for days. Massage also releases endorphin’s to help you be happy. Have you ever been sad and thought “I could use a hug” this scientifically can work because the brain responds positively and releases those endorphin’s making us feel better. This is only the tip of the ice berg.

Types of Touch

You may ask yourself what some ways to gain touch are? I mentioned a few above, the handshake, the pat on the back or a mother’s kiss. Touch can be summarized into two basic forms. One is discriminative touch. This is our bodies system of communicating the location, strength, and movement of touch. Next is emotional touch, this is feeling you get from touch such as hugs from a dear friend, the touch of a caring mother, and intimate touch. Therapeutic massage is a great way increase benefits of touch. By working through problem areas, and focusing on restoring the body to healing…our clients can FEEL better. They can more easily feel the joy of touch, and less of cringes of pain. Our therapists are trained in just that, touch; they’ve been trained to know the body and its specific needs.

Wrap it Up

Now if you are feeling like you need a hug don’t be afraid to hug the next person you see. Hold your significant other close for 30 seconds or longer (as rule of thumb from my mother in law) pat someone on the back to tell them good job. Listen to your body. Don’t ignore the communication your body is trying to send through your sense of touch, after all you don’t want to live without it!

Massage & Music

Massage & Music

When you come in to receive a massage at Nature’s Whisper Massage, one of the 1st things you may notice is the calming nature music that can be heard in the background. Why is this? You may say that this type of music is relaxing, so naturally it goes well in a massage environment. You would be right in saying this, however, there are more benefits that you may not know…let’s explore Massage & Music.

Therapy in Nature

Nature is therapeutic for the body. It helps us to feel grounded, to feel whole, to heal. There have been many studies done on the benefits of nature for humans of all ages. We practice therapeutic massage, so we bring in the extra therapy that nature brings into our massages. As our therapists work to heal and help your muscles, you can focus on the sounds of a waterfall, a trickling stream, a rainstorm, a wooded forest, a crackling fire…all set to beautiful instrumental music.

Music & Massage…Related?

What do massage and music have to do with each other? Can muscles FEEL music? Do muscles respond to music…? We know that our bodies respond to music. We feel emotions when we hear music. Music can make our bodies move as we feel the rhythm. And music can help us relax. When our muscles relax, they are much easier to work on. A therapist can then get to the root of pain, instead of just working on the surface. Music can also bring emotions to the surface. Massage therapist are trained to respond to the changes in emotions during massages. They can tailor each movement to each client’s needs.

Our Music Updated

After receiving some feedback from our clients, we have made some updates to our music. We encourage all to come and listen. Come feel relaxed as you are able to work through aches, pains, and work towards the body that you want to have. The Nature Sounds set with calming music is a great environment for healing.

How Does Music Affect You?

We want to know how music affects you? Are there genres that you prefer over others? Do you agree that music can be healing? Comment on this post and receive $5 off your next massage!

Massage for Minors?

Massage For Minors?

Why would a child or teen need a massage? You would think that children don’t need massages…they don’t have stress, right? What could they have to relax from? Let’s talk about the benefits that minors receive from massage.

Massage Benefits for Minors?

Teens and children have growing and energetic bodies, but they also benefits from massage emotionally. Kids & teens are often very active, and as a result their muscles tighten and create trigger points (knots). Massage increases circulation and promotes healthy muscles and growth. Massage also boosts endorphins (happy boost), this can help with anxiety & depression that faces many young people. 

Client Experience

I had a client come in with her eight year old son, not knowing what to do. He hurt himself while playing around with friends, and was having constant headaches with extreme back pain. His mom had to check out of school as a result. He couldn’t do normal actives he enjoyed. His sleep suffered, and school studies decreased. I started working on the child’s back, helping the muscles that surrounded the spine to no longer pull his hips. This got rid of the intense lower back pain. I then worked on his neck and shoulders, and got rid of his headaches. He was back to his regular activities in just five weeks! He was able to sit through school, run with friends, play sports…the sky was the limit!

Play Hard, Heal Smart

But it’s not just playing  that can lead to injury, it can also be playing sports or musical instruments. Let’s take baseball as an example; throwing the ball can shorten the muscles, causing aches and pains in the child’s elbows and shoulders. Or running around the field, can cause lower back and hip pain. Not only can massage help to heal the body after injury or pain, it can PREVENT it from happening in the first place. 

Now let’s talk about why massages for kids who play instruments is beneficial.  Let’s look at a child who play the flute; the arms are in one static position, with little rest and decreased blood flow. Creating not just neck and shoulder pain, which includes headaches, but it will also create lower back pain as they have to sit up in a constant straight up position. But it’s not just the flute, it can be any instrument, like the violin and the piano. Practicing and performing for hours each week, leads to tension and pain. Massage can help the muscles learn to perform better in these situations. 

All in all, it’s healthy for minors to receive massage regularly, whether its maintenance and preventative, or it’s to solve muscular tension.

-Karlee Boston, LMT

Sore After Massage?

Sore After Massage?

When you think of a massage, I bet you think of relaxation, soft touch, and cucumbers on your eyes. Right? While this can be true in some places, it

isn’t with us. Many of our clients experience sore muscles in the day(s) following their massage? Which leads to the question, who would sign up to be sore after massage?

Working Out Muscles

Think of how you feel after you work out at the gym. Are you sore the next day? Why is that? Working out stimulates your muscles to change, to become leaner and stronger.

It is the same with therapeutic massage. This type of massage stimulates changes in your muscles. It forces out the waste that builds in your body. It trains your muscles to move back to the areas they belong, and to loosen so they can function as they are designed to. Most of the soreness comes when the deeper muscles are worked. When the surface muscles have been worked, the therapists can move down to muscles lying under the surface. These muscles may not be used to touch, let alone deep massage.

Is it worth it?

Yes! Often we don’t realize how our bodies COULD be working. We don’t register the pain we feel, or appreciate the joy we could feel when it is not there any more. So while I can understand being hesitant to schedule a massage, when you know you are going to feel it tomorrow…I also know that the pain means by body is healing. It is GOOD PAIN! It is important to drink lots of water immediately following a massage, and continue to do so for the next day or two. This will rehydrate your muslces and ease the effects. Take it easy after your massage. Go home, relax and just allow your body to find its balance naturally. Like exercise, make therapeutic massage a habit in your life. And if you wake up the next morning a little sore, it’s probably because you had a really good massage.

Why I DON’T Work at a Spa

Why I DON’T Work at a Spa…

There is nothing wrong with a good spa massage, to be able to relax while someone works on those tense muscles is amazing. Although spa massage is great, it’s not for me, and here’s why I DON’T work at a spa…

Fixing Problems at the SOURCE

I enjoy, and take pride, in physically changing a muscle that is contracted and wound up. Getting rid of knots and long- term relief, are a few reasons why I LOVE my job. That is something that spa massage doesn’t give. I love setting up a treatment plan and working with my clients to meet their health goals. My favorite moment is when one of my clients comes in and says “Karlee! I haven’t had a headache in the past three weeks!” When originally this client had constant migraines and headaches every day.

The ability to help someone who is in pain and suffering daily is what I live for. Therapeutic massage is all about what I can do for my clients, and how can I change their daily lives. How can I help them walk, or sit, without pain? It’s like a puzzle that I get to solve.  Sometimes I feel like a detective, listening to and feeling their muscles tell me what the problem could be, and solving the it by working specific areas, muscles and tendons.

Let’s Talk About YOU!

Another reason I chose Therapeutic massage, is to get to know my clients. Typically, a spa massage is less personal. There is not a lot of communication, and that is fine for that field. However, because therapeutic massage has treatment plans (not only is it a plan for the muscles, but a timeline for best & fastest path to healing) most of my clients talk. I get to know about their families, their day to day lives, how their day has been, and some of the stress that they are under. Opening up and talking while getting a massage is very beneficial. It allows the client to accept the stress in their life and release it. I believe that forming a true relationship between therapist and client, builds the trust needed to bring healing. It’s just another way that I can help my client.

My joy, and my life, is based around helping others, and that is why I don’t work at a spa.



Print to receive $5 off ANY massage.

Not valid with any other offers

Client Testimonial- Massage is my game changer

Client Testimonial- Adrienne

This is the story of why massage is MY game changer. I started coming to see Karlee in the summer of 2017. I had hurt my back and wanted to fix the problem, not mask the problem with pain meds.  Karlee was able to help get me back on my feet.

Let’s tackle a long term problem!

I continue to go see Karlee for therapeutic massage because I have several problem areas and we are working on a goal! My situation may be unique. I had a lot of swelling with my first pregnancy 11 years ago, the fluid got trapped in my lymphatic system and stayed.  No doctor, or anyone else, could ever tell me what to do for the constant swelling in my legs and feet.  My legs and feet have hurt for many years, and I had given up on seeing ankles again.  Honestly, it was embarrassing to wear shorts and have people see my legs and ankles. I asked Karlee about it while she was working on my back. She said she could help! This was something that I was really exciting to hear. I had been searching for relief for YEARS. I started to believe that this was just what it was and there was nothing I could do about it. Then, Karlee gave me hope!  As she started on my legs and ankles, she had to work very slowly because they were so swollen. One day I came in and told her my legs had been feeling so heavy, I was really frustrated.  My legs were so heavy, they felt like they each weighed 100 pounds.  It took all of my effort to make it through the day. I could only do basic tasks.  It drained me!  That day she worked very aggressively on my legs and was able to move the blocked fluid out of my legs and the heavy feeling went away and hasn’t returned. It was truly a blessing for me.  I have six kids to chase around and I can’t afford to be kept down.

Massage is my game changer!

For me therapeutic massage is my game changer.  Without Karlee’s expert knowledge and care I would not be able to live my life like I want and need to.  I know that I have a long way to go to get out all of the fluid that is  suck in my legs, ankles and feet, but I am confident that in the end all of the pain and hard work will be worth it.  I would highly recommend trying Therapeutic massage.

 – Adrienne Nelson