Back In Balance

Susan VandeWalle, LMT (906-869-4246)

Services and Rates

Investing in massage is an investment in your health. I have recently updated my pricing policy which you may see at the bottom of this page. For your convenience, a variety of options are available to meet your massage therapy needs. Some of these options include:

Swedish Massage: Considered "traditional" massage, it is the most commonly used form of classical Western massage. Swedish massage encompasses many techniques including effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration and tapotement. Strokes are generally performed in the direction of the heart and active or passive movement of the joints may take place.

Relaxation Massage: The primary purpose of this massage is relaxation with the therapist using long, smooth, gliding strokes at a slower, rhythmic pace. Less emphasis is placed on removing adhesions in the tissue, rather, using pressure that is deeply relaxing. Treatment is designed to soothe and relax, not necessarily focus on chronic pain or underlying ailments.

Sports Massage: Combining Timing, Technique and Intent, Sports Massage is applicable to athletes during pre-events, post events, recovery or maintenance periods. Specific massage techniques will be determined during the intake process with each client. These techniques may include effleurage, friction, petrissage, vibration, shaking, compression, broadening strokes, direct pressure, cross fiber friction, range of motion and stretching.

Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points or adhesions, are constrictions within muscle tissue that cause pain and may refer pain to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy, or TRP, is specifically applied pressure to release centralized points of tension and pain. Clients actively participate through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. Significant results and benefits may be experienced after just one treatment. Regular treatments can help to naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

Hot Stone Massage: Warmed Lake Superior stones are positioned on parts of the client's body and used manually to maximize therapeutic benefits. The high iron content helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both a physical and psychological level.

Gua Sha: The traditional Chinese practice of gua sha involves stroking the skin with a stiff instrument made of stone, jade, bone, or horn. In my practice I use stainless steel instruments. This traditional Chinese practice has many healing benefits. By simply increasing circulation and bringing blood to the surface of the body, you can fight inflammation, increase your immune system resilience, and treat a wide variety of diseases.The benefits of gua sha seem to occur after blood is brought to the surface of the body during treatment. As the body reabsorbs this blood, it breaks down hemoglobin, triggering the production and release of HO-1 and its catalysates: bilirubin, biliverdin, and carbon monoxide. These potent chemicals fight infection, inflammation, and a number of other diseases.

Prenatal Massage:Perhaps no one deserves a massage more than expectant mothers! Having experienced prenatal massage during all four of my pregnancies, I can attest to the many healing benefits enjoyed during this time. The expanding womb puts strain on the shoulders, abdominal area and back muscles. All systems (circulatory, respiratory, and digestive for example) are put under additional stress, especially as the pregnancy advances. Possible benefits of prenatal massage include enhanced immunological response; increased oxytocin production; reduced maternal blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate; increased uterine blood supply to enhance fetal health; fewer prenatal complications; reduced fear and anxiety; reduced labor times and complications. Specifically tailored to meet an expectant mother's needs, prenatal massage ensures the mother's body is supported well, utilizing a side lying position, supports and pillows. I am also trained to avoid certain pressure points which may lead to premature labor.

All varieties of massage are included in the following price structure - gratuities are no longer accepted:

  • 30 minutes - $55
  • 60 minutes - $90
  • 75 minutes - $110
  • 90 minutes - $125