Consider the possibilities
The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware–joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
What do you notice when you breath, when you move, when you are still? While the pain and disability of an acute injury grab our attention, how often do we acknowledge a mild but persistent ache or simply a lack of ease? The repetitive activities and sometimes stressful experiences we engage in every day can put physical and emotional strain on the body that can manifest over time as chronic tension and pain. Massage can remind the body of the range and breadth of motion that is possible, breaking the patterns and allowing more fluid, balanced movement with less pain.
* effective December 15, 2007
Payment is expected at the time of service, unless other arrangements are made prior to the appointment.
For payment at the time of service:
- 30 minutes for $45 (after 6 visits)
- 70 minutes for $85
- 90 minutes for $105
- 120 minutes for $135
Onsite massage available—call Danielle for details.
Cash is always welcome, as are local checks and Visa or Mastercard. Private heath insurance, auto accident claims and worker's compensation claims are also accepted with prior authorization. You can also use a flex spending account for therapeutic massage.
Danielle is a contracted or "preferred" provider for the following insurance plans: Premera Blue Cross, Uniform Medical Plan, First Choice Health Network, Lifewise, Aetna, CIGNA, and a number of smaller plans affiliated with First Choice and American Whole Health Network (AWHN).
Please note that coverage for massage therapy varies significantly from plan to plan; checking with your insurance customer service department for the specifics of your plan is recommended. Requesting a referral from your primary care physician or chiropractor for massage therapy for a specific concern is also an excellent first step.
Prepay for nine sessions, get one free.
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419 Queen Anne Ave. N. Ste. 103
Seattle, WA 98109
Sessions are available by appointment only.
|Monday:||8:30am – 6:30pm|
|Wednesday:||10am – 6:30pm|
|Thursday:||8:30am – 6:30pm|
|Friday:||8:30am – 6:30pm|
|Saturday:||9am – 5:30pm|
People you need to meet!
I trust and love the work of all of these practitioners.
- Karen Donald, LMP – (206)283-4972 – Massage Therapy
- Amy Goetz, LMP – (206)818-3118 – Reflexology/Intuitive Work
- Holly Hochstadt, DC – (206)284-3747 – Chiropractic Care
- Derek Strachan, DC – (206)783-6000 – Chiropractic Care
- David Tucker, LMP, L.Ac. – Acupuncture and Accutonics
- Mona Fahoum, ND – (206)525-8015 – Naturopathic Medicine - Primary Care and Nutrition
- Laurie Mischley, ND, Ann Ready, ND, and Erin Sweet, ARNP – (206)525-8012 – See website for details
- The Center for Five Element Acupuncture
- Melanie Wenderlich – (206) 545-7404 – Personal Training/Holistic Life Coaching
- Ursula Popp – Craniosacral Therapy
- Lauren Christman – Craniosacral Therapy/Structural Integration
When to consider massage therapy
Receiving therapeutic massage can be a wonderful way to support health and healing in a variety of situations (information below is courtesy of the AMBP website). Massage has been shown to
- Alleviate back and neck pain and improve range of motion.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins, the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine and tension headache pain.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ–the skin.
- Reduce postsurgical adhesions and swelling.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
What techniques do you use?
A session with me will often include the following:
- Myofascial release
- Swedish Massage
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Postural assessment and range of motion tests
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Soft Tissue Release (a sports massage technique)
- Joint Mobilization
What is a session like?
First, we'll talk together to determine what we will focus on during the session; this also may include some postural assessment and certain range of motion tests. Then, I'll leave the room to allow you to disrobe and get on the table. The room is comfortably warm and quiet, and I will often use a heated buckwheat pack on your back or near your feet to enhance relaxation and soften tight muscles. While I am working, you will be completely draped (covered with a blanket and sheet) except for the area I am working with at the moment; the massage may include working with your arms, legs, back, head, neck, ribcage and abdomen. Throughout the session, I encourage you to communicate if anything feels uncomfortable/painful, and you are welcome to ask questions. At the end of the session, I will leave the room to allow you time to get dressed and reorient, and before you leave, I often recommend some good self-care options for you to consider to support the benefits of the work we did on the table. Post massage, you may feel some residual soreness or fatigue, which usually resolves in 24 hours; you may also feel like a million bucks!
Do I have to get undressed?
Not necessarily. I do work with some clients fully clothed.
What can I do to enhance the benefits of my massage?
Focused breathwork during the session (and anytime) is a wonderful way to support the benefits of massage, as is staying well-hydrated and just moving your body–leaving time for a walk after a session is a lovely idea. There are many other recommendations specific to your concerns that I can share after your session.
How often should I get a massage?
Frequency is largely based upon what your goals are and your lifestyle. Excluding cases with strict referral guidelines (like worker's compensation claims and injury treatment post car accidents), the decision is up to you! From personal experience and feedback from my clients, I know that regular massage (in my case, usually twice a month) can be a welcome way to recharge and reconnect, to address and prevent chronic problems, and to support one during times of increased physical/emotional stress.
Do you accept insurance?
I do; I'm a preferred provider for a number of private health plans and L&I. I also work with clients recovering post car accident (see the "Rates" section for details).
Who are your clients?
I have the good fortune to work with clients of all ages (age 8 to 90) and walks of life (other health care practitioners, construction workers, police officers, pregnant women, people in the corporate world) and I enjoy the diversity.
What led me to become a massage practitioner was experiencing significant mental, emotional and physical shifts via chiropractic and massage. I also love to learn, enjoy a good story and am fascinated by relationships–between structures in the body, between the individual and his environment and between two people, for starters. Your body tells a terrific story about your unique history and your present moment, and as one of my instructors put it, "If you are bored while working, you just arent looking!" Looking and listening to this story sets the stage for a better therapeutic game plan and can support a more complete, full body(mind)- based resolution. I also like to support clients in discovering more awareness, ease and clarity as they better understand why certain symptoms are showing up, due to current and past patterns.
Too esoteric? Want plain English? Come on down anyway–to unwind, to recover from an injury at work or after a car accident, to address chronic headaches or muscle/joint aches, to prep for a physical challenge, to have an atypical cheerleader support you as you work towards your wellness goals or just to tell me a good story.
I enjoy spirals for many reasons. The geek in me loves the complexity of a DNA double-helix and and the idea of all that potential in such a tiny complex package that resides in every cell–talk about interconnected–WOW! After I chose this name for my practice, I opened my eyes and spirals showed up in all sorts of interesting places.
I graduated from Brenneke School of Massage (now Cortiva) in 2004. I also have a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, circa 1999 (this has no bearing on my choice of website colors–sorry, Vol fans). I continue to pursue continuing education every chance I get. I really resonate with Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains body of work and plan to do further education with his Kinesis program, and I'd like to study visceral manipulation and craniosacral techniques.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, I moved to Seattle in 2000, and now live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with my husband, Dan. I love to read, dance, laugh, and hike. In the future, I would like to travel more, develop more of a green thumb, and learn to play to the upright bass.
I have always felt a calling in my life to help facilitate and support wellness in others. Massage therapy is proving to be the perfect modality to fulfill this calling. I felt drawn into the massage therapy field many years before I pursued my training. I was finally able to realize that dream in 2007, when I graduated from the Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle (now the Cortiva Institute). I have been delighted to find that it has exceeded my expectations as a rewarding career path.
My core training in school left me proficient in many massage techniques. I use Swedish, deep tissue, myofacial release, trigger point, passive stretching and lymphatic drainage techniques. I have also had introductory education in foot reflexology, Cranio-Sacral, Jin Shin Do (a form of acupressure massage) and Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiin massage). After graduation, I continued my massage education and became a certified pregnancy and postpartum massage therapist. I am also a birth doula and infant massage instructor. I am dedicated to continually learning and seeking new skills so that I may give the most effective treatments to my clients. I believe that each client has unique needs and will work with you to establish the right treatment for you. I am so passionate about the work that I do. I believe that massage is so versatile and effective and I am thrilled to share my skill and knowledge with anyone who comes my way. Whether you just need to unwind and relax or have chronic pain issues, I am confident that massage can make a difference.
I have lived in the Queen Anne neighborhood with my wonderful husband and two cats since 2003. I love the northwest and am happy to call Seattle my home. I love to read and am frequently trying to learn new things (currently, guitar and French).