Daniel Watkins

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.”

If you feel that you are ready to commit to bringing about positive change in your life, I encourage you to take that first step.

I have over 35 years of combined medical experience in Eastern Medicine, Native American Shamanism and Western Medicine.

Do you want Results?

What is your Health worth?

If all bodies are different, why should everyone receive the exact same massage?


 My greatest reward as a Massage Therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will...

If you feel that you are ready to commit to bringing about positive change in your life, I encourage you to take that first step.

I have over 35 years of combined medical experience in Eastern Medicine, Native American Shamanism and Western Medicine.

Do you want Results?

What is your Health worth?

If all bodies are different, why should everyone receive the exact same massage?


 My greatest reward as a Massage Therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope.





 


Licenses
Massage

MO # 2015011397

Education
2016

The Healing Arts Center

Massage Therapy

2016

The Healing Arts Center

Cancer Massage

Experience
Bodywork

Craniosacral Therapy

Cranial sacral therapy (also known as craniosacral therapy) is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain. Cranial sacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more. According to the National Headache Foundation, approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Often, migraines are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. In a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that participants who received bodywork like Cranial Sacral Therapy had better quality sleep and fewer migraines than participants who didn't. Effects even lasted up to three weeks after therapy ended. Another way to address pain in the head is through scalp massage, which can be extremely relaxing. "Many people don't realize we have muscles on our scalp," says Melissa Wheeler, a massage therapist and the teacher training coordinator for the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, California. "Those muscles are responsible for making our facial expressions, and there can be a lot of tension there, especially when staring at a computer all day or when we are under a lot of stress." Not only that, but the scalp tends to get ignored on a daily basis. "It's tension we're not usually aware of," Wheeler says. "Many people feel that tension melt away when their head is massaged."

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses. Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue. Other conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, or possibly fibromyalgia or migraine headaches. Patient symptoms usually include: Tightness of the tissues that restricts motion or pulls the body out of alignment, causing individuals to favor and overuse one hip or shoulder, for example: A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints that produces pain. Pain in any part or parts of the body, including headache or back pain. The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely, and the patient's motion is restored. For this reason, myofascial therapy is sometimes referred to as 'myofascial release' therapy.

Onocology Massage

An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Oncology massage can only be provided by a massage therapist who has received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment. This training is more about cancer and less about massage. When you are receiving an oncology massage, you are receiving traditional, established massage therapy techniques that have been adapted to account for your unique health situation. The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an "oncology massage" can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, positioning and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, bone metastases or skin reactions to treatment. This client specific massage requires a realease from an Onocology Physician.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu. Swedish Massage Techniques Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.

Reiki Master

Reiki is a sacred practice that requires reverence and our greatest respect if we are to experience its most wonderful value. The benefits of Reiki can be all encompassing, not only giving us the ability to heal ourselves and others, which by itself is deeply meaningful, but also bringing guidance for our lives. Its unlimited nature can create opportunities for continual growth, unfoldment and the awakening of our own boundless potential. The ever increasing joy, peace and abundance that await those who sincerely pursue the path of Reiki are not only a blessing to be enjoyed, but also contain the healing that the planet so dearly needs.

Breathwork

Breathwork is a general term used to describe any type of therapy that utilizes breathing exercises to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. Many forms of breathwork therapy exist today, each with their own unique methods of using breath for healing purposes. Drawing from Eastern practices like yoga and Tai Chi while also incorporating Western psychotherapy techniques in order to bring about self-awareness, breathwork can include elements of talk therapy, breathing exercises, art, music, and bodywork.

Therapeutic Massage

Growing popularity these days is therapeutic massage, a kind of massage offered with the goal of obtaining a therapeutic benefit. It is different from relaxation massage, which is performed to aid in relaxation. This type of massage is often relaxing, but the end goal of this session is not relaxation. The goals of this massage considerably vary between clients and massage therapists. In some cases, massages are performed by a health professional and may be done as part of a larger treatment plan. For instance, someone in physical therapy for an injury might have regular therapeutic massage to improve muscle tone, increase flexibility and loosen muscles. Likewise, it can be used to supplement cancer care, wound care, and many other treatments. Aside from having physical advantages, therapeutic massage can also be psychologically beneficial and may be used to promote relaxation, increase trust, alleviate severe depression or treat other conditions. People can also use this kind of massage as a standalone treatment. Some people regularly gets massages to keep themselves in good physical condition. Athletes, for example, can make appointments for sports massage, a form of therapeutic massage designed for people who engage in athletic activities. Massage may be used as part of a general wellness program for people ranging from secretaries worried about muscle strain to workers who want make their muscles strong and flexible.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Linda on Sep 30
Daniel knows exactly what to do for my trouble spots. He is responsive to my requests but also applies his expertise, and gives good advice for aftercare. He is my pre-race go-to!
by Wendy on Sep 28
one of the best massages I've had in a long time
by Anonymous on Sep 03
Even though i was signed up for a Swedish Massage, once we talked, he changed the type of massage I received. He felt a different type of massage would benefit me. When it was finished, I feel he was correct. My shoulders were more even and my back felt better. Thanks Daniel.
by Amanda on Aug 06
Awesome experience
by Laurie on Jun 28
He did a great job!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Other
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Cancer Massage