RUTH HESSE

  • WA License #: MA00024934
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Competent, Caring, Effective Therapeutic Massage

I am an artist (ruthhesse.com), so I knew before I graduated from massage school that I wanted to create my own unique massage practice.  While I have also worked for others, my primary focus has been building a business that nourishes me, as well as helping others.  I offer a very down-to-earth massage experience.  More often than not, I play mellow pop or old jazz during the massage, rather than the standard atmospheric music sprinkled with pan flutes and whale song.  I try to create a warm...

I am an artist (ruthhesse.com), so I knew before I graduated from massage school that I wanted to create my own unique massage practice.  While I have also worked for others, my primary focus has been building a business that nourishes me, as well as helping others.  I offer a very down-to-earth massage experience.  More often than not, I play mellow pop or old jazz during the massage, rather than the standard atmospheric music sprinkled with pan flutes and whale song.  I try to create a warm and comfortable environment in which giving feedback feels like a natural part of the massage. I like to work with my clients to improve their health and well-being.  


I work in a variety of modalities.  All of my Deep Tissue / Swedish massages include optional massage cupping.  Massage cupping is great for softening tight fascia and breaking up adhesions.  My clients who are runners often request massage cupping to help loosen up tight hamstrings and IT bands.  It is an effective way to treat tight muscles, especially on ticklish people.  Another great way to access the muscles in a non-ticklish way is Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy.  Using the broad surface of my foot, I am able to literally iron out tension from sore, tight muscles.  Because I am able to use my body weight to deliver the stroke, I provide satisfying pressure effortlessly.  

I am certified to do intraoral massage, which is really quite amazing to receive.  If you have jaw issues or headaches, intraoral massage can make your face feel alive again.  Most people have no idea how much tension they carry in their facial muscles (or their glutes, for that matter).  

One of the reasons I do not take insurance is because I like to do hour and a half massages.  A 90-minute massage is long enough for a full-body massage, plus massage cupping.  A 90-minute massage gives me the option of doing a little bit of side-lying (great for IT bands and quadratus lumborum) or seated work.  When appropriate, I try to include some tapotement, as well.  If you don't know what that is, you should probably schedule an appointment!

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Where I Work
Available Tuesday, Friday
Licenses
Massage

WA # MA00024934

Education
2007

Brian Utting School of Massage

1000-hour COMTA Accredited Program

Experience
Bodywork

Primary Areas of Focus

Deep Tissue Swedish Massage Cupping Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy Intraoral Endorsement 2012 For more in depth information about me, visit wallingfordmassagestudio.com

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by marilyn on Dec 14
Ruth, is so creative and innovative , with new techniques! She adds so much to the quality of my day to day. Marilyn
by Michele on Jul 09
Ruth is the best! She has been working her magic for years! She is highly trained & skilled, and always very professional. I appreciate that she is always learning & trying new techniques.
by Anonymous on Jul 09
I liked it all; thank you for a great massage! I'm so glad you are able to offer more time slots in Seattle for a while.
by Suzy on Jun 10
Ruth always keeps it fresh and interesting. She's not afraid to try new techniques to address my many tight and sore spots. Her elbow is my best friend.
by Tracy on Jul 05
I liked how much Ruth taught me about what she was doing and why and I also liked her wonderful, open communication style. She is also incredibly skilled and thorough. It was really the best massage I've ever had!
by Dawn on Jun 27
Ferling very good!!!
by Dave on Jun 18
Ruth is always focused and thoughtful in her approach to massage. She is great at checking in with her clients so they get the most benefit from the work she does.
by Charles on May 14
Ruth was so nice and welcoming, intense and thorough work for sure, but with a very relaxed and personable vibe, seemed really concerned for my comfort. Really great experience, recommended to friends and looking forward to the next one!
by Jonell on May 07
Ruth is extremely skilled at locating and relieving the trouble spots.
by Anonymous on Apr 04
Ruth is superb at working with injuries and with finding the deeper root of tightness.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Deep Tissue
  • Swedish Massage
  • Mobile Deep Tissue

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