Massage and Wellness

We have several massage and wellness professionals who are available to work with you in the areas of traditional massage as well as other Holistic and Natural forms of therapeutic treatments. These services include:

Basic Relaxation/Swedish Massage
Focuses on calming the nervous system, reducing tension and anxiety, improving circulation, stimulating the lymphatic system and promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being through Swedish techniques.

Deep Tissue Massage
Focuses on deeper layers of muscles and fascia to address chronically tense problem areas, neck, shoulder, or low back by using deeper pressure and slower movements to isolate muscles, restore movement and relieve pain.

Therapeutic Massage
Combines deep-tissue work, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, acupressure, and reflexology. Each massage is tailored to the needs of the client.

Sports Massage
Utilizes deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, cross-fiber friction, as well as, passive/active release, Swedish strokes, joint mobilization and stretching, which prepares an athlete for optimal performance in different stages.

Hot Stone Massage
Combines the use of heated stones with other massage techniques. This includes having warm basalt stones placed on the body or massaged directly on the body to soften the muscles for a very restorative and soothing massage.

Focuses on stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism by massaging points on the feet that affect related areas of the body. It relaxes the body and mind, reduces tension and anxiety, improves circulation of blood and lymph, and strengthens the immune system.

An ancient healing modality from Japan which focuses energy to support people and pets. Reiki is particularly good for stress reduction and helps to facilitate natural healing on all levels. It is a noninvasive practice which channels universal energy to stimulate the body’s ability to calm, balance, and heal itself. It involves a practitioner placing hands on the body in various positions, but it can also be performed completely hands-off.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Treatments
Essential oils are chemical compounds found in some plants. These chemical constituents can have powerful and beneficial effects on the body, mind and emotions. At Body Balance we use high quality essential oils that are therapeutic grade and certified pure. We offer two different kinds of treatments that use light touch, massage combined with pure essential oils applied to the back, spine and bottoms of the feet. Wonderful for stress management, immunity boosting, hormone balancing and emotional wellness.

Our Therapists

Please see the biographies and respective specialties of our experienced therapist. You may call us at 757-221-0774 to discuss the appointment options or you can connect with the therapist directly through the links below.

Susan Walkley
Sue has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over twenty years and practiced massage at Body Balance from 2007 to 2010. She is also a Licensed Nurse Practitioner who offers private integrative health and botanical consultations. In a massage session she listens to her client’s concerns and customizes the session to what is needed on that day. She understands how a good massage can be therapeutic on many levels. With Integrative Consultation appointments, she offers a uniquely comprehensive holistic healthcare experience. After an extensive intake, she combines biomedical, functional and integrative perspectives to create a personalized lifestyle medicine plan. For interested clients she also creates high quality individualized botanical medicine formulas.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of Hokulani Massage Academy in Hawaii. Hokulani Massage Academy teaches a blended style of therapy which includes Swedish, Therapeutic, Lomi Lomi, Balinese & other various techniques used in body work. This training is the basis for the techniques that Jim incorporates in his massage therapy practice.

As a Virginia native, Jim and his wife Sheila have traveled extensively and settled in the Big Island of Hawaii for 10 years. Before returning to Virginia Jim worked for Mandara Spa at the Westin Hapuna & Mauna Kea Resorts. In addition to being a massage therapist, Jim is a personal trainer specializing in athletic style training & human movement. Jim has a solid background in health and fitness having worked as a consultant in training and nutrition for more than 30 years.

Asha McLaughlin

Asha is a natural health coach, a yoga & meditation teacher, certified breath coach and a Reiki master. Drawing on 28 years of yoga/meditation practice and 30 years of natural health study, Asha enjoys helping her clients to achieve their health and wellness goals naturally and sustainably. Asha offers private consultations to develop specific protocols and healthy lifestyle choices that when done with consistency bring valuable shifts. She believes that small daily practices can bring about big changes! Other ways Asha helps her clients is with holistic practices of Reiki, essential oil and acupressure point treatments. The areas Asha specializes in supporting are Emotional Wellness, Stress & Sleep Management, and Pain/Inflammation relief.

“I love educating and helping to empower people to help themselves and live healthier and happier lives.”  asha

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