What is the difference between body-work and massage?

All massage can be classified as body-work, but not all body-work is massage. In the particular case of SLŌ BODY-WORK, as compared to traditional massage (Swedish, deep tissue, etc.), there are some fundamental differences in regards to an approach to the body and desired outcome of a particular session or sessions.

Though some types of traditional massage focus on affecting structural change, most focus strictly on musculature and/or relaxation. SLŌ BODY-WORK, by contrast, comes from the approach of affecting positive structural change by focusing on the fascia and working with the client to address the habit patterns of the body. 

To be clear, we do not view one being 'better' or 'worse' than the other. On the contrary, we believe that there is space for all healing modalities and that some approaches are better for some people at certain points in their lives than others. We also believe in holistic approaches, meaning that traditional massage and SLŌ BODY-WORK treatments can be utilized at the same time, with both being appropriate and beneficial . As well, SLŌ BODY-WORK can interface extremely well with modalities from Eastern and Western medicine.

What is the difference between SLŌ BODY-WORK for stress and a “relaxation” massage?

Relaxation is a fantastic thing and we are big advocates for being able to unwind, especially during stressful times. Giving yourself a break from the pressures of your day-to-day life is an important part of feeling balanced. Often times though, many people find they can't get out of habit patterns of being overstressed: they are stuck in a cycle that continuously brings them back to feeling anxious, pressured, and overextended. This habit pattern of cyclical stress is something that we work to address with our SLŌ BODY-WORK sessions.

If one becomes conscious as to what’s happening when we’re getting stressed, one may notice how the body and mind inform each other. You see, as we have stressful thoughts, parts of the body will be cued to have a stress response (i.e. tension in the shoulders, jaw, face, etc.). So stressful thought patterns directly affect our physical being.

It also works the other direction: if our body is showing signs of tension (chronic or acute), this actually cues the mind into stressful thought patterns. With SLŌ BODY-WORK, we work with the habit patterns of the body to create shifts that provide the opportunity for new more balanced and healthy patterns to occur, enhancing a deeper mind-body connection.  When we shift these habit patterns of the body we are able to have a profound effect, breaking the 'stress cycles' and mitigating the negative impact they have on our bodies, minds, and life.

You mentioned the John Barnes approach multiple times - who is he and what is this approach specifically?

John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB Is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author, and the leading authority on Myofascial Release. Through his 50 years of experience and creative insight, he has developed an innovative and highly effective whole body approach for the evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. An essential element here is time, and has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

There's a lot of terminology on your website, can you simplify what you do down to a few sentences?

Absolutely. Simply put: Where there are areas that are 'stuck' in the body we work to provide openness and in areas where there already is openness, we work to enhance that.

I do ultimate frisbee, rowing, archery, kitesurfing, (insert any lesser known sports/activities here) SLŌ BODY-WORK work for me?

Yes!  Every athletic activity has specific movements and we work with the body to identify how those movements are affecting overall well-being. So no matter what your chosen sport is, SLŌ BODY-WORK can be extremely helpful in enhancing your physicality and your ability to enjoy your chosen sport(s).

Is there parking at your location?

Yes, there is FREE ample parking.

Why don't you accept gratuity?

SLŌ Bodywork is something different from other types of massage therapy that are available. We view these sessions as investments in yourself and your health. Investments shouldn’t have to be 'guessed upon' in the financial sense and we believe that there shouldn't be a need to try and figure out the worth of the work that you’re receiving after every session. We charge a set fair price for clarity, simplicity, and to honor your investment. 

I’m having trouble with the online booking software, who can help me?

If you are having trouble logging in or creating your account, visit If you have questions in regards to payments or scheduling, please reach out directly to us. 

Can I use my HSA/FSA to pay for my bodywork?

The short answer is yes. We are licensed massage therapists and SLŌ BODY-WORK is a professional LLC. However, you will have to have a doctor write you a prescription for a massage. Here's a short article that may help:
You will also need to check with your provider to see if it's an eligible expense.  

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Do you accept insurance?

We do not accept other forms of medical insurance, but we can provide you with the necessary documentation to file for reimbursement. Please check with your company for benefits and any documentation requirements. We accept HSA/FSA (Health Savings Accounts) cards.


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