Massage Philosophy

Cascade Health Massage offers an alternative approach to health care, pain management and acute injury treatment (auto collisions, falls, blunt trauma) by using a variety of therapeutic massage techniques. 
Injury affecting the physical and/or emotional body can leave a lasting impression known as a psychosomatic response. Understanding the somatic expression of traumatic events is a key component of my approach to healthcare. 
My philosophy is one that orients to each client's inherent health and their body's ability to heal itself. My role as a provider is to support the body's natural healing mechanisms to promote integration of physiological changes into somatic experience. 
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I love what I do for a living and I feel blessed to call my time spent with clients, 'work'. One of the aspects I enjoy most are the interpersonal connections made through the healing art of bodywork. These connections are supported by my ability to listen to my clients' needs and wellness goals in order to integrate varying modalities of soft tissue work into each unique session. 


I transitioned to the field of bodywork after spending my early twenties in a fast paced job doing resource development for non-profits. Though I enjoyed the go-go-go of the development world, I did not have a passion for the work itself. I felt as though some 'magic' was missing from my life and it was then that I decided I needed a change. 

I began thinking about what I wanted to do, rather than what I thought I was supposed to do. I soon enrolled at the Integrated Massage Therapy College and began my journey into alternative health care. After graduating and earning my license to practice, I began working for a chiropractic office where I was able to learn tissue manipulation from a structural perspective. It was then that I decided to focus my continuing education on structural systems and medical massage techniques. 

Upon moving back to the Pacific Northwest, I began working for a chiropractic office in Olympia. Then, after much encouragement from friends and loved ones, I opened my own practice, Cascade Health Massage. In wanting to see my practice specialize to help specific populations, I began a certification course under Lauren Christman in November 2020 after taking a handful of CST courses from the early months of 2020. 


As a student of CST, my rates remain low for this specialty work and I anticipate being able to grow a client base in Greys Harbor with my current pricing menu. The clients who tend to work well with me are those with specific treatment or wellness goals in mind. These can be goals of for emotional, physical or more typically a combination. With a constantly developing understanding of the intricacies of the psychosomatic response, I often work with individuals who suffer from chronic injury, illness, or trauma (birth trauma, childhood, abuse, car accidents, cancer) causing both emotional and physical patterns in the mind and body. 


I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me and if you feel we would be a good fit for each other, I would welcome the opportunity to work with you. 


Amanda Heppner, LMT