Funny how life takes us down unexpected paths. My study of massage was at first an entirely intellectual pursuit in that my intention was to better understand how emotions and memory are stored in the body and how to release them. I never intended to be a practitioner myself. And then, the magic started happening. Witnessing the benefits, first within myself and my classmates, then in my practicum clients and now daily in my Willow clients, I am a true believer in the capacity of bodywork to create the space for healing to occur. Not that I am the healer, I am just the facilitator, the vessel, providing support for others on their healing journeys.
In May of 2015, I left my position at a chiropractic office in South Asheville to open my own massage therapy practice. Having lived in downtown Weaverville for several years and loving this community of kind hearted souls, I could think of no better place to work. Hence, Willow Therapeutic Massage came into being at 2 South Main Street, Suite 29, in downtown Weaverville. I keep the business simple so that I can focus all of my attention on providing the best treatments possible while continuing to expand my knowledge and skills. Many view massage as a luxury, a way to pamper oneself, but in my opinion, massage is an important component of healthy living and should be available to all, so if cost is an issue, let me know and we'll talk about options.
I specialize in trigger point/ neuromuscular therapy but love to blend skills learned from a wide variety of modalities. Many of my clients love detailed, focused work to release acute or chronic pain patterns; others prefer a more soothing, relaxing Swedish massage to help their nervous systems reset to a calmer state. Regardless, I always offer to include aromatherapy, cupping, hot towels, and hot stones into any treatment.
Massage therapy is a second career for me. I spent 10 years working as a counselor with troubled youth and their families. While I loved my work, it felt incomplete, as though I was leaving out critical aspects of self, by attending to only the emotions and thoughts and ignoring the physical self. Discomfort with this approach spurred a quest to better understand the mind-body connection. I quickly realized that there are many paths, including yoga, meditation, acupuncture, Reiki, prayer, breath work, and of course, massage, that with the integration of cognitive therapy, can help heal the whole self, relieving emotional and physical pain. I've integrated several of these modalities into my daily life and can attest to their efficacy. Massage, Reiki, and yoga have been especially helpful in helping me recover from physical, emotional, and spiritual blocks.
In 2011, after moving to Weaverville from my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I enrolled in the massage therapy certification program at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville. After graduation, I earned additional certifications in Pediatric Massage and Infant Massage Instruction through the internationally acclaimed Liddle Kidz Foundation. More recently, I have become trained in Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT), which helps heal trauma by connecting physical sensations with thoughts and emotions.
I’m forever seeking to expand my understanding of the deeper things in life, such as relationships, spiritual matters, and mechanisms of growth and healing. Reading, running, biking, hiking, doing yoga and socializing consume much of my free time. My top priority and loves of my life are my wonderful husband, Bill, and two amazing kids, Maya and Aidan.
I look forward to getting to know you and helping you find greater ease and comfort in your body and your life!
---Wendy Flynn, MA, LMBT #12276