Willow Wellness

Collaborative

Caring, knowledgeable, and customized massage therapy.

616-239-2328

10500 Chicago Dr. Zeeland, MI

By appointment only

The perfect gift for every body

Easily purchase the gift of self-care for anyone in your life.

OUR SERVICES

for Pricing and availability, check out our booking page

A traditional massage. From working on pain and tension, to focusing on soothing and relaxing, this session will be tailored to suit your needs.

A massage with a blend of acupressure, craniosacral techniques for soothing the nervous system, and attentive care with an intuition-led focus.

Relaxing half-hour sauna sessions are available, as well as sauna and massage combo sessions which start with warming you in the sauna and end with massaging out your softened muscles.

A massage tailored to the needs of a pregnant body. Laying on your side you will be bolstered with lots of fluffy pillows while your tension is massaged away.

A massage focused on the needs of minors. Whether we are working on a young athlete or a little one with anxiety, we care about crafting a session that looks right for your child.

A light touch therapy using sweeping motions that helps move lymphatic fluid more quickly through the body. Good for managing edema, bloating/swelling, or post-surgical recovery.

A gentle therapy for softening and normalizing tight, prickly, or otherwise troublesome scar tissue. Good for any scar 10 weeks old to decades old.

For those who need a combination of at least two of these three therapies: therapeutic massage, lymph drainage, scar tissue release.

A fully-clothed movement-based therapy aimed at addressing serious chronic pain and mobility issues.

Other pampering or seasonal options. Check here for something different and new!

Excellence

Excellence in massage starts with knowledgable people. Our massage therapists are fully licensed and always learning to improve their craft.

Whether you need extra pillows and bolsters, or you need us to skip your ticklish feet, we are happy to adapt to make you comfortable and cared for.

Each session is crafted to address your particular problems or goals. Whether ithe problem is sciatica or stress, tennis elbow or tension, we've got you covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will it hurt?

Massage should really only ever feel good with the occasional foray into the "good hurt" territory. Anything more than that is too much and you can simply tell your massage therapist that. Some light soreness after is normal, but if you feel serious soreness, then you can ask that the massage therapist use a lighter touch next time. Everyone is different and every session is different, so communication is key. Also, working out serious tension is far more likely to cause soreness than a session focused on soothing.​

If you specifically book a Rapid NFR session, however, please note that it is a different way of working the body and does involve some pain.

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Will I have to take my clothes off?

Not if you don't want to! You can take off or leave on as much as is comfortable for you. Just know that you will be covered in a sheet and blanket everywhere except where the massage therapist is actively working, so you should never feel exposed.​ The most common amount of undressing is to either take everything off or just leave underwear bottoms on. ​

Please note that Rapid NFR is done as a fully clothed therapy.

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Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept insurance at this time. If you would like to try submitting a receipt for reimbursement to your insurance provider, let us know and we can provide you with a more detailed receipt for submission.

If you have an HSA or FSA account, you can use those with us! Just make sure that massage therapy is an approved expense and that you meet all requirements your particular HSA/FSA has for reimbursement.

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Our Team

Shelby Mollitor, LMT

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Shelby is intentional about crafting a massage experience that not only impacts a person's body but also connects with their energy and emotions.

Her gentle style, influenced by acupressure, myofascial release, and kinesiology, seeks to create a non-painful path to relief and deep relaxation.

Crystal Hicks-Parker, LMT

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Crystal is experienced in working with injuries to speed healing and support the whole body's balance as you recover.

She is also passionate about working with athletes and the particular needs they have for deep tissue work, workout recovery, balanced muscle functioning and more.

Kari Bechtel-Unekis, LMT

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Kari enjoys addressing acute and chronic pain issues. Using slow, assessing strokes, she may use gentle stretching, movement, trigger point therapy, or even address swelling or scar tissue restrictions.

She is skilled in working with scar tissue and using lymph drainage for edema and post-surgical recovery.

Blog & Articles

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4 Scientifically-Backed Sauna Benefits

April 19, 20233 min read

Whether you're dealing with chronic health issues or just looking to relax and recharge, you will be amazed to learn what an infrared sauna session can do!

1. Improved cardiovascular health

Keeping your heart healthy and your vascular system free of cholesterol buildup is something that all of us need to pay attention to. The vascular system brings blood supply to everything in your body, which means keeping it functioning properly is crucial to staying healthy. Vascular problems can even impact brain function, as is the case in vascular dementia and strokes. There is also some medical literature that argues that Alzheimer's disease should also be categorized as a vascular disease rather than a neurodegenerative one.

What does this have to do with using a sauna? Well, two large studies of 2,315 Finnish men over the course of 20 years found that frequent sauna users had better cardiovascular health than non-users, even when adjusting for confounding factors like resting heart rate, LDL cholesterol levels, smoking status, etc. (Study 1, Study 2)

Stunningly, the studies found that sauna users had:- 66% reduction of dementia risk- 65% reduction of Alzheimer’s risk- 63% reduction of sudden cardiac-related death risk overall.

2. Decreased pain

Pain is an all too common experience and it can be hard to find ways to manage pain. But the following studies showed a decrease in pain for three groups of people with tricky-to-treat chronic pain: people with rheumatoid arthritis, people with fibromyalgia, and people with chronic pain syndrome. If the sauna can help these groups of people with difficult pain conditions, then it is worthwhile to see if it helps with your pain, too.

People with rheumatoid arthritis in this study felt a decrease in pain and stiffness over the 4 trial weeks of using a sauna regularly.

A study of people with fibromyalgia found a decrease in pain with a combined treatment of far-infrared sauna and underwater movement therapy.

Even people with Chronic Pain Syndromes found relief and improved mobility after regularly using a sauna (with impacts noted even 2 years out from the study).

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3. Improved depression and fatigue

Depression and fatigue are frustrating symptoms that so many of us deal with. Whether it is a seasonal dip in mood from gloomy weather, the product of stress during a difficult time, or the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, depression and fatigue can drain our enjoyment of life and make simple tasks require gargantuan effort to accomplish. However, some studies (like this one, and this one) found that regular use of a sauna did have a positive impact on depression and related symptoms like energy level and appetite. One of the studies, done on patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, concluded that over 77% of the participants in the sauna use group saw improvements in depression and related symptoms!

4. Improved breathing

The ability to breathe well and deeply is something that we are a little less likely to take for granted since the global Covid-19 pandemic. With a nice, dry heat, the sauna clears the lungs and helps people with breathing issues get better oxygen saturation when they breathe. This study on COPD patients who regularly visited a sauna during a 4-week study saw improvement in pulmonary pressure and oxygen saturation that the control group did not show. So, breathe deeply and enjoy the heat!

Love the sound of this? Click HERE to book a sauna session today and feel the benefits for yourself!

Want to amp up the benefits even more? A Sauna + Massage combo session lets you warm and soften your muscles so they can then be more deeply worked in the massage, smoothing out all the knots and tension. Click HERE to learn more and get our offer for a FREE SAUNA SESSION with your first massage with us!

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Address:

10500 Chicago Drive

Suite 45

Zeeland, MI 49426

We are located behind Vee's Grill

Open by appointment only

(616) 239-2328

kari@willowwellnesscollab.com


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