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

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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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10 Conditions that Massage Helps

May 14, 20234 min read

Massage therapy is a holistic approach to health and wellness that has been used for thousands of years to alleviate physical discomfort and promote relaxation. In recent years, it has gained increasing recognition as a complementary therapy that can help heal or manage a wide range of medical conditions.

Here are 10 conditions that can be helped with massage therapy👊

  1. Arthritis

    Massage alleviates the tension around the joints which typically aggravates arthritis leading to pain and swelling. Softer muscles around the joints mean a reduction in swelling and less pressure on the joint day to day. Though this doesn't cure arthritis, massage can help manage it.

  2. Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Often inflammation of the tendons that run through the carpal tunnel in the wrist will swell up and crowd out the nerve that runs through that narrow space. Working the muscles of the arm to alleviate tension can ease the swelling and free up the nerve again.

  3. Fibromyalgia

    Though still not very well understood, studies done on fibromyalgia seem to indicate that massage therapy helps to soothe the nervous system and, when adjusted to suit an individual's pressure needs, it can help manage the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.

  4. Frozen shoulder

    Massage is a great pairing with physical therapy for this issue. Muscles locked up around the shoulder can be softened over time and gently worked to create more movement and flexibility with each session.

  5. Headaches

    Many headaches either come from tension in the muscles of the head and neck or cause tension in that area as a result of the pain, which in turn makes the headache worse. Softening up the muscles in the head and neck can help free up bloodflow in the area so that inflammation can be cleared away and the headache can be eased or future headaches prevented.

  6. Joint pain

    Much joint pain is made worse by tense, aggravated muscles around the joint. Even joint issues stemming from something massage can't solve (like a bone-on-bone joint, or a meniscus tear) can be helped by minimizing the additional pressure the muscles will inevitably bring to the joint as they are aggravated by pain. Smoothed out, all that remains is a fraction of the original pain.

  7. Nerve impingements

    Tension from tight muscles can sometimes press down on nerves, causing irritation and inflammation in those nerves. That in turn causes tingling, numbness, and pain along that nerve path that can be incredibly uncomfortable. Releasing the tension in the muscles around the nerve can give it room to breathe again and allow the inflammation to calm down so the nerve can return to a normal state.

  8. Sciatica

    The sciatic nerve runs right along the bones of the hip/pelvis complex and crossing closely over it is a muscle called the piriformis. A common cause of sciatica is when the piriformis becomes too tight, it chokes off the sciatic nerve and causes terrible symptoms like numbness, tingling, and intense pain down the leg. Getting deep into the hip and releasing the tension in the piriformis releases the pressure on the sciatic nerve, and allows it to recover and function normally.

  9. Stress-related disorders

    Massage activates the parasympathetic side of the nervous system, which is the opposite side of the fight-or-flight response. This helps boost digestion, lower blood pressure, and minimize the production of stress hormones which have such harmful long-term effects.

  10. Scoliosis

Though massage can't cure scoliosis, it can certainly help manage the symptoms associated with it. The curvature of a scoliosis spine will cause some muscles to be overextended and others to be overly shortened and tight. Working the muscle tissue gives it a break and brings the muscles out of constant tension and spasm, giving them space for normal bloodflow to resume and inflammation to decrease. This tool for managing the tension associated with scoliosis can make an incredible impact on everyday pain, mobility, and discomfort.

It is important to note that massage therapy should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, but rather as a complementary therapy that can work in conjunction with conventional medicine. If you are considering massage therapy for a medical condition, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider first to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you.


That said, massage therapy can be a valuable tool in managing a wide range of medical conditions like those listed above and many more. Whether you are experiencing chronic pain, stress-related problems, or simply looking to promote relaxation and wellness, massage therapy may just help you much more than you think - give it a try and find out 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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10500 Chicago Drive

Suite 45

Zeeland, MI 49426

We are located behind Vee's Grill

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(616) 239-2328

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