Find Balance at the Warrior Flow Wellness Retreat


wellness retreat

Warrior Flow Wellness Retreat

Last year I had the great privilege of offering massage on a ladies wellness retreat hosted by Jennifer Oechsner of Warrior Flow.  I had never been on a retreat and really did not know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised!  Even though I spent part of the time giving massage to the guests I left feeling rested, renewed,  more balanced and overall healthier.  I attribute this to all of the well planned and perfected details of the weekend.  The beautiful surroundings and views of the Pacific Ocean, the warm cozy environment of the house, the absolutely amazing farm to table meals provided by Yamhill River Farm, the after hours chats and wine in the hot tub and especially the daily yoga and meditation lead by Jennifer.  Every moment of the retreat was filled with the right amount of quiet, activity, camaraderie and relaxation.  Sometime’s we just don’t know just how much we need to be the receiver and to be taken care of.  I have discovered the reason for retreats now and that is taking the time to give back to the one that is most important and integral to keeping things in your world moving along smoothly: yourself.  To truly find peace and regenerate from all of the tasks set before us in life we occasionally need a good “time-out” where EVERYTHING we need is provided for us and the Warrior Flow Wellness Retreat offers this rare oasis.

wellness retreat

Yamhill River Farms

Have you been on a retreat?  If so I would love to hear about your experience!

Ready to find out for yourself?  Sign up for the next Warrior Flow Wellness Retreat in Cannon Beach, OR happening October 16th-18th by emailing Jennifer at today!  *take 10%  off by mentioning this blog post

Looking forward to giving you a massage on the coast:)

Feel great with massage and acupuncture treatments

Find Freedom from pain and feel great with massage and acupuncture treatments

feel great with massage and acupuncture treatments

We are excited to announce a big change coming to Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture Studio beginning October 1st, 2015!  Our experienced team of therapists have been honing their skills to create a menu of customized massage and acupuncture treatments in order to serve the needs of our client’s more effectively.  Our goal as part of your health care team is to help you find optimal health with a balanced and pain free body as well as a stress free mind through massage, acupuncture and infrared sauna sessions designed for your specific needs at the time of your treatment.  We hope you will find a path to harmony in our new menu coming 10/1/2015!

Signature Therapy Menu

30 minute Focus! session:  $45    60 minute session:  $95  75 minute session:  $115   90 minute session:  $140

*inquire about additional time

Julie’s signature therapy

Julie will address your stress and tension with a combination of hot stones, deep tissue and gentle stretching to help you work through injuries or chronic pain. The goal of each session is to meet your individual needs at any given time. Julie will tailor the hour based on your report for the day/week/month or year to ensure that you leave feeling relaxed and more pain free! All of Julie’s sessions include a heated towel to ease tension held in the neck and head as well as focus work on the neck, head and face. *Julie recommends booking more time if you have more than one area of your body that needs extra attention or if you are just feeling like you need the extra time to relax. Julie offers 30 minute to 2 hour sessions *You must be added to Julie’s client list in order to schedule with her due to a high volume of appointment requests.  If you would like to be added to the list or recommend a friend to her please email:, text:  971 800 1171 or call: 503-473-8515 to do so.

Lise’s signature therapy

Lise combines the soothing, relaxing long strokes of Swedish massage with a focus on shiatsu meridians, compressions, and passive stretching, to create the perfect blend of “East meets West” body work traditions. Each session will be directed by your individual needs as Lise will pay special attention to optimizing the flow of “chi” and removing blockages to ultimately assist your body’s release of muscular tension. Also drawing from her background in Ayurveda, Lise will personalize the use of massage oil based on your intake information. Resulting in an experience which will you feeling more relaxed and whole. * Each session includes a hot towel and hot stones.  Lise offers 60 and 75 minute sessions only

Katie’s signature therapy

Katie’s session focuses on pain relief for the upper body. Tension in your neck, back, shoulders and arms will first be melted away with hot stones. She will then ease into deeper knots & areas of pain with deep tissue techniques. This session is wonderful for those suffering from repetitive stress injuries or chronic pain issues. *For individuals with specific low back issues, we recommend this longer session which also includes 30 minutes of hip work.

Richard’s signature therapy

Rich’s signature therapy combines acupuncture and massage into a single session.This service is ideal for someone who’s in pain or recovering from an injury.Our goal will be to disengage trigger-points, loosen the myo-fascial, reduce inflammation, break up adhesion’s/scar tissue, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and increase range of motion. We’ll also have time to discuss self-care, diet and supplemental regimens.

Bethany’s signature therapy

Bethany blends the healing benefits of aromatherapy, structural integration, stretching, and reflexology creating a massage session that eases tension in muscle tissue, while calming the mind and bringing the body back into balance. Her work tends to draw clients focused on work in their upper body, hips and feet.

*Bethany also offers her signature facial rejuvenation massage as an add on option to your session:  $40 for 30 minutes

 Terry’s signature therapy

Terry combines acupuncture with a form of traditional Chinese Massage called Tuina to create a personalized treatment for your individual needs.  Her goal is to help you work through physical and energetic blocks in order to find optimal health and balance.

*Terry also offers an active lifestyle session for those of you on the go:  30 minutes of Tuina combined with cupping or gua sha for $45

 Infrared Sauna Sessions

Enjoy an hour of healing and detoxification in our 1-2 person indoor far infrared sauna

$20 for 60 minutes   $15 to add 30 minutes to a massage or acupuncture session *Please email:,

text:  971 800 1171 or call: 503-473-8515 to

to schedule sauna appointments

  • Improves circulation

  • Deep penetrating heat

  • decreases pain in joints and muscles

  • purifies the skin and so much more!

  • We do not have a shower but we do provide a cool cleansing towel at the end of your visit

What does this mean for our current clients?

We understand that our signature therapies are a jump in price and that not everyone who has supported us over the past 5+years will be able to afford or be interested in this price jump.  We truly appreciate your business and want to continue as part of your health care team so we have options for you!  We will continue to offer our regular service menu in the form of memberships and packages but you will no longer be able to purchase them in gift certificate form or as a single service option unless you have a package or membership after October 1st, 2015.  We will however offer our regular treatments for you to purchase as gifts during the holidays (they are valid for one year so this could be a great way to stock up!).  To make this transition easier we are offering $20 off packages or $20 off the first month of your membership and you will be added to our weekly happy hour discounted offerings if you sign up by October 1st, 2015.  Click here to go to our online store and use promo code:  iamimportant to get the deal.  If you are buying them as gifts and need the expiration date extended please send us an email and we will take care of the transaction for you.

Massage, Acupuncture and Infrared Sauna memberships and packages

Find freedom from pain with regular massage and acupuncture! With our membership you get one massage per month and weekly discounted offerings.


Find your peace massage: $60 monthly

Deep tissue: $80 monthly

Hot stone: $70 monthly

Customized Massage or Acupuncture Sessions: $85 monthly


Buy a few at one time and save! Packages expire one year after the purchase date and can be shared with friends and family.

60 minute Peace 4 pack: $228

60 minute Deep 4 pack: $308

60 minute Hot Stone 4 pack: $268

60 minute Customized Massage or Acupuncture 4 pack: $328

Infrared sauna packages:  5 pack-$75  or 10 pack-$150

Insurance coverage for Massage and Acupuncture

Written on the Body can bill most insurance companies directly including auto accident or workers compensation coverage.  Please email:, text:  971 800 1171 or call: 503-473-8515 to see if we can accept your particular insurance plan prior to booking an appointment.

As always please feel free email me with questions, concerns, feedback or comments at!  Thanks so much for your continued support and have a great day!

Acupuncture Fun Facts

Curious about Acupuncture?  Here are a few fun facts for you to explore:


  1. Acupuncturists feel your pulse and look at your tongue to gain information about your state of health and plan a course of treatment.

  2. Originally acupuncture needles were not made of stainless steel but of stone, bamboo, and bone.

  3. Studies have shown that acupuncture points have significantly more electrical conductivity than areas of skin without acupuncture points.

  4. Acupuncture can increase the success rate of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) up to 65%.

  5. Acupuncture gained attention in the U.S. after President Nixonʼs visit to China in 1972 when an accompanying reporter experienced significant post-operative pain relief after undergoing an emergency appendectomy and wrote about the benefits of acupuncture upon his return to the U.S.

  6. Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest practicing forms of medicine known to date.

  7. Licensed acupuncturists attend an in-depth four year program and obtain over 1,000+ clinical internship hours.

  8. Acupuncture is just one part of a broad system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that also includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (massage), Tai Chi/Qi Gong (movement) and Chinese Dietary Therapy (

  9. Acupuncture can help so many things! Pain, digestive issues, smoking cessation, depression and many other issues.  Wondering if it can help you?  Book an appointment with Terry or Richard at Written on the Body to find out today:)



Jaw pain causes and treatments

Jaw pain is no fun

jaw pain

You have just finished a long day at work and on your ride home you begin to notice that even though you are attempting to relax you are instead clenching your teeth, tensing your neck and hunching your shoulders to your ears.  In fact, you suddenly realize that you have been holding tension in your entire jaw for several days and not only is your face and head feeling a dull pain but your shoulders and neck are also sore and tight.  Jaw tension is common and it has all sorts of underlying causes but typically it is, at least in part, related to stress and anxiety.  The other issue is usually a set of bad postural habits you have been unknowingly implementing into your daily routine due to long hours of sitting and/or dealing with stressful situations.  It can sometimes feel like a lot of work and a long road to recovery once jaw pain begins but if you are willing to work through the underlying issues you can find relief!

Here are some tips, tricks and education on how you can find freedom from that nagging and uncomfortable jaw tension:

Address the root cause

This might be the hard part!  Who or what could be the culprit behind the ongoing tension in your jaw?  Try to pay attention throughout your day to see where you are tensing up.  Is it driving, sitting at the computer for too long, a certain deadline, a certain co-worker or family member?  Stress and anxiety can have serious side effects on your health and it is important to assess your daily life for where these issues might be coming from.  In the end it is up to each of us to confront stressful situations or people in our lives in order to create change.  Or to change our perspective so that what we do doesn’t cause us so much anxiety.  This is, however, always easier said than done.  Some things that have worked for me are having a mantra such as: I let go of the things that are not serving me and using visualization techniques where I imagine the stress cause as a colorful line of energy that is connected to me and I visualize cutting that line of energy with a sword away from myself.  If you are really struggling with changing a certain pattern then it is wise to seek help from a counselor who can give you more skills and support with breaking these harmful routines.

Give yourself a hand

Exercise-finding a balance of strength and flexibility in your muscles is always important but it is especially so when you are dealing with the delicate layers of muscles in the shoulders, neck and jaw.  Check out this great article for some great exercise ideas for your jaw but don’t forget that everything is connected in your body and it is important to try to attain a fully balanced body for true health.

Self Massage-The jaw is a relatively easy place for most people to perform self massage techniques.  Check out this lovely video for a great way to help loosen up your jaw through self massage.  Remember consistency is key with self massage, you should try to work it into your daily routine.

Get some help

Massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care are just a few types of therapies that can help you find freedom from chronic jaw pain and help you feel better in general.  You will want to discuss an appropriate treatment plan with your therapist(s) to make sure you get on the path to success as quickly as possible.  Here is a little article on how massage can influence the release of a tense jaw.

Thanks so much for reading.  I truly hope you are able to find relief from jaw tension, I know first hand that it is a difficult journey.  Here at Written on the Body our skilled therapists are happy to help you with these issues, if you have questions please email us at or leave them in the comments.  Ready to book?  Book online here now!




Use your insurance for Massage

Would you like to know how to use your insurance to cover your massage appointments? Here is a handy little guide on how to find out if your insurance covers massage, what your co-pay will be an other helpful hints on using insurance for massage!

insurance for massage

Using Health Insurance for massage

  1. Find out if you are covered

    • Call the customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card

    • Ask the representative to verify if you are covered for massage by a licensed massage therapist

    • If you are covered ask how many massages you get per year or how much your spending limit is per year and if you share it across all complimentary care such as Chiropractors and Physical Therapists

    • Ask if you need a doctors prescription

    • Ask if you have a deductible and if so has it been met

    • Ask what your co-pay is per visit

    • Get the name of the representative you have spoken to as well as a confirmation number for the call just in case issues arise later.

  2. Find a Licensed Massage Therapist who accepts your insurance and let them know you will be using insurance right away so that they can get the necessary information from you to verify your benefits as well.

  • Usually your insurance company will have a provider listing you can search or you can just contact your favorites and ask them if they accept your insurance.  Julie Campbell at Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture accepts most major health insurance except Kaiser.

  • If you are using insurance at Written on the Body you will need to fill out our insurance verification form and sign our HIPAA release prior to your visit.  Please email us at to get this information.

  • Book your appointment and enjoy the wonderful world of getting your massage covered by your health insurance company!

Health Savings Account Cards

Most massage therapists who accept credit cards can also take Health Savings Account cards.  You can always call your company to make sure you are allowed to use your card for Massage before booking.  A safe bet is to also be ready to pay an alternative way the first time you attempt to use your card with your massage therapist.

Auto Insurance and Workers Compensation coverage

  1. Get a prescription

    • If you have been in accident you will want to see a doctor and you can ask them directly for a prescription for Massage Therapy.  Not all insurance companies require this but it is still a good idea to have it just in case.

  2. Fill out the paperwork with your insurance company

    • This is extremely important because your insurance company will not pay your providers without your claim being fully active.

    • You will want to get your adjuster’s name and contact information as well as a claim number to give to your Massage therapist for billing purposes

    • Know your rights!  Make sure you ask as many questions as possible about what type and how much care you are allowed.  Check out this post about Massage and auto insurance to learn more about your rights after a car accident in Oregon.

Thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions in the comments or call/text us at 503-473-8515

Share and Win a free massage!

share and win a free massage
Have you enjoyed your experience with us?
If so we would love for you to share the good news with the world!
Here are a few ways you can share and win during the month of July:
Review us online and win massage and coupons
Review us online and you will be entered to win a free 30 minute Focus! massage and a Chinook Book mobile coupon book.  We will draw and notify the lucky winner on August 1st.  We will keep an eye on the reviews to make sure you get entered but if your profile doesn’t clearly show who you are you may need to drop us a line to let us know you shared.
Here are the links to review us:
Google + is always good:
If you are an active Yelp-er here is our Yelp link:


Follow us on Facebook and share our page
Like our page on Facebook by clicking here and choosing “like” then share our page with your friends and you will get entered to win a free active lifestyle session featuring Tuina massage, cupping and Gua Sha.  We can track it on Facebook but just to be safe you might drop us a quick line to let us know you shared so we get you entered into the drawing.
Refer a friend and win a free massage, an acupuncture session or gift certificate to Portland Fit Body Bootcamp.  
Refer a friend and as always you get a free 30 minute massage but this month you will also get entered to win your choice of free 60 minute deep tissue massage, a 60 minute Acupuncture session or a gift certificate to get in shape with Portland Fit Body Bootcamp! Please tell those that you refer to make a note or let us know when booking that you referred them so that we can get your name entered into the raffle.  You are also welcome to text or email us yourself to let us know.

Get the most from your massage

Get the most from your massage

A practical guide to helping yourself get a great massage

Swedishget the most from your massage massage at Written on the Body

Choose the right type and length of massage session

First things first you want to know if you are choosing the right type of massage along with the correct amount of time for the issues you are experiencing.  Check out our blog post: “how often should I get a massage” to help determine what will best meet your needs.  You can also contact your massage therapist to chat about your issues and decide on a treatment plan prior to booking.  If your massage therapist is located at Written on the Body please feel free to email us at or give us a call at 503-473-8515

Be timely

Show up a few minutes early to your appointment so that you have time to fill out paperwork, chat with your therapist about the day’s issues and get on the table.  This will allow your massage session to begin on time and give you the full time allotted for your appointment.

Have realistic expectations

Massage is not a one time fix typically, especially if you have an issue that has been going on for some time.   You will usually feel relief after one session but most times it takes regular work to resolve pain, scar tissue, tension and other issues.  Talk with your therapist about a treatment plan that is right for you.

Speak up

A good therapist wants to tailor the session to your needs but we aren’t mind readers and we need to your feedback to make sure we are helping make the most of your session.  First and foremost communicate your expectations during the initial conversation with your therapist.  During the session, if you are too hot or cold, the music or lighting is not to your liking, the pressure is too much or little, if your therapist is talking too much or not checking in enough, etc… you need to let us know.  We can adjust for you most of the time, even if it is just something you think could be better we want to hear about it.  As the old saying goes “closed mouths don’t get fed”, too shy to say something?  Write an email after the session, believe me, talking to your therapist directly will be much more effective than leaving a negative review in cyberspace or telling all your friends.  (with that said if the therapist doesn’t respond appropriately or try to adjust to meet your needs then you should definitely share the news publicly).

Find the right team of therapists for you

It never fails that if I am in a group of people telling stories about their massage experience that one person will say “I don’t really care for massage” and when I ask why they reply that the one massage they had didn’t meet their expectations (even though they didn’t speak up).  Please keep in mind that different therapist are trained in different styles of massage and they have their own flow that they combine with those skills.  This means that not every massage therapist will be the right fit for every person and you may even find that a therapist might be the right fit for you at one time and then not at another.  I always recommend finding a trusted team of therapists including a Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Medical Doctor or any other combination that you find works for you.  This is so you can arrange for care when pain, injuries, accidents or other issues arise.


The hard work is over and now it’s time to let it all go, breathe deep and become a limp noodle!


To get the most from your massage it  is really all about you, knowing what your options are and what you really want out of your session along with finding the right therapist(s) for you.  Have questions about different types of massage or what might work best for your particular situation?  Feel free to send me an email at, I am always happy to make recommendations!

Thanks so much for reading and have a fabulous week:)



Drink water to look and feel good!


Such an important part of your health care plan and here are a few reasons why drinking water should be on top of your priority list:

  • For the sake of your skin-Your skin is 65% water and being hydrated can help your skin appear less dull and dry.  Celebrities swear by water to attain their red carpet glow!

  • Digestion-Water helps your bodies natural waste removing cycle by breaking down fats and certain fibers and helping remove waste products

  • Muscle health-Drinking enough water can help prevent fatigue after workouts and keeps tendons surrounding your joints pliable

  • Your brain-Dehydration causes all sorts of yucky health issues including headaches and cloudy thinking.  Drink plenty of water to keep your whole system working properly


Of course this is just the tip of the ice burg:)  Water has very real effects on your body’s functions and if you are feeling kinda blah you should really look into your water intake first.  If you find that you are drinking less than 8 glasses a day try a few of these tips to increase your water intake:

  • Drink a full glass of water when you wake up and then move on to your morning beverages

  • Carry a water bottle with you everywhere!  I started this habit when I gave up pop and it has made an amazing difference in my water intake.  Now I feel naked without my water bottle;)

  • Add a little something such as lemon, lime, orange or even an Emergen-C packet to help motivate yourself.  Just be careful of the sugar in any additives, you don’t want to become counter-productive to your goal

Do you have tips, tricks or personal stories about the role of water in your life?  Please share!  Thanks so much for reading and have a great day:)

Fathers day is June 21st: 15% off gift certificates for Dad!

Who doesn’t love a good massage or acupuncture session?  Certainly not your Dad!  Give the gift of healing and relaxation with our 15% off gift certificate sale running now until June 21st.  Click HERE to buy and use promo code “dadsrule” to get 15% off your special fathers day gift today!

Here is a lovely poem on the specialness of father’s, feel free to use it in the card you include with your Daddio’s gift certificate’s;)

fathers day

My Dad

When I was just a tiny kid,

Do you remember when,

The time you kissed my bruises,

Or cleaned by soiled chin?

You scrambled for the balls I hit,

(Short-winded more than not,)

Yet, every time we’d play a game,

You praised the “outs” I caught.

It seems like only yesterday,

You wiped away my tears,

And late at night I called your name,

To chase away my fears.

Though time has changed your handsome grip,

Your hair is snowy white,

You gait’s a little slower now,

Thick glasses help your sight.

Oh, do I thirst for years gone by,

To be that growing lad,

Re-living all of the memories,

Of growing with my dad.

Author Unknown

Got knee pain? Your manual transmission might be the cause

Is driving a stick shift causing you to have knee pain?

I am new to the world of manual driving, a late bloomer you might say.  After my partner’s truck was declared totaled we needed something affordable, able to hold a lot of people and easy on the wallet when it comes to gas.  That’s how we ended up with an old grocery getting manual transmission Toyota Camry, which meant I had no choice but to jump on the stick shift bandwagon.  I am ashamed to admit that this was my third attempt at learning to drive a stick, I had never quite gotten the hang of it.  Third time truly is a charm and I am now finally mastering shifting gears without killing the car.

I have had some unexpected side effects pop up since I began driving a manual transmission vehicle:  Knee pain….and since I have become aware of it I remember to check in with my massage clients about the type of car they are driving when they complain of knee pain in their sessions.  I have noticed a common thread over the past few months, that many of us in the stick shift club are suffering with the same left knee aches and pains.

Here are a couple of the reasons why:

  • Weakened over-stretched glut muscles and tight quads:  Sitting for long periods in general causes the back of your body to soften while the muscles in the front of your body become tighter and shorter creating a muscle imbalance which can lead to the structure of your body to be pulled out of alignment.  This can lead to all sorts of other issues including low back, hip and knee pain.

  • Muscular imbalance in the legs:  When you drive a manual transmission your left leg and right arm end up doing a lot of work while the left arm and right leg tend to be more stationary with small repetitive movements.  The left leg is often in an active position with the foot hyper flexed or extended to operate the clutch which creates tension all the way up through the hip.  This can cause major imbalances in the muscles that attach to the knee such as a tight tibialis anterior as well as the outer edge of the gastrocnemius.  We have a lot of muscles attaching at the knee and if they get tight it can pull everything out of alignment causing you to feel pain.  For me it presents itself on both the inner and outer edges, the back of my left knee as well as the outer edge of my left foot.

knee pain

What can you do?

  • Good posture:  Having good posture is always a great start to fixing pain in your body.  Here is a cute and informative video on what good posture actually looks like:

  • Pay attention:  Are you allowing your left knee to splay out to the side or holding it really tightly in toward your right leg?  Try to relax and find a balance where your knee is straight and relaxed.

  • Are you using muscles unnecessarily?  I tend to hold my foot flexed rather than relaxing it to keep it off the clutch when I am driving around town.  This causes undue stress on the muscles in my leg and increases the pain in my knee.

  • Take care of yourself!  Rest, exercise, drink plenty of water, stretch! and get bodywork:)

The moral of the story is, if you pay attention to your driving patterns you will start to find the movements that are causing your pain and then it will be easier to correct them.  Knee pain can have all sorts of underlying causes and driving a manual transmission may just be a small part of the problem.  If you find that making small changes in your driving posture helps, awesome and if not it may be time to consult a health care professional to make sure there aren’t more serious issues.

Have you noticed any other issues from driving a manual transmission?  I would love to hear about your experience!  Please feel free to share in the comments or email us at  Thanks so much for reading and have a great week!

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