Massages, like heart surgery, require a bond of trust between patient and professional and are best performed by candlelight. Ease your way into frontier medicine with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a one-hour therapeutic massage at East-West Therapeutic Massage in Wyomissing (a $55 value).
The strong, experienced hands of East-West tailor individual sessions to complement the past experiences and personal preferences of each patient adorning its tables. The 60-minute therapeutic massages begin a powwow to discuss the goals for the session, allowing the therapist to adjust the focus of the massage and address specific problem areas while skimming over regions already relaxed by the massage rooms' wooden paneling and Asian-influenced art. The next hour is then spent attempting to alleviate chronic pain and tender tendons or to banish stress and trigger a state of deep relaxation.
East-West Therapeutic Massage
The therapists at East-West Therapeutic Massage give massages in the same way that they teach their students: by combining creativity with science. Each therapist wields the classroom know-how to deliver a muscle-melting shiatsu, sports, or lomilomi massage. But to them, it’s more important to remain flexible in their methods, responding to the needs of the client rather than rigidly adhering to textbook diagrams. To this end, one of the primary tenants of East-West is listening to the client. Though guests can choose from a menu of massage modalities, such as Hawaiian and craniosacral massage, they can also start sessions with a description of their discomfort or desires, such as reducing stress or eliminating their fear of tripwire. From these descriptions, the therapist crafts a tailored set of motions and strokes, paying close attention to the body as the massage guides clients toward relief.