Willow Wellness

Collaborative

Caring, knowledgeable, and customized massage therapy.

616-239-2328

10500 Chicago Dr. Zeeland, MI

By appointment only

Book a Valentine's Day Special!

A relaxation-focused massage using rose-scented lotion,

sugar scrub for your back, and hot towels for your back and face.

A truly pampering experience.

Available for one-person sessions or couple's sessions all of February!

Book online for one-person appointments, and call to book a couple's special.

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.

Jen Perry,

LMT

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Jen enjoys practicing massage focused on treating medical issues and supporting overall wellness.

Her medically-focused sessions include assessments of structure and range of motion. They often include joint movement as well as stretching. She loves to focus on trying to locate the root cause of discomfort.

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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How Touch Soothes the Nervous System

May 30, 20232 min read

Touch is the first sense we develop, and thus it is a powerful tool for impacting the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for regulating our body's response to stress, flipping between “fight or flight” and “rest and digest” as needed. Touch has a calming effect on the nervous system, pushing us toward that “rest and digest” state, giving our bodies a break from the hormones associated with stress and anxiety and replacing them with hormones associated with making us feel safe and happy.

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One of those positive hormones released when a person experiences positive, safe touch is oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that is associated with feelings of bonding and connection. It is often referred to as the "cuddle hormone" because it is released during physical touch like hugging, cuddling, and massage. Oxytocin has been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (the "fight or flight" response) and promoting the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (the "rest and digest" response). And it’s not just oxytocin that is helping us feel so relaxed and happy. Touch also triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers that are released in response to positive touch. Touch can also stimulate the release of other neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are associated with feelings of happiness and pleasure.

This activation of the parasympathetic nervous system isn’t just relaxing, but it is also crucial to a body’s health. It doesn’t just give you positive feelings but also combats some of the negative effects of the sympathetic nervous system activation (the “fight or flight” response). While the sympathetic nervous system will save your life in the short term (it’ll help you escape a tiger), the body isn’t built to be in that state long-term. The long-term effects of high levels of stress hormones like cortisol are well documented. It not only contributes to mental health issues like anxiety and depression, but also physical health issues like ulcers, digestive issues, high blood pressure, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and much more.

Between the benefits of activating the parasympathetic nervous system and mitigating the negative effects of long-term sympathetic nervous system activation, massage therapy is a powerful tool to support our overall health. The soothing and relaxation is actually crucial for a frazzled nervous system to return to a state that actually improves your overall health and happiness.

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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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