My name is Ruth Hesse, and I have been practicing massage since 2007. I moved to Bellingham from Seattle in July and am transitioning my practice to my new Bellingham office, which is operating under the name 2TRACKS Therapeutic Massage. I am no longer accepting new clients in Seattle, but if you are in Bellingham, please contact me. I am still in the process of setting up my space, so I do not have availability at this time. My current website is ashiatsu-nw.com. Most likely I will start seeing clients here in the middle of October 2015. Previously, I worked at CORE Chiropractic, Paul Perrotta and Associates Massage, Monroe Therapeutic Massage (Ballard), Waking Life Massage, and Massage Envy (Northgate).
The most common thing I see in my practice is tight upper back, neck and shoulders, as well as low back pain. Most of these problems are caused by too many hours in front of the computer or driving. I focus on anterior work to relax over-flexed muscles, giving over-stretched muscles a chance to resume a neutral state. Anterior work reduces neck, back, and shoulder pain, improves posture, and makes breathing easier. My massage is a combination of deep tissue and Swedish with elements of orthopedic massage thrown in for good measure.
I like working with people who are comfortable giving feedback, and who participate in their own wellness. Clients who feel comfortable giving me feedback and who are engaged in their massages learn that communication opens up door to more than the textbook techniques that you can get anywhere. Together we can learn what works best for you.
My favorite modalities/techniques are deep tissue and massage cupping. I love doing deep tissue for its specificity, and cupping to release tight fascia. I am also skilled in Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy.
When I am not doing massage, I enjoy monotype printmaking at my studio (conveniently located at the other end of the hall from my massage office), as well as Scrabble and hanging out with my cat, Neko Shino Homeslice Murgatroid Hesse.
Thank you for considering me in your search for a competent, caring, effective and creative therapist.
Ruth Hesse, LMP
Brian Utting School of Massage, 2007