Indie Ogden Review: Aspen’s Healing Arts

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Photo by Apen’s Healing Arts

During the holiday seasons the stress creeps in – deadlines, events, the awards, presents, parties, volunteering, did I forget to turn off the Christmas tree? I find myself hunched over from all the stress and in desperate need of some relief. Just when I was about to go searching for a massage therapist to help me out, a friend came into my office and told me about the most amazing massage she ever received. I booked an appointment immediately.

Aspen’s Healing Arts is located inside blooming lotus and is a comfortable little studio filled with essential oils,  a warm stove and a comfortable bed on the floor. Unlike most massage, Kelsey of Aspen’s Healing Arts specialized in Thai massage that required that you lay on the ground comfortably so that Kelsey can help you stretch and for her to be able to apply maximum pressure.

Kelsey's Studio

Kelsey’s Studio

When I walked in Kelsey made sure I was comfortable, with Thai massage you wear yoga clothes and don’t have to remove anything for the massage.  I laid down on the bed, and she places a hot towel on my feet for a relaxing foot massage. My muscles were incredibly tense, so Kelsey helped me stretch while applying pressure to pressure points and massaging acupressure points to help with different ailments.  At the end of the massage, Kelsey used hot stones to relax my muscles for an essential oil massage. It was then that I started to doze, and Kelsey allowed me to snooze for a moment in the room until I was ready to get up.

If you have sore muscles, are stressed, have an issue with certain organs or ailments, I highly suggest trying Thai massage with Aspen’s Healing Arts. This holiday season you can get a 90-minute session for only $45! Aspen’s also has therapeutic and relaxing massages available for those that just need a relaxing session.

Learn more about Kelsey with this short Q&A and book your session at http://aspenshealingarts.com/

Are you originally from Ogden?
Born and raised in Ogden, I have traveled and lived other places but I will always keep coming back to Ogden, it’s my home, and I love it here and the people here.

What inspired you to go from sports massage to Thai massage?
I fell in love with Thai since my first session I had in SLC. I feel Thai is an excellent tool for preventative care, it incorporates massage with deep pressure, acupressure, energy work, and stretching of yoga-like positions.

What is Thai massage exactly and what can clients expect to experience?
Thai Yoga Massage is a therapeutic and nurturing form of bodywork. It fluidly incorporates deep muscle pressure, assisted yoga-like stretches, acupressure, joint mobilization, hot herbal compresses and energy work. Benefits of Thai massage help promote a healthy immune system function, deep sleep, reduce stress levels, enhance flexibility and range of motion, reduces muscle stress and strain, and improves the circulatory system.

When coming to get a Thai massage I recommend for first-time clients coming 10 minutes early. Wear yoga clothes and be ready to drink a lot of water after to help flush out toxins. Thai massage is on a mat and lasts 90 minutes.

What other types of massage do you offer?
I offer my customized therapeutic massage. To fit each clients needs and wants in a integrated healing session I use mixed modalities to help facilitate your bodies healing. Modalities include Reflexology, Segmental Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports, Russian, Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone Massage.

How if your studio different than others?
I feel everyone has specialties they are great at that create our fantastic community. I am dedicated to continuing my learning in Eastern healing/ Natural healing, and preventative care through Thai massage.

What has been your favorite experience as a massage therapist so far?
When someone leaves the session feeling balanced emotionally, spiritually, and physically. When someone says thank you, I can sleep at night.

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.