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Why You Should Choose Bloom


My Approach

Get the massage you want while getting the therapy you need. Effective stress and pain management comes from utilizing a combination of advanced massage techniques based on your health and goals. For this reason, I don’t stick to basic Swedish and Deep Tissue only. While those are great options, I dedicate time to learning advanced techniques and staying up to date on new research to help you achieve your desired results and to provide a safe and enjoyable experience. Come in and relax on my gently heated massage table and let me work to restore your body to a better state of health. Learn more about my service options here.

Now, let’s talk Deep Tissue. I don’t believe in the “no pain, no gain” theory. Deep pressure is not the same as deep tissue. It does not have to hurt. True deep tissue is simply taking the necessary time to work through the superficial layers to get to the deeper ones. When I’m massaging, I’m feeling for a certain level of resistance in your tissues. I won’t move beyond that resistance until both you and your tissues indicate it’s time. When your body tenses up due to applying too much pressure too soon, it has the opposite effect on your body and the results we are trying to achieve. I will take time to work through each layer of tissue which allows for a reduction in your body’s natural protective reflexes that can inhibit your results. Open communication is key. Some techniques are more intense than others, but I will always work within your comfort level.

Regular Bodywork is Encouraged

While some of my clients enjoy the more relaxing elements to my treatments, most come for chronic pain management and the overall wellness effects of regular bodywork. You do regular maintenance on your car and home to keep them in tip-top shape. Why not treat your body the same? I seek to only work with those that are dedicated to their health and well-being. The beauty of bodywork is that it’s benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you receive massage on a regular basis, the more it does. Regardless if it’s being used to reduce stress, or manage pain, it can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.

Treatment Plans

I generally recommend starting with a 60 minute session. This allows me more time to get to know you and your body while not overloading your system with techniques it may not be used to. Your pain is either an accumulation of stress or injury that has happened over time, related to a medical condition, or related to a sudden event. Will you feel some relief after your first session? Sure, but true long term relief takes time and consistency.

After your first session, we can better evaluate what worked and where to move forward. Your treatment plan will change as you progress. Frequency and/or duration will need to be adjusted based on how your body responds to therapy.

I See You

Leave your insecurities behind. One of the reasons I chose to move my studio to the Houndslake Wellness Associates Center is because it is full of friendly faces and lots of laughter. This is a space for healing and I pride myself on providing a safe and judgement free zone. I see you for who you are on the inside, and I want to help provide you with lasting stress and pain relief. We are all human and are perfectly imperfect.


Therapist Bio


Bio Web Pic 2018Grace Millwood

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist – SC 9323

Certified MediCupping Practitioner


I initially started learning about massage after observing a LMT that was providing comfort care for cancer patients and their care givers at an oncology center. As I continued my research, I began learning about other conditions massage could benefit. As a migraine sufferer from an early age along with chronic tension headaches as an adult, I began seeking out alternative therapies. That’s when I decided to try massage therapy and began my journey into what is now a highly satisfying career.

Upon graduation from the Clinical Massage Therapy program at Midlands Technical College, I began a private practice in West Columbia while working part time in Aiken at a spa. I fell in love with the Aiken area and it’s people, so ultimately I said farewell to my private practice in West Columbia and transitioned into private practice in Aiken.

I am certified by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and I am licensed by the State of South Carolina. I continue my training by learning advanced techniques from some of the top educators in the country so I may continue providing the best integrated, custom tailored massage and bodywork services to my clients.


Fun Facts About Me:

  • Favorite Food: That’s a tie between pizza and fruit.
  • Favorite Animal: I love all things critter, but I do have a soft spot for cats.
  • Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday.
  • Favorite Music: Depends on my mood.
  • Favorite Vehicle Type: Truck.
  • Country, Suburbs, or City: Country, born, raised, and will always stay.
  • Jeans or Slacks: Jeans. Unless I’m at home, then it’s fluffy pajama pants and one of my hubby’s sweatshirts.
  • Person I Look up to the Most: My Grandmother. Gone from this Earth, but never forgotten.
  • Nickname: My mom called me Grunt as a teen because most of my answers back then were sounds, not words.

It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.


To provide the best massage possible, advanced training is needed. Continuing education is an ongoing process. Here’s some of my background:

  • MediCupping VacuTherapy
  • Therapeutic Massage Cupping
  • Clinical Rehabilitative Massage (certification ongoing)
  • Orthopedic Massage & Assessment (certification ongoing)
  • Integrated Manual Therapy & Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Pain Conditions – Lower Body
  • Deconstruct Your Headache Pain
  • Myofascial Techniques: Working with Migraines
  • Myofascial Techniques: Working with Whiplash
  • Myofascial Techniques for Neck & Low Back Pain
  • Precision Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Demystifying Complex Neck Conditions
  • The 42 Pound Head: Fixing Funky Necks
  • Russian Sports Massage
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)


Conferences
:

  • World Massage Conference 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Common Conditions Pain Summit 2018
  • Healing Trauma Summit 2018
  • Global Wellness Professionals Marketing Summit 2018
  • Head & Neck Pain Summit 2016
  • Back Pain Summit 2015


Associations & Memberships
:

  • ABMP – Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals – Certified Member – 2015 to Present
  • Badass Bodyworkers – Lifetime VIP Member – 2017 to Present
  • Day Spa Association – 2017 to Present
  • AMTA – American Massage Therapy Association – 2014 to 2015


Donation, Volunteer, Sponsorship & Other Event Work
:

  • Holistic Wellness Fair 2018
  • A Play Day for Izzy 2017
  • LMC Blood Drive 2015
  • LMC Colon Cancer Challenge Bike Ride 2015
  • LMC Heart & Sole Five Miler 2015
  • Gilbert Community Color Fun Run 2014
  • MTC Administrative Professionals Conference 2014

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