Tom Gurney has been Licensed Massage Therapist for over 5 years and practicing bodywork for over 15 years as a Physical Therapy Assistant. He received his early training in the US Army graduating with a degree in Physical Therapy Assisting. In 2003 Tom completed the Whatcom Community College Massage Therapy Program and shortly after took and passed the National Certification Test.
Tom soon started his own massage therapy business and chose the name Blue Heron Massage and has been successfully practicing in his current location since 2004. Tom continues to take continuing education classes to keep his techniques up to date and stay on top of the latest training in bodywork.
Types of Massage that Tom practices
Sports massage therapies are both preventative and therapeutic and used for athletes during warm ups, training and competition to treat and/or aid in the prevention of injuries; help improve flexibility, range of motion, and performance; and aid in mental clarity. Virtually ever professional sports team employs professional sports massage therapists, and is often privately employed by professional athletes.
Relaxation massage is the most commonly practiced form of massage in the West. Massage eases stress from the body by calming the nervous system, reducing muscular tension and stimulation the release of endorphins, a natural chemical in the body that induces deep relaxation. With stress under control, the body’s immune system functions better.
Injury Treatment Massage
Injury treatment massage provides specific treatment designed for individuals in their particular stage of injury recovery. This type of massage is often medically prescribed by MD’s, Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Physical Therapists. The goal of clinical massage is to restore the body to normal, healthy functioning.
Is your loved one in a retirement, skilled nursing or assisted living facility? Tom can travel to them and provide massage therapy. There are many benefits of massage therapy for seniors, especially those who are unable to move around or exercise. It helps improve flexibility, relieve pain and improve muscle strength. For more mobile seniors Tom’s massage therapy can help them rehabilitate faster. With his physical therapy background and personal fitness training Tom is able to work with seniors with all stages of their massage therapy needs. Tom usually requests a Doctors orders so you and he can be assured that massage therapy is appropriate for your loved one
Tom has a portable massage chair which is available for parties, workplaces or sports events. The chair is adjustable to accommodate all sizes and ages of people. Tom currently provides chair massage for a local retirement homes employees and also does the occasional party.
If you are an established client of Tom’s (have scheduled at least one massage at his office***) then Tom is available to do in home massage. This is especially beneficial if you are recovering from an injury, are pregnant or like to go to sleep after your massage.
***If you are a Senior in a skilled nursing facility then you do not have to be an established client.
2011 Blue Heron Massage Therapy Rates
Regular Session (1 to 1.5 hours) = $65
Senior Massage (1 to 1.5 hours) = $55
Chair Massage is a $1 a minute, 20 minute chair massage = $20
Massage (1 to 1.5 hours) = $80
Senior Massage (30 minutes) = $40
Senior Massage (1 hour) = $65
*Although the massage may last 1 hour please schedule yourself a 2 hour block of time as your time starts when you are actually on the massage table and you need to allow time for paperwork, discussion and changing .