Roy-Based Healing Touch and Aromatherapy Aims to Help Clients With Pain, Relaxation

By Brandon Hanson / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 8/11/22

Shanda Whitney is here to help people feel better.

The Roy-based massage therapist was trained in Fife in 2007. After a year, Whitney was certified and ready to take on customers.

She spent a …

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Shanda Whitney is here to help people feel better.

The Roy-based massage therapist was trained in Fife in 2007. After a year, Whitney was certified and ready to take on customers.

She spent a decade and a half working for other studios and by March of this year, she took the leap and started her own business full time.

“Lots of different things lead me to wanting to start my own business,” Whitney said. “After working for somebody else for 15 years, I felt like it was my time in 2019, and I made it my mission to move to self employment.”

Whitney was able to make the move after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down a lot of massage places due to social distancing recommendations and the stay-at-home order.

At her business, Healing Touch and Aromatherapy, Whitney mainly specializes in treatment massage with cupping.

“But I also have a knack for relaxation massage,” Whitney said. “I’m very versatile.”

Whitney’s husband, James, helped build a new private entrance to her massage office at their home in Roy. That has allowed clients a more private space since they no longer have to walk through her house to get to the massage area.



Whitney said massages are more important than ever due to the current state of everything.

“This world is very stressed and everyone hurts and has different ways of healing,” Whitney said. “Massage is a very great tool in the tool box to help with medical, physical and overall well-being.”

No longer just considered a luxury item, massages can be included in some insurance policies and covered as medical care. A therapeutic massage can target the source of the body’s pain by eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility and providing relaxation to the affected muscles as well as the body as a whole.

“I got into massage to help others with pain and I really loved everything about it,” Whitney said.

Whitney specializes in deep therapeutic massages but also provides relaxation massages. The therapeutic massage can leave someone sore, but the results are hard to ignore.

“It was a little more painful at the time,” one client said in an online review. “It’s almost impossible to relax at all. The next day’s results, though, made it worth it for sure. I’ve come to understand that if deep tissue massages are gonna actually gain real results, unfortunately it has to hurt a little. At least a little more than might be comfortable. So if you can’t deal with ow for the ‘wow’ later, stick to a relaxing massage.”

Whitney said she has seen massages help thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash, sciatica, rotator cuff tendonitis as well as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. She has also helped people who had their cancer go into remission, utilizing massages to handle the pain that can come from that.

People can follow Whitney and learn more about her business on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShandaWhitneyLMT, by calling 253-225-9163 or emailing healingtouchandaromatherapy@gmail.com.

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