Therapeutic Massage

Bodywork for Pain Relief and Relaxation
 
TESTIMONIALS

     "Through the services of a chiropractor while stationed in SC, my daughter was introduced to Frances and her incredible massage technique.  Although stationed in Columbia, SC, 100 miles away, my daughter continued to make regular appointments with Frances and calling me on her drive back, reiterating how good Frances is and how much better she felt.

     "In 2010 my daughter was stationed in Korea, during her mid-tour in July 2011 she flew home to Indiana and you guessed it, drove to Charleston for several days of massage!

     "Earlier this year while planning her mid-tour leave, my daughter asked me if I would like to make the trip to Charleston for the 'Frances Experience.'  I've had regular massage for 16 years and never had a massage I felt was more beneficial than the corrective massage given by my regular therapist.

     "My daughter kept telling me, "Frances will ruin you for everyone else."

     "In August, my daughter treated me to 3 consecutive 2-hour massages.  After the first hour with Frances, things began to release and drain, it was then I understood why a jet-lagged weary traveler would drive such a distance to have Frances give her a massage... I am definitely hooked!

     "The trip to Charleston was wonderful and the food was delicious, but the highlight of each day was the 2 hours we each spent with Frances.  We are already saving for our trip next summer!"

-C.J.R., Fairmount, IN August 2012


     "I have traveled all over the world serving in the USAF and have been blessed to receive many massages; however, as long as I am able, I will continue to make the drive to see Frances.  She works my psoas; no other massage therapist even mentioned that my psoas might be tight and would help my running.

     "It's not just her bionic thumbs, Frances will give you 110% and you are guaranteed to walk out the door feeling 100% better than when you walked in!

     "Frances sets the bar high and does not disappoint!  Looking forward to next summer!" 

-C.M.R., Fairmount, IN August 2012


     "When I went to see Frances, my hip flexors, shoulders and neck were hurting me so much that I truly was crying. I even had ear aches from my neck pain. I had tried doctor-prescribed pain medication, pain patches and even cortisone shots for months, but nothing helped.  I had tried massage from another practitioner, but it didn't help.  The massage was just what I call a relaxation massage, no deep tissue or addressing real pain issues.  I was having so much pain that it was difficult for me to climb stairs, drive the car, or go to yoga.

     "Not only did Frances relieve my pain in just two visits, she followed up with me each time.  She is so much more than a massage therapist.  She demonstrated exercises that I could do at home and emailed me additional information about my body and recommended several great books.  I have fibromyalgia and scleroderma which keeps my body always in a battle with itself and my muscles, plus I drive a lot. Frances is better than any drug I've ever taken to relieve pain.  Plus, I feel empowered. I better understand why a certain area of my body is hurting and what to do to help ease the pain before it gets to such a high level.

     "I highly recommend Frances even if your not in pain and just seeking a deep tissue therapeutic massage. I found her flexible with her techniques and pressure based on my needs and she was very conscientious in balancing all of my body with massage not just the painful areas.  Add to that, she's a kind soul that truly cares about you. She's passionate about her work and it shows up in pain relief for her clients.  Her rates are very reasonable and worth  every penny." 

-Shannon C., Folly Beach, SC  July 2012



     "Frances, I just want you to know, you need to insure your entire body with Lloyd's of London.  I don't know what you did to me yesterday, but i am 100%!  I'm just going to get really good about making sure I come off the island to come see you.  I cannot tell you how much better I feel.  Thank you so much, because it was a miserable 3 or 4 days.  I just thought I had to tough it out.

Have a great day!  Thank you thank you thank you!"

-Kathy P., June 16, 2012


      "Frances has been able to offer me healing hands through a life time of back injuries, stress of work, travel and an occasional pinched nerve. I have always felt comfortable, cared for and safe on her massage table. She listens! Frances takes her cues from you. You get to decided if you need quiet during the session or if you are up for comfortable conversation. Frances can accommodate either. She also checks in with you, asks for feedback and is responsive in her methods of individualizing her care. She encourages me to be an active part in my own treatment by putting me to work with passive resistance stretches or offering me suggestions for moves I can do at home. Her knowledge and professionalism is top notch and that is something that really makes a difference to me! She is always open to ideas and interested to know what works for you. Thank you for being there for m,e Frances!"

-Danny H., May 16, 2011


     "When I started experiencing nagging back pain with sciatica following a fall, I was reluctant to seek traditional medical care (i.e. pain killers, muscle relaxants, and x-rays). As a nurse I thought I just needed rest, NSAIDS and time. I thought I would be willing to live with the pain even if it disrupted my sleep. Fortunately, I consulted with Frances and got a deep tissue massage. At the end of the massage, my pain was gone. I was very impressed with how quickly Frances identified my problem and nimbly worked to correct it. She listened intently to my complaints and the structured a plan using supportive stretches that would ultimately help me. She gave me detailed instructions for the stretches that would strengthen the relevant muscles and strengthen my hip adductors. With her advice I was also able to devise a complementary and alternative medicine approach to my problem. This included acupuncture treatments and Frances' deep tissue massage. I appreciated Frances' professionalism and her strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology and the way she applied her knowledge to the healing treatments I received. Her skills are exceptional and I would recommend her treatments to others without reservation."

-Mary E., May 11, 2011


     "I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert recipient of massage, as I had my first session when I was fifteen and I am now teetering on the brink of fifty-three. And while it's true that to some degree massage is like a pizza (even when it's bad it's still pretty good) the variation from one practitioner to another is vast. Frances distinguishes herself from others in several key areas. She has the maturity to be fully committed to her practice and her work ethic dictates that she offer her best each time. While many massage therapists have developed a set routine that proceeds regardless of the client's presenting issues, Frances listens carefully and focuses on what is needed most. She is well-versed in anatomy and physiology, and has a variety of techniques at her fingertips (literally) for addressing acute and chronic pain as well as stress. Her ability to quickly asses a client's needs and offer an appropriate session is impressive. And while physically strong, she possesses a gentle spirit and seems genuinely delighted to serve.

     "There is no shortage of massage therapists in this town, but I stopped freelancing soon after I began working with Frances. The quality of the experience is significant enough to warrant my investment in this therapeutic relationship that contributes fully to my total well being"

-Lauri B., May 21, 2010


     "I've had hundreds of massages paid for by my health insurance due to persistent pain from a bad cycling accident. Frances' deep tissue work can transform your body; she is strong as an Amazon and as dedicated as a monk. I pay for Frances even though I can have other massage covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield -- She is that exceptional."

-Alis W., December 23, 2009


     "Frances Werle-Smth is a professional massage therapist whose work is exemplary. I especially appreciate her deep tissue massage and her astute professionalism. I would highly recommend her to any interested person or institution."

-Roy F., December 13, 2009