The Well's resident acupuncturist, offers individual assessments with acupuncture imagetreatments, as well as guided meditation and community auricular acupuncture. Non-needle treatments include cold laser, cupping, gua sha, moxabustion, essential oils and stones.
Mary integrates Wellness Skills Teaching and Coaching
with each treatment to create an environment where each client can heal themselves. Many health insurance plan cover acupuncture and Mary will gladly help you navigate the process. She is in-network for PPO with CareFirst BC/BS, Aetna and Cigna.
Coming for Fall 2016
Mary will be teaching her acclaimed "How You Heal" Wellness Skills Class Series.
Eastern energy and mindfulness services. Swedish and deep tissue massage form the basis for our therapeutic massage sessions; The Well's elite team of massage therapists has advanced training in a wide range of modalities and practioners tailor each session to the client's needs.
the foundation for Western-style integrative technique, is a relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, cross-fiber friction, rolling, kneading, and tapotement to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, lowered blood pressure, and greater flexibility.
Deep tissue massage
is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper muscular layers of the body. Deep tissue massage is highly effective for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and lingering past injuries. Due to the nature of deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable.
is a form of neuromuscular therapy where the therapist gently moves the body into a position that allows the tightened muscle to become slackened for a period of 90-120 seconds. The muscle fibers "reset" to a non-stress condition, thereby restoring balance, comfort and functionality. This "fold and hold" technique, akin to osteopathic strain-counterstrain, is particularly effective with muscules that are in discomfort and too sore for traditional massage techniques or on tissues that are non-responsive to other methods.
is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. The therapist uses various massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that links and envelops all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release may involved deep tissue work. Indirect release applies controlled, steady pressure to gently stretch the fascia, allowing for increased blood circulation and pain relief.
Trigger point therapy
is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing the body's "trigger points, " tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These trigger points are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress and may create referred pain to other areas of the body. During a trigger point therapy session, the therapist first applies focused pressure to create an ischemic environment around the trigger point, then releases the pressure to facilitate blood and lymph flow and removal of accumulated cellular waste. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing the Qi (energy) flow. Unlike acupuncture, the therapist manually applies pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.
is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, the therapist works directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between practitioner and client. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in the feet, hands and/or ears. Unlike foot massages aimed at relieving tension in the musculoskeletal structures of the foot, reflexology is a more in-depth session designed to harmonize the entire body. According to Eunice Ingham's "zone reflexology" theory, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet and hands and stimulation of these areas may promote health and homeostatis in the corresponding organ, muscle, or joint. Reflexology treatments may be effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
is bodywork where the therapist applies deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones (high iron content basalt for hot stones; cooling white quartz for cold stones). The therapist places stones on strategic areas on your skin and uses hand stones for more penetrating massage pressure. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven. Stone therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction within your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body's self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.
is treatment specifically directed to resolve a condition diagnosed by your physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist. The therapists employs a variety of modalities during the treatment, focusing only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This approach enhances the body's natural self-healing process and can reduce the needed recovery time from injury. Following an initial assessment session, we usually schedule three 30-minute sessions over a 2-3 week period.
Ashley Simmons, Psy.D., offers individual psychotherapy to address depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress management, adjustment to life changes, and management of chronic health and pain imageconditions. She also helps clients navigate various family and relationship issues
Dr. Simmons utilizes evidence-based treatments validated through research
Such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She works collaboratively with clients to identify the best approach to a particular problem and integrates a variety of therapeutic techniques, including mindfulness, in her work. Dr. Simmons also plans to offer a variety of groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment, and Management of Chronic Pain.
Starting in July 2016
her clinical hours will be Tuesdays 6-9pm, Wednesdays 6-9pm, Thursdays 6-9pm and alternating Fridays from 9am-5pm.
For Summer 2016 we offer
Mon 7:15-8:30pm: Beginner Yoga Level 1 with Ericka Bolstad
Wed 7:15-8:30pm: Let It Flow Level 2 with Dan Carter
Starting in Fall 2016 we will add yoga classes on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
We will also host Past Tense's six-month 200-hour yoga teacher training course, beginning in October 2016.
For more information, check out Past Tense website.
Upcoming Fall Class Schedule
The Well Baby
"Infant Massage Instruction for Parents and Caregivers" with Elizabeth Shrader. Three-part series meeting on Sundays October 16, 23, and 30 from 10:30am-11:30am.
The Well Mama
"Kitchen Yoga" with Jodi Balis and Alicia Moyer. Even with the best of intentions, the desire to feed ourselves and our families good food in the midst of busy schedules can be a source of stress. As we transition from the slower pace of summer into the fall, join a supportive group of moms as we reconnect to food's goodness and realign our bodies with nourishment. Past Tense instructors Alicia and Jodi will blend food and yoga to to help you step out of eating ruts and into a meal rhythm that is body guided, meal generative, heart centered, and above all practical. Saturday, September 11 from 9:30am-12:00pm. Cost includes food tastings. All food will be vegan. All yoga levels welcome. Registration through Past Tense.
For Past Tense Members$35.00
The Well You
"Massage Basics for Beginners" with KT Bailey and Elizabeth Shrader. A five-part series on how to give - and receive - a great massage. Sign up with a partner or come to learn by yourself. "How You Heal Wellness Series" with Mary Morrison.
The Well Elder
"Senior Fitness Series" for strength and agility. "Change Your Life, Change Your World: Wellness Support Group" with Elizabeth Shrader.
Rates for acupuncture and psychotherapy are determined in part by your health insurance coverage. Go to our "Contact Us" page to inquire whether you are covered.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Offering integrative therapies for body and mind, The Well is located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. We promote family health and wellness through: Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Psychotherapy, Yoga, Wellness classes. We are a community of healers trained in a variety of bodywork modalities to help you regain balance, restore vitality, and address chronic or acute pain.