Hello, my name is Eric Plum.  I have been a licensed massage practitioner for fifteen years with all but one of those years in Bellingham.  I attended massage school in Philadelphia prior to moving to the northwest.  Trained in Swedish massage, I’ve developed my deeper tissue work through education, lots of practice and experience.


Every therapist claims to do deep tissue massage.  I continuously hear from clients that their experience with other therapists is one of frustration due to lack of sustained depth.  I’ll occasionally have a client ask me to go a little easier on them, but never to go deeper. Now before I scare you off,  deep is a relative term and varies from client to client.  Sometimes it will vary week to week for a specific client.  To receive deeper tissue therapy one must breath and relax through some intense situations.  I work very intensely and patiently pushing both muscle and client to the edge to allow deep tissue release.  Not only does the release contribute to greater range of motion and decreased pain, it also increases the flow of blood and energy through the major joints of the body.  Blood provides your cells with their nourishment(more blood, better health).  To learn more about how it works check out Massage 101 & 102 in the menu above.


It is best to prepare your body for the work we will be doing.  Drink plenty of water, not so much you can’t make it an hour on the table.  A warm-up is recommended, whether it be a light work-out or a warm bath within 2 hours of session.  Something to get the blood flowing. This will get the muscles warm and juicy allowing greater release.

After the massage you’ll want to continue drinking plenty of liquids.  In addition I advise taking a sauna or a hot epson salt bath.  This will help flush the body of toxins released during the massage.  Hydration and good food will help in the rebuilding process.  Keep the body warm and loose for as long as possible.  The later in the day I recommend ice for the most worked areas, usually around the hips and the top of the shoulders.  It is almost certain there will be some soreness that may last a day or two.  The more you prepare and treat post massage, the less soreness you will experience.


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