January’s Featured Product of the Month

We are happy to announce that each month we will be featuring one of our staffs favorite product at 10% off. This month, we are featuring Carrie’s favorite, Hyland’s Muscle Therapy Gel – with Arnica. She is a Master Massage Therapist here at Back To Bliss and she knew right away what product she would choose for the staff pick favorites. She explains that this is her favorite because, “I like the way it works in the skin, it isn’t oily or sticky when rubbed in.  It brings instant pain relief and it has helped a lot of my clients.” This is what our other staff members are saying about Arnica Muscle Therapy Gel.  “It is such a wonderful product, and the best part is that it doesn’t have a scent and it’s better for your body than most products out there.”

Muscle Therapy Gel – with Arnica

Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica is the one of the first natural remedies for inflammation, reduction in swelling, bruising and trauma to a specified area. One of the main properties that are used in this product is Arnica. What is Arnica, you ask? Keep on reading to learn more.

Arnica is actually Arnica Montana and it is derived from a daisy plant. It has many known alias’s such as: Fall Herb, Mountain Daisy, Leopard’s Bane, Well­bestow, Wolf’s Bane, and Wound Herb. It is said to originate from Europe in the high-elevation of areas that surround, and including mountains. Arnica really loves it sun and really thrives in it with the amazing terrain and cultivated soil.  Arnica dates back into the 1500s and was used for the same as it is today, pain and muscle relief. You can use it in two different ways: topically – such as creams, gels (Muscle Therapy Gel), ointments; and orally – which can only be used in the homeopathic form – pills, tablets, and liquids. 

All of our Staff recommends this product and our families use it, as well, to treat any bump or bruise. Can be used by children, pets, athletes, adults, anyone with pain.

Footnotes: http://www.arnica.com/category/about-arnica/ https://www.britishhomeopathic.org/charity/how-we-can-help/articles/homeopathic-medicines/a/arnica-montana/ 

Wausau Location Special: 25% off First Massage or 20% off Packages

Spring special for our Wausau Location!

We would like to take a moment and thank all of the clients who have shown up in our Wausau location to help grow and support our mission.  Part of our mission is to offer affordable wellness to everyone.  We want you to make it part of your  monthly wellness ritual.

Spring is the time to cleanse and renew and this special will help you achieve that.  You can choose any of our offerings.  We recommend for you to cleanse into spring try our Lymphatic massage which is a detoxifying massage, or our most popular service the Signature Massage that comes with our Ayurveda scented oils to help balance your body.

Book An Appointment:

To book an appointment you can call our Main Center at 715.316.0040 or book online.  Redeeming your 25% off New Client you must be a new client to Back To Bliss.  Print the coupon and bring it in to your appointment or show it to your practitioner on your phone.   Purchase your package at 20% off click the link.Click here to buy Package at 20%off


Check out descriptions of our massage offerings

A Bit About Cupping

What’s This ‘Cupping’ Thing

Cupping is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine in which glass cups are suctioned to the skin using heat to create a vacuum. This therapy helps to eliminate toxins, relieve congestion, improve circulation and relieve muscle tension. Cupping is generally painless and can be as effective as massage for muscle problems.

Cupping is a process in which suction is used to relieve local congestion.  Suction is created by various methods, using either heat or mechanical means to create partial vacuum.  Cupping methods create a negative pressure or suction, on the skin which pulls up tissue and actively draws blood and other fluids close to the surface.  This pulling action in the body engages the parasympathetic nervous system and induces a deep relaxation.


Who would benefit?

  1. Back Pain
  2. Musculoskeletal pain, Tightened or painful muscles, Pinched Nerves
  3. Headaches
  4. Respiratory Disorders
  5. Colds and Flu
  6. Asthma
  7. Arthritic conditions
  8. Edema
  9. Adhesions
  10. Intestinal Issues

Cupping is known for its ability to break up localized stagnation. Cupping is reputed to:

  1. Drain excess fluids and toxins
  2. Loosen adhesions
  3. Lift connective tissues
  4. Enhance circulation in stagnant musculature and fascia
  5. Stimulate the peripheral nervous system.  

Lung Issues :Cupping over the lungs helps to loosen phlegm, boost immunity and deepen breathing. It’s effective for common colds, asthma and allergies.

Detoxification:  When we talk about detoxifying, what we are really trying to do is to clear excess heat that burdens the liver. This accumulates from stress, eating processed foods, drinking alcohol and coffee, and taking pharmaceuticals. Cupping clears excess heat from the body, as evidenced by the red marks that can linger on the skin for several days after.

Musculoskeletal Pain: Cupping is like a reverse massage, using suction rather than pressure to relax the muscles. The heat and suction also work to bring fresh blood to a pain area and release blockages there. It is useful for back, neck and shoulder pain, and sciatica.

Digestive Problems: Cupping can help improve the digestive system when the cups are applied to the stomach area. By relaxing the stomach muscles and improving blood flow, it can increase nutrient absorption.  

Know-Before-You-Go: Cupping Edition

Brave enough to get cupped? Here are a few things you should know:

  1. It’s not as painful as it looks. If you’re a glutton for deep-tissue massage, foam rolling or a firm elbow from time to time, you can rest assured you’ll have a pain-free experience. That said, “If you have any really stagnant tissue, you might experience more soreness — but not usually lasting more than 24 hours.
  2. Those marks don’t lie (for the most part). Darker marks can denote one of two things: Poorer circulation to that part of the body or higher levels of toxicity being brought up to the skin.


Marshfield Welcomes A New Therapist: Caroline Miller

New Marshfield Team Member

Caroline Miller has joined our team and we couldn’t be more excited. She brings a wide range of talents and skills to our downtown Marshfield location and we know you will be happy with her great massage skills.

Caroline has worked as a hair stylist in Milwaukee for over a decade, and she brings her deep background in customer service with her as she begins her new journey in massage therapy. As an Associate Level therapist, she looks forward to growing her skills in relaxation, energetics, and therapy. Caroline will be training this September and will be able to provide waxing, facial, and body wrap services as well as massage later this fall.

She has already won over several clients. In the last week alone here is some of the feedback we have heard from her clients.

“She’s my new favorite!” 

“I will be back!”

“What a wonderful addition. You guys always find the best massage therapists around.”

“Her massage reminds me a lot of Joan Weber’s.”



Caroline is available for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments in our Marshfield location only.  To Learn more about her, check her bio on our Meet Our Team Page.


Associate Level

We haven’t had a new Associate Level therapist at Back To Bliss in a couple of years, so take advantage of her great prices to get to know her. Associate Level is an experience designation at Back To Bliss and we have set our Associate Level as our lowest price.  For more information on our price levels see the following link to a video on the topic:



Considering A Career In Massage Therapy?

A Local Opportunity

Back To Bliss is offering a class that was developed by a massage therapy school as a ‘first look’ into the career. When potential students would question whether or not they were ready to commit to a full year long massage therapy program, the school would steer them towards a version of the 15-hour course we are offering. Let’s face it, the commitment of time and money is often scary. Many potential students know they like to give back rubs to family and friends, but they have very little real experience or knowledge about professional massage. This course is the answer to these questions. It was designed to teach a full body oil massage in a group setting.

Students expressing any interest in Massage Therapy as a career can get an authentic experience of what it would be like to give massages as a professional. Taking this course will give enough experience to confirm or remove any doubts about massage as a career before students take the large step of committing to a full program.

Course Details

The course material covers a full body oil massage on professional tables. It is a public class for all ages. Minors under the age of 18 can attend with parental consent. We actually encourage parents to take the class with their child so they can talk about the career choice together. You can also find an online link to information regarding this massage course below:

Several people have expressed interest in this course already, but the dates we have scheduled for our first run don’t work for them. If you also interested but looking for other times that work for your schedule, please contact us with what does work for you so we can set up a second course time that does work for you.

Currently Scheduled

Choose from any of the following three six week sessions.

Session 1: 3/22 – 4/7 – Wed and Fri nights from 6:30-9 @ YRC

Session 2: 4/25 – 5/30  –  Tuesday nights from 6:30-9 @ YRC

Session 3: 7/2 – 8/6  –  Sundays from 3 – 6:30 @ Colby


6 classes. 2.5-3 hours each.

Fee: $125 / person or $200 / couple if signing up together.

Now Hiring Therapists For New Wausau Location

A New Facility

Monica and Josiah Have been looking for new opportunities to grow over the last several months. Finding all the right pieces to grow has and continues to be the dictating factor for opening our next facility. Enough pieces have fallen into place that we can announce our intention to open in Wausau.

The facility we have in mind would duplicate the size and tone of our Marshfield Satellite. To begin, we would develop it as a wellness spa; with yoga, salon, skin, and nails all as future options. The facility lies on 17th right across from Marathon Park. Everything is set for us to sign a lease except for new staff. If we can find two full-time massage therapists or the equivalent to join our Wausau Team, we will open later this spring.

Massage Therapists Needed

Who would fit in well with our Team? Back To Bliss is a facility that honors the individual strengths of our team members. We offer a wide array of massage techniques from deeply technical therapy to blissful relaxation. As a facility we allow you to focus on your strengths. Our team will help direct clients to you that best fit your strengths. We create a team environment that is client service oriented, not competitive amongst therapists.

Through cooperation and professional teamwork, we build a much more powerful experience for our clients. This means we are looking for long term career minded therapists as well as team oriented ones. Our system of pricing on a leveled bases helps therapists receive timely raises. It also provides information on the experience level clients should expect when they choose a provider. This clarity honors both our team member’s growth in their careers as well as client preferences on price and experience.

We look to attract long-term relationships with clients. We are not a resort spa or a medical clinic, but a facility focused on balanced wellness; providing great clinical massage therapy in a spa-like atmosphere. Our multiple facilities, with their different departments, offer options for our clients to pursue wellness on their own terms as part of a lifestyle focused on health and happiness. To this end, therapists that can build positive therapeutic relationships with their clients find our philosophy and tone a good match. If you are solely focused on specialty populations or have no interest in building longer term clients, then you will find a better home elsewhere.


Training & Perks

While still a small business, Back To Bliss offers support that many employers do not for massage therapists. We have regular team meetings with in-house education. We encourage you to trade and learn from other therapists during your down time. Public classes taught by in-house teachers all have discounts or are free to team members. This summer we are offering yoga, Bach Flower, Your First Meditation, and Reiki Certification classes to name a few of the options for staff. As a whole, the potential for your personal growth in our team atmosphere is a real part of why people stay with us.

Our philosophy is based in holistic wellness and the atmosphere we create for our team members is as relaxed as we can make it while still holding accountability for success and professionalism. Our focus on your personal growth is great for self-motivated people who want to learn their craft and then learn how to help more and more people. We offer flexible schedules, phone app based schedule and online booking system, significant levels of autonomy/respect/responsibility, and support. In short, you need to have a relatively stress-free work environment to grow and provide stress relief to our clients.

We offer commission based pay for both retail and services. All new team members have an hourly minimum wage as they build their clientele and will receive whichever is greater, their commission amount or their hourly. This supportive structure eases the transition into any new facility while client relationships are built.

We are a profit share based model. Everyone earns their regular wage for work, and as each facility reaches higher levels of success, larger and larger portions of profit will be returned to the team members. We all share in the success of positive work habits. Profit sharing is available after 2 years of employment.

To Learn More

Contact our front desk at 715.316.0040. Our receptionists will provide you with an email to send resumes and give your contact information to our Owners, Josiah & Monica. Training begins asap at our Colby location.

Bodyworkers Share Begins

Hands & Hearts – Bodyworkers Share

Join us this fall for Back To Bliss’ Bodyworkers Share. This is an open group for any currently licensed Bodyworker, Massage Therapist, or Alternative Modality provider. During this share, we will begin with a small discussion to set our intention and talk shop. Once we divide ourselves up for the trade, we will each receive a 45 minute service from another participant. Unstructured time is allowed at the end of each share to drink tea while we socialize and process the experiences from the trade together.

What is a Bodyworkers Share?  

A Bodyworkers Share is a group that gathers to support, inspire, and build their local wellness community. In particular, the massage and bodywork profession often lacks community where we can set up a variety of 

As all groups, it is what the members make of it, so come with questions and help us build a wonderful space where massage, and all those who bring the healing power of touch, are celebrated.

What is Hands & Hearts?

Hands & Hearts is a program organized around the idea of increasing our local area’s touch literacy. Sponsored by Back To Bliss, it has various facets including teaching friends and family how to give each other massages, supporting  local professional bodyworkers and a charitable program aimed at helping to provide bodywork to underpriviledged community members. Follow this link to see our complete program options and get involved.

When and Where

This share is 100% free, and will happen every four weeks on Sunday nights from 7:15-9pm. Each Share is hosted at Back To Bliss where we can enjoy the professional setting. We are hosting this event at both the Colby and Marshfield locations to make it easily accessible to a larger area. Tables and linens are provided by Back To Bliss. You may bring your personal oils and accessories as desired.

2016 Colby Dates:

  • Sunday October 23rd @ 7:15-9pm
  • Sunday December 18th @ 7:15-9pm

2016 Marshfield Dates:

  • Sunday September 25th @ 7:15-9pm
  • Sunday November 20th @ 7:15-9pm


Please call or go online to reserve a spot for each month’s share. We are currently limited to 10 participants. Call 715.316.0040 to speak to a receptionist or go to http://www.secure-booker.com/division/Classes.aspx and search for the dates you are looking to register for. Feel free to send questions and comments to Monica at the bottom of the page.

Training Announcement – Craniosacral Class

Three Therapists Attended Training

This August, three massage therapists at Back To Bliss attended a weekend certification course in Craniosacral Therapy.

Sarah, Jodi, and Rachelle getting their CEU's.

Sarah, Jodi, and Rachelle getting their CEU’s.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Simply put, there is a deeper and more subtle pumping system in our body than the heart and cardiovascular system. That more subtle system surrounds the central nervous system and brain. Just like muscles all over the body tighten in response to stress, so too do the fascial linings of this deeper pumping system. When the pumping system that cleanses, nourishes and detoxifies our central nervous system starts getting wear and tear due to the accumulation of stress, all sorts of negative symptoms can spring up.  In many ways the fluid of this pumping system can be likened to the oil in our car. If it doesn’t get processed via a healthy pumping action it will stark to get gunky and then our entire central nervous system will run sluggishly. Since this system nourishes our nervous system directly the list of symptoms a good craniosacral treatment can help benefit is quite wide and profound.

What does it help?

According to Dr. John Upledger, a pioneer and leading american trainer, craniosacral therapy is ideally suited for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, pain, and general health maintenance.

It is recommended for autism, fibromyalgia, heart disease, osteoarthritis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinus infections, and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach or small intestine). It is also used with other therapies to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain, and menstrual irregularity. In addition, other craniosacral practitioners have reported benefits for eye dysfunction, dyslexia, depression, motor coordination difficulties, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), hyperactivity, colic, asthma in babies, floppy baby syndrome, whiplash, cerebral palsy, certain birth defects, and other central nervous system disorders. 

Craniosacral Training Supplies

How does it differ from other massages?

As with most specialty massage techniques, the way that you are touched and what body parts the we focus on depends on the result we are looking for. With craniosacral therapy, there are several key notes that make it stand out.

  • The touch is feather light. This massage taps into a very subtle rhythm and facial system.  A very light touch is often best because it is enough to create a strong result, but also not so strong that we distort your natural rhythms through our work.
  • The service is most often done fully clothed. As a predominantly fascial massage we want our hands to be slightly tacky and to hold on the skin instead of to slide along it as we do with an oil massage.
    • We can access all of the body parts we need through the clothing. Without the concern of oil ruining your clothing, we can do everything we need without the need to remove clothing.
    • You certainly can remove belts, shoes, jeans and other obstructive clothes for comfort, but disrobing is not a necessary part of the service.
  • The service is aimed at opening the cerebrospinal fluid system. Most of the massage will be focused on the head, face, and spine because this is where we can most easily affect that system.
  • Part of the science of this modality is for us to use your body’s rhythms and pulses to help find obstructions in the cerebrospinal system. This means that we may move your limbs in repeating rhythms, circles, or other patterns to feel for asymmetry and other disturbances in your cerebrospinal rhythm. Very often we will work in repeating patterns of movement as well as long holds to bring awareness and healing to your cerebrospinal system.
  • These services can often be very long. A 90 minute session is very common. At Back To Bliss, our services only extend to 2 hours, but at many other facilities a 3 hour craniosacral therapy session is normal. We recommend testing this modality out for a 60 minute service first. If you like it, then you can extend the times to the recommended 90 minute session as desired.
  • The teatment is very blissful. The quiet, gentle and rhythmic nature of this massage combined with the genuinely amazing experience of feeling myofascial releases in your body is entrancing. Very often clients will become so absorbed in the internal experience that they will completely lose track of time.
    • As a side note, I have had many clients get mad because they think their massage was cut short when in fact it was extra long. This happens often due to the deep trance like focus experienced during this massage.
    • I have personally had this experience. My session felt like it was only ten minutes long when the therapist took her hands away and said thank you. Basically, the first ten minutes that I remember was how long it took to pull my mind in. The service kept my mind engaged fully until the very last touch and I completely lost connection with the passage of time. It was amazing.
  • As with most specialty massage types, these will have compounding effects when received in a series.

How to Get One?

At Back To Bliss we currently have five massage therapists that are now trained in this service.

  1. Josiah
  2. Carrie
  3. Jodi
  4. Rachelle

Please call our front desk line at 715.316.0040 or go to our online booking system to schedule today.

Signature Scent Vata Trimester

With October quickly approaching,Vata Season is upon us.  At Back To Bliss, we are attempting to bring the natural Ayurvedic cycles of nature into our programming. With three main phases of the year, we are bringing you programming based on Trimesters, four months to each season.  This usually includes and down cycle for the last season and the uprush of new energy for the next season.

Vata Season is October through the end of January.  Being some of the coldest months of the year, this time of year often leaves us feeling drained and down. On a deeper level our body is transitioning for the wintery weather ahead.  Our skin may start to dry out due to the changes in the temperature, humidity or just the additions of the seasonal winds.  The dust, mold, and allergens are starting to build in the air and clog pores or respiratory systems.  In order to balance with these changes we should add some warm and comforting scents to our routines.  Emily has formulated a blend to do just that!

Orange, Cypress, Ginger and Ylang Ylang all blend together for a warm and inviting scent that provides energetic balance for the season ahead.   Orange is great for fighting depression, a diuretic, and helps to calm nerves.  Cypress helps boosts the immune system, helps us to fight respiratory issues, it speeds up wound healing, and soothes skin conditions.  Ginger aids in calming digestive issues, it is a great anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and stimulating agent that gets the blood pumping.  Ylang ylang will help balance and soothe the warmth of this oil, it’s an aphrodisiac and helps to calm the skin and our soul.

Using our Signature Scent in a massage oil and regularly getting massages during the whole season can help you better transition from the heat of summer to the cold of fall. It will help you to dispell the gloom on your spirit that often comes with a decrease in daylight and a restriction to the activities of summer.

Our Signature Scent for this Vata Season has been added to several products. These products have been created to help complete your wellness routine and focus it for this seasons stresses.

Emily’s suggested use:

After a massage: with the Signature Scent oil, take Signature Scent epsom salts and place 2 cups in a warm to hot bath.  Relax for 20-30 minutes.  After use 2 tbsp of Signature Scent oil to moisturize before towel dry.  Sleep well

To start your day:  Dry brush in the direction of the lymph nodes (toward the heart or watch the video), Shower and use 2 Tbsp of Signature Scent oil after showering and rinse off or blot dry.  Allow oil to soak in before dressing.

Kinesio Tape Training

On Wednesday July 29th, 2015, Carrie, Crystal, and Emily will be going to a training on Kinesio Taping.

Kinesio Taping is the application of special tape that will help to heal injuries by increasing circulation and lymphatic flow as well as support the muscle while the injury is acute. If you commonly sprain or strain muscles, this will help cut down recovery time and help you get back to your workout/ training quickly. The benefits to athletes are tremendous and include faster healing, and the added benefit of supporting injuries – sometimes providing enough support so that you can continue to train while healing. Another great benefit of Kinesio Taping is that it is something that you can do at home to help reduce the costs of therapy.  By buying your own tape and having our therapists show you how to apply it at home you can take your health into your own hands.

Combining Kenesio Taping with massage will increase the therapeutic effectiveness of our services.  We will be running a post training special during august to help our therapists practice, so look for it this August.

Student Massages Are Back!

From now until the end of September we are hosting another student massage therapist at Back To Bliss. Valerie Krause of Spencer will be available on Friday afternoons from 2-7 pm to offer her already great skills for massage.

She will be offering the following services at the Colby location, all bookable online or at 715.316.0040.

  • 30 Min Student Massage – $20
  • 45 Min Student Massage – $25
  • 60 Min Student Massage – $30
  • 75 Min Student Massage – $35
  • 90 Min Student Massage – $40
  • 60 Min Pregnancy Massage – $24
  • 60 Min Hot Stone Massage  – $30

Students offering their massage services at Back To Bliss are in their last section of schooling to become licensed massage therapists.  They are looking for experience, but have all the skills needed to give a wonderful massage. Student’s rates are drastically reduced to honor both their experience level and the need to give them some experience.  Book yours today, these prices are unbeatable and won’t last long!


Reflective Analysis: Foot Reflexology

To finish up our discussion on reflections within the body we will examine foot reflexology. For those who do not know what foot reflexology is, it is basically a specialized foot massage that was developed in the US during the 1930’s. What separates it from regular massage is the intention of whole body therapy through the reflections we have been talking about and massage that often includes more repetitions and deeper pressure points over the entire foot.

The ‘map’ that shows what parts of the foot reflect to different parts of the body retains the actual layout of the organs as they rest near and on top of one another. Foot reflexology is a great example to showcase Fact 3: spatial relationships are often retained in the reflected body part.   There is an easy way to see what I am talking about.  Have a friend stand ten feet away from you while you sit on a chair in front on them.  Lift your foot so that your toes line up with their head and your heal lines up with their hips.  The head reflects to the toes, the chest reflects to the ball of the foot.  The abdomen is reflected in the arch, and the hips reflect in the heel.

So, when massaging the foot, redness, tightness, numbness, or pain with the application of pressure indicates dysfunction from the body being reflected onto the feet.  When there is pain in the ball of the foot it can indicate lung, rib, or heart issues are present.  Pelvic issues can reflect to pain near the heel and ankle and so on.  The system of foot reflexology uses massage of the feet to stimulate the reflected area and thus help your body heal. This idea of using the reflections to send healing signals into the body instead of just analyzing the reflections is very consistent with the tenants of holism.

The last point I want to make we will call Fact #4: Intuition is a part of most reflective analysis. We started our series by talking about needing shortcuts that summarize vast amounts of information. Intuition is in essence unconscious processing of vast amounts of information. Allowing intuition to bypass the need for us to think through all the information that reflections are giving us allows us to get to the conclusions we need that we may not be able to with just our conscious mind alone. Thus, finding someone who has experience, deep knowledge of the system, and strong intuition can make reflexology, or any reflective analysis, startlingly accurate and powerful. Without any intuition, it can be just a nice foot massage.

Remember: You are whole.  All parts of you are interconnected. What happens to one part of you happens to all of you.