Sans Souci Massage is open!
We continue taking steps to ensure the safety of our clients and therapists. We are doing extensive cleaning in the office throughout the day. We have always taken pride in our disinfecting at Sans Souci and will continue to keep everything sanitized thoroughly. Our waiting room has been rearranged to allow for physical distancing. Therapists and clients are not required to wear a mask but if you prefer, please let us know and we will accommodate.
If you start feeling any of the following symptoms on or before the day of your appointment please cancel the appointment and our therapists will do the same:
There will be no cancellation fee as we do not want the spread of any illnesses but please call as soon as possible to cancel. If you show up with any of these symptoms we will have to ask you to reschedule.
We look forward to being part of your wellness regimen again. If anyone has any concerns please feel free to call or email us at any time.
What to expect during a massage session
For your first appointment you should allow 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time to fill out a health history form, establish your goals for the session and ask any questions that you may have.
You will be asked to undress to your level of comfort, in private and drape yourself with a sheet and blanket on the massage table. Proper draping will be used at all times, undraping only that part of your body being massaged.
Your experience should be comfortable. Please communicate any discomforts or distractions to the therapist.
There may be times when massage is not appropriate for you. Please give the therapist accurate medical information to obtain maximum and safe results.
We require a 24-hour notice of cancellation. If this is not done the client is expected to pay for the full session.
Katie (Meyer) Schimmel
Graduate of Northern Lights School of MassageTherapy (now known as CenterPoint) in Minneapolis, MN in 2001. My schooling included: Swedish, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy work), aromatherapy and yoga. I have continued my studies in the following: Medical Massage, Neuromuscular Cu
Katie (Meyer) Schimmel
Graduate of Northern Lights School of MassageTherapy (now known as CenterPoint) in Minneapolis, MN in 2001. My schooling included: Swedish, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy work), aromatherapy and yoga. I have continued my studies in the following: Medical Massage, Neuromuscular Cupping Therapy, Coaching The Body, Pregnancy Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage I (Chickley Institute), Active Isolated Stretching (Aaron Mattes), Geriatric Massage, Pilates Mat (Penny Crochiere), Ashiatsu (foot pressure massage), Oncology Massage (Tracy Walton & Associates), Certified Fitness Trainer (International Sports Science Association).
I have worked with special needs clients; traveling to see these clients in their homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and memory care facilities when individuals are not able to get transportation to my office (with an additional charge for the travel time and mileage.) I have worked around feeding tubes, venitlators, tracheostomies, colostomies and a variety of medical equipment. I perform massages with clients on massage tables, hospital beds, recliners and wheel chairs. Clients can be fully clothed to receive massage in hopes of decreasing the stress involved for clients who have a hard time dressing and undressing.
My intent is to help you become more aware of your body. I strongly believe in slowing down and living in the moment, decreasing stressful things in life and letting our bodies rest and recharge.
Candace is a graduate of Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy (now Center Point) in Minneapolis, MN in 2001. While in school she learned Swedish, Integrative and deep tissue massage, along with SMMaRT techniques, Jin Shin Jyutsu, aromatherapy, and Yoga. After school she also had additional training in hot stone, active isolated stretching, Pilates, Ashiatsu and Cupping. Candace and Katie opened Sans Souci Massage in October, 2001, in downtown Eau Claire. In 2005 they acquired another massage business formerly know as Natural Healing Center, which became their new location in Altoona. Candace’s goal for her clients is to achieve optimum health. She does not believe that people should have to just “live” with daily pains and discomforts. She believes in living each day to its fullest, setting goals and being happy with what the universe has given us.
Inspired by natural therapeutic elements built on a foundation of traditional healing techniques, I graduated in 2001 from the PHD Academy in Eau Claire, WI; with a focus of Therapeutic Massage consisting of Swedish, Integrative, and Rehabilitative techniques based on theories of Western anatomy and physiology. I have since continued my journey furthering my education and awareness in techniques of Infant Massage; Specialized techniques for the face, scalp and neck; Precision Neuromuscular Therapy; Sports Massage; Myofascial Release (MFR); Prenatal Massage; Healing Stone Therapy and Medical Massage levels 2 & 3. It is my belief that Massage Therapy is a complimentary therapy, not an alternative. It's of tremendous benefit supporting the body's own healing responses. It is my intent to provide a quality of excellence in my care, integrating essential touch and its lifelong benefits through many levels of conceptual understanding, elegant awareness and heartfelt communication with the healing art of massage therapy for personal development and well-being.
Sarah is a graduate of Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, MN in 2002. While in school she studied Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. Sarah has since furthered her education in Prenatal, Hot Stone Therapy, Cupping Therapy and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage. Sarah is dedicated to assisting clients in improved health and enhancing their well being through therapeutic touch.
Whitney has a keen interest in helping people reach their health and healing goals. Using a holistic approach to her work, Whitney fully attends each client’s needs whether you’re in need of a therapeutic massage to help relieve any areas of pain or tension in your body or in need of a relaxing massage to help you unwind and detox from stress in your life.
Uses more specific strokes than Swedish and tends to be slower and deeper. This type of massage is directed specifically to the client’s needs with the ability to be more precise and address specific areas of muscles when needed.
The goal of Swedish Massage is to melt away muscle tension and increase the blood flow to your heart. Swedish Massage is extremely therapeutic as it decreases muscle toxins, increases oxygen levels in the blood, and improves flexibility in the body.
Uses concentrated finger pressure which is applied to painful irritated areas in muscles to break the pain/spasm cycle and promote normal function.
Hot Stone Massage is paired with massage. Stones are heated and used with oils to sooth, warm, and massage your muscles. This allows your body to relax and release tension and stress.
Designed specifically for the pregnant woman’s needs. Benefits of this massage include aiding the body in eliminating waste products which help to combat fatigue and increase energy. The pregnancy massage eases muscular cramping, tightness and tension, increases flexibility by relaxing the muscle. It also soothes anxiety related to the child birth experience.
Ashiatsu means “foot pressure”. It is an ancient art of massage from Asia. For Ashiatsu, the therapist will use clean, soft feet to apply deep, flowing strokes to the body. This massage is great for people that love a deep tissue massage. It can also be modified to accommodate the lightest of pressure.
Cupping (silicone cups)
Massage Cupping is a technique used to soften muscles, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues and help open the lymphatic pathways. Cupping therapy is incredibly versatile and the basic movements can easily be customized to accomplish a wide variety of techniques.
Cupping is NOT for individuals with: liver or kidney disorders, blood clotting disorders or on any blood thinning medication, are at risk of heart attack or stroke. We also will NOT provide cupping if you are currently dealing with an infection, have broken bones or torn ligaments, have had surgery less than 6 weeks prior or if you are undergoing active cancer treatments. Cupping during pregnancy will only be done if you have been receiving regular cupping treatments prior to becoming pregnant and it is not a high-risk pregnancy. In the above cases, we can usually safely provide massage without cupping!
All body treatments can be add-ons to any massage service.
This reviving treatment will purify and invigorate your skin. A scrub enriched with Dead Sea salts, hydrating oils and aromatherapy oils of your liking, followed by a cocoon of warm linens for a full body steam will complete this service.
In this revealing body treatment, your body is polished to translucency, removing dull and dead skin cells to unveil glowing radiance and leaves you relaxed and replenished. A sugar polish enriched with aromatherapy oils of your liking, followed by a cocoon of warm linens for a full body steam will complete this service.
Cupping can be added to your massage at no extra charge.