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Belltown Spine & Wellness Services

Belltown Spine & Wellness is an integrated health and wellness center that has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality in the greater Seattle area. Services are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals.  Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness, created the signature 4-step program that is specifically designed to help patients recover from chronic neck and back pain conditions along with using the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.

Corrective Chiropractic Care

Belltown Spine & Wellness practices the state-of-the-art Corrective Biophysics Technique using Mirror Image exercise, adjusting and postural traction to correct the spine, and posture deviations back towards normal alignment and balance. Founder, Dr. Scott Mindel's 4-step Method has helped his patients restore overall health for over two decades in Seattle.

Massage Therapy

Belltown Spine & Wellness offers different types of massage to best suit individual client needs and preferences, including deep tissue, Swedish, and Manual Ligament Therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Healing Touch, trigger point therapy, reflexology, craniosacral, intra-oral, and pre-natal massage.

Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness do one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractors target the root cause of an issue as opposed to simply reducing or managing symptoms.
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Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Gion Monn

Dr. GION MONN

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist
Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Doctor of Chiropractic

From joy and excitement to anxiety and pain, a pregnant woman wears her emotions on her face. When her legs swell or her back aches, those physical issues manifest as negative

facial expressions. Full-body massage can certainly alleviate edema and pain, but you can also induce relief with just a few minutes of gentle facial massage.

Val Guin, doula and creator of Forearm Dance™ who specializes in functional movement and body mechanics, said facial massage is tantamount to reflexology for the feet.

“Just like feet, points in the face represent organs in the entire body,” she explained, noting that the technique of face mapping dates back more than 5,000 years.

To address specific pregnancy-related issues, you’ll want to focus facial massage on, around and under the nose, around the mouth and laugh lines, and under the chin. These areas correlate to particular parts of the rest of the body. For instance, laugh lines correspond to the hip.

“If your expectant client’s right hip hurts, rub the side of the nose where the laugh line is and the pain will diminish,” Guin said.

To alleviate nausea, she recommended massage around the nose and upper lip.

Another common complaint during pregnancy is tension and anxiety, which may trigger headaches. To reduce the discomfort, Guin recommends gently squeezing the bridge of the nose with two fingers, moving up to the eyebrows.

“This helps to open the neck and shoulders, promotes the flow of energy and alleviates a tremendous amount of angst.”

Working the back of the neck in a soft, slow circular motion from behind the ears up past the hairline will also relieve tension.

At some point in the pregnancy, your client may bemoan her “fat face.” Guin explained that swelling in the jowl area relates to edema in the legs; massaging upward toward the eye and outward toward the temple helps to relieve the swelling in the lower extremities.

Guin emphasized the importance of using mild strokes, regardless of the area you are massaging.

“Always use gentle pressure with the fingers slightly curved upward when you touch the face. The soft touch is safe and works well on several different levels,” Guin noted.

Be sure to exercise special sanitary precautions with your pregnant clients.

“If you’ve used oil for a full-body massage, be sure to wash your hands before touching the face. The same thing goes if you’ve touched the feet,” Guin said. “Hands to face is the main reason we get sick. Germs get in through the nose and mouth.”

Guin added that regular facial massage throughout your client’s pregnancy will alleviate many symptoms.

“Pregnant women have to stay on top of these issues,” Guin said. “Facial massage makes a difference in how a pregnant woman feels and looks. It helps her carriage, gait and energy level.”

The next time your expectant client walks through the door, take a good look at her expression. You just might be able to give her spirits a lift with a gentle facial massage.

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