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>Medical Massage and Insurance Coverage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

May 26, 2011

>Medical Massage and Insurance Coverage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP: “Andrew Wolfe,LMP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy,presents ‘Medical Massage and Insurance Coverage’.Medical insurance and Labor & Industry provider of medical massage he offers 24 years of full time clinical expereince in his practice with insight in the field of massage therapy in regards to rehabilitation through medical”


Andrew Wolfe, Arlington, 98223, 98223-8515, 98270, 98271 | Find Massage Therapist

May 23, 2011

Andrew Wolfe, Arlington, 98223, 98223-8515, 98270, 98271 | Find Massage Therapist.

Water-Natures Natural Remedy by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

December 8, 2010

Have you ever been told by your massage therapist after receiving a massage to drink plenty of water? You may ask yourself, ”Why is this”?

The body is mostly composed of fluids. The skin holds the fluids in as well as holding other structures together – like a body suit. Fluids in the body consist of lymph, blood, cerebrospinal fluid as well as other fluids as carriers to help in the transportation, distribution and elimination process. It thereby supports the ability to heal, restore, maintain and regulate the body. Daily water intake is critical to maintaining this process. The act of getting a massage sets up the environment of distribution of fluids by manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues. Toxins are carried through the lymph and blood. Drinking water afterwards facilitates the disbursement and elimination of them.

The average person loses several pints of water a day through exhalation, elimination and evaporation (including sweating). Toxins can accumulate in the body if the transportation of new blood and nutrition is not supplied to the body, which can create long term side effects such as poor performance and health issues. After exercising, lactic acid is excreted, which is a by-product of the waste in the body. Drinking water helps to flush the system.

A lot of times we look at nature or man’s own inventions to mimic a state of health and balance. Reflect on what a mechanic does to your car in order to maintain it efficiently. He runs diagnostics, flushing and changing fluids on a regular basis. After all, you can’t keep the same amount of gas in your car’s tank if you expect to go anywhere. You have to continue to fill the gas tank in order to get where you are going or you run out of gas. Our bodies are engineered much like finely precisioned automobiles. You wouldn’t let sludge build up in your car’s engine for very long before you would notice a difference in performance. Or, consider the example of a dam. If your keep the same amount of water stored up behind it without renewing the source or releasing any of the overflow you would generate stagnation. Drinking water daily creates the opportunity to generate better health and optiminal healing. The environment, diet and lifestyle can all create toxins that can accumulate over time. The practice of daily consumption of water keeps the system flowing. Next time your massage therapist recommends drinking water – Go with the flow!

Cold and Flu Season-Bump up your immune system with massage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

October 21, 2010
Back massage

Andrew Wolfe,LMP preforms back massage.

Harvest is upon us again. It is a time to gather and take in the bounty of our labors. It is also a time of reflection, a time to look within and assess our needs; to take inventory and appreciate what we have. In the medical community and with the reminders in the media, we realize it is also cold and flu season, a time when we can deplete our immune system. When this happens not just the individual suffers but all those around them do also.

As a society we have been informed of communicable diseases and how they are spread. There are many over the counter products as well as pharmaceuticals available to take in order to relieve signs and symptoms of the cold or flu. However, prevention is always the best means of intervening in the disease process. It is the responsibility of the individual to maintain their own health and well-being.
You’ve heard of taking vitamins, eating healthily, drinking plenty of fluids, exercising regularly and getting adequate amounts of sleep. Have you ever thought about the act of getting a massage as a health benefit?

There are health studies , one specifically in the October issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, which found that getting even just one massage boosts your immune system. The study conducted drew blood samples from the test patients prior to and after a massage. One group received a vigorous Swedish massage and another test group were provided light touch massage. This study found that the patients who received the vigorous Swedish massage had a beneficial change in their blood levels, improving their immune system compared to the other group.

Relaxation is not the only benefit of massage therapy. Eliminating toxins is another benefit. Detoxification with massage therapy, is the elimination of toxins and byproducts in the system by way of the lymph and blood through the muscle manipulation and movement of the tissues. Stress, especially when exposed long-term, adversely affects our bodies.

Massage therapy need not be just for those seeking pampering. There is a wider audience than ever before looking at the rehabilitation, disease prevention and maintenance of health through massage therapy. It is a natural and effective means of maintaining health and creating a positive sense of well-being.

Dollar for dollar the time spent in getting a massage from a qualified professional LMT is an extremely economical and health-full way to boost your immune system and maintain vigorous health. Why not schedule a massage today?

 Andrew Wolfe, LMP is a licensed massage practitioner based in Arlington Washington and has 23 years of full-time private practice and can be reached 360-653-4657 or Check out his face book page at

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Andrew Blog Slideshow link for Andrew Wolfe,LMP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy

August 18, 2010

Andrew Blog Slideshow link for Andrew Wolfe,LMP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy.

Andrew Wolfe – Arlington/Smokey Point – massage therapist – Biznik

August 16, 2010

Andrew Wolfe – Arlington/Smokey Point – massage therapist – Biznik.

Reclaiming the body through massage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

July 23, 2010


In the state of trauma, the body, in order to survive, will protect itself. This survival instinct is apart of the evolution and adaptation of humans, regardless if the response is due to a physical threat or not. With nerve fibers to respond with sensations and the brain to release chemicals, to ready our bodies to the physical challenges, we have, within normal perimeters, the tactics to react to stress , trauma or any other perceived threat. If conditioned enough times repetitively without enough processing time for recovery, or in the case of an extended duration, patterns can develop which can be deeply seated into the mind and body. These patterns switch on easily and often trigger the event or events that created the original trauma. Post traumatic stress disorder is a common diagnosis relating to this condition. Developing coping mechanisms is one way in which order to adapt to trauma. 

Isolation, guilt, blame, anxiety, fear and resentment can be a few of the emotional conditions of coping. Often one internalize feelings, resulting in repression, depression and tension in the body. Often times other physical symptoms and/or disorders manifest as well. Other forms of coping can take place forming addictions, attachments, detachments boundary issues, etc. 

Healthy touch reinforces healthy boundaries, especially in the case of physical and sexual abuse. Often times trauma, as yet another coping mechanism, one can remove themselves from feeling and residing in their body. Healthy touch reclaims the body, sending a positive message of self acceptance, embodiment, safety, trust, openness, healthy vulnerability and self love. 

Andrew Wolfe is a holistic Licensed Massage Practitioner in Smokey Point, located in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center , 16410 Smokey Point Blvd Suite 303 Arlington WA 98223 . He owns and operates Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy, currently for 23 years. He can be reached at 360-653-4657.  

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Medical massage and insurance coverage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

April 15, 2010

Andrew Wolfe,L MP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy,Arlington WA

Medical massage therapy is recognized as a health care provision under rehabilitation outpatient coverage under most major medical plans. Specific plan coverage’s vary according to the benefit package your plan and/or employer offer. Medical massage therapy definition is the ability to heal, restore and improve function which was other wise compromised due to illness,injury,disease or surgery. It must be a part of a treatment plan your primary care provider recommends as medically necessary to restore lost function.
Provisions are also given towards motor vehicle accident (PIP)and worker’s compensation-labor and industry (L&I), job injury recovery care claims. Like wise, verification and preauthorization must be met prior to starting care.
The variation of massage therapy are vast, according to the training and experience of the licensed massage therapist. State laws are in place for licensing and certification. Further education and experience on the massage therapists part, when looking for a therapist is always a good consumer judgment call when seeking out care. When injured you should seek out a massage therapist with skill, training and experience compatible with the injuries and sustained ailments that you have. For instance, you would not want to seek out a massage therapist who specializes in spa massage. Injury treatment is specialized and has specific protocol and training, whereas spa massage does not. Insurance companies WILL NOT recognize a “feel good” spa approach as a medical procedure. A consumer should also ask about how is the facility or practice run, what kind of specialized training do they have, what kinds of clinical and/or experience have they have in treating specific dysfunctions. Recommendations from your primary health care provider, local hospitals are a good resource to find an experienced therapist. There is also a number of organizations such as the American Massage Therapy Association that has a referral source of massage therapists available at
For the best results, advocate self-education and consumer awareness. As well as have a proactive approach. Be a willing to participate in your healing and recovery will happen.

This information was supplied by Andrew Wolfe,LMP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy a medical massage therapist with 23 years of local, full-time private practice; since 1987. He has advanced training and clinical hands on experience beyond the industry’s standing, training locally in the Pacific Northwest Washington and in Beijing China in a hospital in May of 1997-1999. He is a preferred medical provider and accepts Aetna,Regence,Uniform Medical and personal injury protection (PIP) auto accident recovery claims and workers compensation and self insured (L&I) work injury claims.
He is located in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center at 16410 Smokey Point Blvd Suite 303 in Arlington WA 98223. Located just off I-5 at exit 206. Facility has wheel chair access, free lighted parking and is on bus route, (which stops in front of building). First of 2 buildings.
You can reach him at 360-653-4657 or e-mail him at
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