Thank you for 13 years! – GardenWalk to close May 12

Dear Clients, Neighbors and Friends of GardenWalk Massage Therapy,

Thank you for over 13 years of business!

After 13 years in Lafayette Square, including 11 years in our current location, owning a commercial building and managing a business with multiple therapists,  I am making a choice to focus on what I’m best at and enjoy most…working one-on-one with clients to help them feel their best.

I will be closing GardenWalk, and I’m excited to share that I will be moving my massage practice to SOMA Therapeutic Massage at Shenandoah and Compton, just 2 miles from our current location.  SOMA is a quiet, client-focused massage therapy business similar to GardenWalk in ambiance and approach, so I expect it will be a comfortable transition for my current clients and a welcoming location for new clients.

Our last day of massage at GardenWalk will be Friday, May 12.  We will continue business at GardenWalk over the next 10 weeks as we make this transition.  If you have a GardenWalk gift certificate, please try to redeem it before the end of April.  If you have given a gift certificate as a gift, you may want to notify the recipient.  After May 12, GardenWalk gift certificates will be redeemable only with me at SOMA.  If you are unable to redeem, please contact me directly to request a refund.

The other massage therapists at GardenWalk will be moving to locations that are mostly nearby, and their contact info is below.  Please feel free to contact your therapist directly to schedule with them while still at GardenWalk and/or to follow them to their new location.

And please visit me at SOMA!  SOMA’s website,, will be updated soon to include online scheduling for me and the range of new services being offered there.  You may also contact me directly at 314-255-9888 or

I plan to sell the building.  It is being listed with Rome West Realty.

Please contact Susan Sauer or Alexia Anderson for information or to schedule a viewing.

Susan Sauer, 314-660-0222 cell,

Alexia Anderson, 314-540-3626,

The sale flyer is here:

This building has been a wonderful location for our quiet business and could also make an excellent residential conversion for someone looking for a one-story home in Lafayette Square.  Please share with anyone you know who might be interested in this great property.

Selling the building and simplifying my massage practice in this way will also create more time for me to pursue my creative interests in art, writing and music.  As many of you know, I have been painting for a few years and officially launched my art business in 2016.  Please visit and sign up to follow where I’m headed with that endeavor!  I’ll be updating the art website soon to include an online shopping experience, but for now, if you are interested in originals, prints, or commissioning abstract acrylic paintings, please call or email me at

With the sale of the building, I will be giving up all the great wall space where I’ve been showing a lot of my work.  So, before the building sale, I’ll be hosting an art open house, to showcase my originals and hopefully help clear some of my inventory.  Please join me on Saturday, April 8 from 6-11pm for an evening of wine, snacks, live music and art, and to celebrate this exciting transition!

It has been an absolute pleasure to provide healing massage in Lafayette Square all these years.   It’s been a life dream come true to run a successful small business, and for that I owe great thanks to you, our clients, neighbors and friends.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support, and I’ll look forward to seeing you at SOMA and around town.

-Lisa Young, Licensed Massage Therapist

Owner, GardenWalk Massage Therapy

1128 South 18th Street, St. Louis, MO  63104


GardenWalk Massage Therapists’ Contact Information:

Lisa Young,,  314-255-9888

Julie Bagsby  314-660-1498

Katie Young Selsor,, 314-737-2561, 1740 Chouteau, Suite 100, 63103

Trish Standberry,,  314-580-5294

Dave Simmons,, 314-520-6674, 1740 Chouteau, Suite 100, 63103

Dennis Frank,,  314-307-8689


Shy or Self-Conscious? Try clothed massage!

As massage therapists, we appreciate working with clients with all body types, sizes, shapes, and levels of health.  Part of our job is to help our clients feel as comfortable as possible while they are with us, and we do our best to put our clients at ease.  But we understand that everyone has a different level of modesty, and many people are shy or self-conscious about their bodies.  Often, this keeps people from ever receiving massage in the first place.

Or maybe you’ve had massages before, but on a particular day or during a certain time of your life, you’re feeling a bit more vulnerable, and would rather not disrobe to receive a massage.   Did you know that you can receive a healing massage session while fully clothed?

While Swedish massage usually includes lotion or oil, and gliding movements applied directly to the skin, similar techniques can be used without lotion or oil to massage your face, neck, scalp, hands, arms and feet while you are clothed.   And there are many other techniques, such as friction, pressure point work (working on specific knots of tension), rocking, compression, energy work, and stretching, that can be used very effectively through your clothing.

You can benefit from most of the same health benefits as with a traditional Swedish massage, such as relaxation, enhanced immunity, better circulation, and pain relief.  And you won’t experience any of the anxiety that might otherwise accompany getting a traditional massage.

So don’t let discomfort about disrobing keep you from enjoying the benefits of massage.  Request a clothed massage, and start feeling better right away!  (Please mention this when you schedule.  Thanks!)

Massage for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Through the years, I’ve worked with many clients who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis and related conditions.  Massage usually provides them with some immediate pain relief, and sometimes makes a very positive impact on their ongoing pain management.

Some Rheumatologists are now recommending massage as an additional treatment, and some even write prescriptions for massage.  While GardenWalk doesn’t bill direct to insurance, we can provide receipts to clients with prescriptions, who can usually get their appointments reimbursed.  Please call us if we can help you manage your RA.

-Lisa Young, LMT, Owner, GardenWalk

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Massage Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

I see more and more clients these days who are suffering with autoimmune diseases.  From rheumatoid arthritis to Type I diabetes, to a wide array of conditions with lesser-known names.  In most cases, these conditions cause significant inflammation, pain, and extreme fatigue, along with a whole host of symptoms that can range from irritating to debilitating.  There is no current cure for autoimmune diseases, and treatment is often a steroid that creates uncomfortable and disheartening side-effects.

Massage can often help by decreasing inflammation, loosening bound-up tissues, increasing circulation, boosting energy, and creating a general sense of well-being that many autoimmune patients may not have felt for quite some time.  For many clients facing the day-to-day stress of living with an autoimmune condition, massage is their most reliable form of relief.

If you or someone you love is living with an autoimmune disease and would be interested in massage, please let us know.  Talk with your doctor first about whether massage is acceptable for your specific diagnosis, and then give us a call.  You can reach us at the main number 314-588-8266, or you can talk with me directly at 314-255-9888.  Let’s see what we can do to help you feel better!

-Lisa Young, Licensed Massage Therapist & Owner of GardenWalk

Use your FSA to pay for massage

Did you know that for certain medical conditions, a Flexible Spending Account can be used to pay for massage?  Also, while we don’t do any direct billing to insurance at GardenWalk, we can always provide you with receipts that you can send to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.  Check with your FSA plan, your doctor, and your insurance company if you think you might qualify, and then let us know when you come in.

Massage can lead to healing on many levels

The way we practice massage therapy at GardenWalk is about so much more than working out muscle tension and encouraging relaxation.   In times of high anxiety, stress and mourning, we are a safe place that promotes healing on many levels.  Just an hour of quiet in a calm space focused on peace and wellness can sometimes make all the difference.   Please let us know if we can help you or a loved one get scheduled for a session with one of our caring therapists.     314-588-8266

Thank you,
-Lisa Young, Owner of GardenWalk
314-255-9888 (cell)

Medical Benefits of Massage

This is a helpful news story on the health benefits of massage therapy.  Most of GardenWalk’s therapists practice a combination of Swedish massage and what the doctor here refers to as “neuromuscular massage…truly therapy…getting into areas where muscle tension is held most tightly, working to release that muscle tension, and thereby reducing inflammation.” Also some good discussion about the long-term benefits of getting massages regularly.  We’re here to help you feel your best.  Call to schedule an appointment or visit the “Book an Appointment” page of our website to schedule your own appointment online.  Here’s to your health!