Before moving to the Rogue Valley in 2004 from Colorado, Philip Whitmore, owner of Siskiyou Massage Clinic at 246 4th Street (across from the Peerless in Ashland), had already received more than twice the training as an orthopedic/medical massage practitioner than was required in Oregon.
"I had great teachers and I was very motivated to learn from them," Philip said. "I also had a busy massage practice in Boulder before I left. When I started my practice in Ashland, I feel like I had a bit of a leg up due to my experience in Colorado."
In 2010, Philip and his wife bought an old house on Gibson Street here in Talent. "We love the neighborhood and we love living in downtown Talent," he said. "Talent meets our needs and fits our lifestyles very nicely. It's peaceful like we like it. I was raised in Colorado, my wife in Michigan and we met in the funky town of Nederland, Colorado. Nederland is a great town but has a growing season of about a week and a half. That and the fact that you can get sunburned 360 days out of the year are two reasons we're here."
Philip's an avid mountain biker and loves to trail run, camp and travel. "I'm in my mid 40s and believe the key to my health is surrounding myself with healthy people and receiving good bodywork."
Soon after moving to the Rogue Valley 2004, Philip first leased a space at the new Morningstar Healing Arts building in Ashland and became quite busy.
"As an orthopedic/medical massage practitioner, I worked within a particular niche that needed more practitioners to fill. After a short while, I was booked up for 6 to 12 months out. I felt blessed to have work, but it wasn't an ideal situation. Due to my schedule being full, I was not able to see new clients and I was not able to work with injured clients. There was a large population who were having a difficult time finding the kind of bodywork they were looking for."
Thus was born the Siskiyou Massage Clinic in March 2009.
"I created an environment and opportunity to attract the best therapists in the valley to work out of one location," Philip said. "Siskiyou Massage is an asset to our community because it makes it easy and safe for the public to find the most effective bodyworkers all under the same roof. In short, my goal in opening our clinic was to help find clients for experienced massage therapists and to find excellent massage therapists for the public. We literally have a century of experience combined and have worked with thousands and thousands of clients.
"Some clients come to us for relaxation while many others come with a particular goal in mind, such as overcoming pain or a postural imbalance," Philip said. "We keep in close communication with referring healthcare practitioners, sending them regular status reports and making the process of receiving prescriptions very easy for our clients."
With so many experienced therapists on staff, the list of modalities offered is long, from deep tissue relaxation and sports massage to pre- and post-natal, myofascial release, and Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques.
They also believe in education for empowerment, using their website as an education tool and post explanations of different forms of bodywork, articles on stretches and strengthening, and have regular blog posts as well. "Our therapists will often draw upon their particular training experience to help their clients even further with suggestions on ways to improve their health," Philip said.
"Our clinic is comfortable, calm and is filled with unique art and plants; it's a treat to visit. Clients can expect consistently excellent massages from anyone working at our clinic. We are located on 4th St. across from the Peerless Hotel and in the neighborhood of Noble Coffee. We are in a unique building that has been in the healing arts for decades. A happy staff in a happy environment makes for a palpable friendliness and caring environment."
For more information or to set up an appointment, call 541-488-6757. You can also visit their website at SiskiyouMassage.com and/or "like" them on Facebook.