Who We Are
We are a collaborative team of experts, constantly learning and growing so we can better help you. Our founders evolved their combined 40+ years of expertise with the latest soft tissue therapies & understanding to create our Advanced Massage & Muscle Therapy, a method blending sports, medical, movement, stress-reduction and relaxation therapies together. The Turning Point approach is to absorb what is useful and reject what is not, creating a style of massage therapy that is truly more effective.
Turning Point therapists are artists, using evidence-based tools & techniques and adding their own style to transcend the science. We are committed to improving, growing our art and incorporating the latest and greatest methods. While we each may have a different focus or specialty, we all operate from a common framework and philosophical approach.
We have both worked with a diverse range of quality-conscious clients, from corporate executives to amateur/professional athletes such as Crossfit athletes/trainers, fitness professionals, soccer players, tennis players, mountain bikers, triathletes, dancers, circus performers, basketball players, martial artists, swimmers, hockey players, gymnasts, track & field athletes, ultimate frisbee teams, skiers, and more.
Founders Dee and Mike Wolnick have over 40 years of combined experience in massage therapy. Dee and Mike owned and operated Spa Solace, the amenity spa at the Westin Palo Alto and Sheraton Palo Alto hotels from 2001 to 2004 before finding their calling in more corrective, problem-solving massage work.
Meet the Team
Mike Wolnick, MBA, is a co-founder and has been a massage therapist since 1998 - also is a graduate from the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA. Prior to his massage training, he was extensively involved in athletics including soccer, competitive swimming, and mixed martial arts - injuries from which led him to become a therapist himself. Mike has worked in private practice, high-end hotels, chiropractic offices, corporate onsite, spa ownership, and has directed the massage program at Carrington College California from 2004-2015. He has an MBA from Keller Graduate School.
Mike is a Master Massage Therapist and developer of the Turning Point Method.
Iria "Dee" Wolnick
Iria "Dee" Wolnick is a co-founder of Turning Point Wellness. She has been a massage therapist since 1999, a graduate of the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA. Prior to her massage training, Dee was active in the health and beauty field and attended cosmetology school. She has worked in a wide variety of professional environments including high-end hotel massage, private practice, spa ownership, spa service training, office management, and related customer service fields. She has also taught Zumba classes and been a birth coach.
Dee is a Master Massage Therapist and developer of the Turning Point Method.
Mae joined TPW as an intern while she was in massage school at Carrington College and has been working with us part-time ever since. Now she’s committed her full efforts to TPW and to you! She enjoys her kick-boxing classes and specializes in pregnancy massage, strong deep tissue work, general maintenance massage, and relaxation therapy.
Mae is an Advanced Massage Therapist at Turning Point Wellness.
Our most recent addition, Tim is an avid runner and loves to work with other runners and athletes and the problems they bring - plantar fasciitis, ITB tightness, shin splints, rotator cuff problems, and the like. Don‘t let that fool you though, he likes to work on it all and has an interest in oncology massage as well. He’s expanded his knowledge after his time at NHI with an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy program to develop his expertise in treating trigger points and chronic pain.
Tim is an Advanced Massage Therapist at Turning Point Wellness.
What We Do
We love it when you ask us what we do.
You want to get better. We help you get better. Period.
Better performance, better function, better quality of life.
Less pain, less injury, and less “I feel old”.
We reduce your pain and improve your function. We help you cross the finish line or get back in the action.
We engage you in your healing process. We’ve got the right tools and knowhow to get you there. We work with your body, not on it and adapt techniques to meet your needs.
As one of our clients put it, “it’s more than just massage”. Advanced Massage & Muscle Therapy is the blend of the best techniques to target your specific problems. If you want to geek out a little on methodology, here’s to you!
Trigger Point Therapy
Did you know that 75-85% of soft tissue pain is due to Trigger Points? These little buggers are a special kind of knot in a muscle that cause you all manner of grief & pain. They can be the source of your mysterious, achy, nagging pain & they almost always make other problems worse too! When you overuse or abuse a muscle or when you immobilize or posturally challenge a muscle, you’re asking for trigger points! They weaken your muscles, limit your movement, can send pain to distant locations (rubbing there won’t help!), mimic other conditions & can be a devil to find when you don’t know what you’re looking for. They won’t go away on their own either (just turn off and wait to turn on again). The good news is that, with our expertise, trigger points can become a thing of your past!
As an athlete, you need your body to perform at your peak & sports massage optimizes your general performance & the specific structures & functions for your sport. The more intense your training & conditioning, the more recovery activity you need to prevent injury & deconditioning – sports massage is an important part of that recovery. Your needs vary with your training & competition schedule, so we adapt your sports therapy to your needs at the time of service – whether it is event prep, recovery, training & maintenance, or rehab. Sports Massage is an essential ingredient to your athletic success & many top athletes’ performance. Sports Massage FTW!
Your muscles (myo-) and the connective tissue (-fascia) that surrounds, penetrates, & connects those muscles are the primary organs of movement. Myofascial Release (MFR) is a specialized technique that targets tension & restriction in your myofascia to normalize movement & reduce dysfunction & pain. Some MFR techniques warm up your tissue to make it more pliable for the short-term while other slow, gentle, sustained stretches release your structure for lasting effect.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) & Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
It’s magic! While quite a mouthful, MET/PNF techniques address your pain & dysfunctional movement patterns. All movement & tension in your body is directed by your nervous system & MET/PNF helps to reset your system – how your brain & muscles are talking to each other, reduce painful feedback, & re-pattern your movement. Precise movements & resistance exercises engage and/or disengage your muscles to create the desired effects. MET/PNF may melt your problem away like magic.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
NMT focuses on rebalancing the tension & contraction in your soft tissues – forces that imbalance your joints, cause you pain, and limit your mobility. NMT works with your muscles, connective tissue (tendons, ligaments…) & neurological controls over your movement & tension. It’s impossible to move well or maintain proper posture with restricted structure, dysfunctional movement patterns, or when your brain is actively working against you!
Cupping / Myofascial Decompression
In contrast to most other massage techniques, cupping decompresses your tissues & creates space between layers rather than compressing them. These tools allow us to do more than we can with hands and fingers alone & are a great complement to our myofascial therapies. You may have seen dark, purple cup marks on athletes in the Olympics. The discoloration is not bruising, but more like a hickey – & is cosmetic & temporary. Cupping is useful for reducing your inflammation & stagnation, freeing your stuck tissues & reducing your pain.
Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
We know it’s a mouthful. IASTM uses specialized steel tools to realign your connective tissue with a specific, narrow-focused pressure. While Graston is the most famous style, it is only part of this greater collection of techniques. IASTM is great for breaking down your deeply-rooted scar tissue so your body can repair itself in a better, more functional alignment.
You’ve probably seen it on athletes, but kinesiotaping is far different from the immobilizing white tape you might be familiar with. Kinesiotape actually supports your movement instead of restricting it. It can be used for reducing your pain and/or swelling, improving your posture, guiding your movement, or improving your sports performance. It doesn’t hurt that it makes you look cool too. It was all over athletes at the last Olympics because it works. We use and sell Rock Tape.
Lymphatic Facilitation (LF) is focused on healing & drainage by assisting your body’s process of fluid removal. While very subtle, this technique is extremely effective in reducing your swelling following traumatic injury or surgery – some studies demonstrate a 50% decrease in time to heal! This technique is unlike any other form of massage & must be extremely light to properly engage your delicate lymphatic structures under your skin. It can also be taught for you to do at-home for even better outcomes.
Orthopedic / Medical Massage (OMM)
Medical Massage or Orthopedic Massage is soft-tissue treatment prescribed for you by a physician. OMM focuses on your functional and symptomatic improvement through assessment, treatment, and reassessment. Advanced knowledge in anatomy, physiology, & movement is applied. OMM is less a specific set of techniques as it is a methodology about their application and combines various techniques to accomplish your therapeutic goals. The techniques themselves are not unique, but the bodywork is performed in the greater context of integrated healthcare, perhaps at the direction of the doctor. A prescription denotes “medical necessity” and is required for insurance reimbursement (never guaranteed) or utilization of FSA/HSA plans, but may or may not be needed for rehab following a car accident. We provide do not directly bill insurance, but provide a superbill for you to use for reimbursement. Always check with your insurance carrier for eligibility prior to scheduling.
Ahhh, the classic standby in massage. Swedish is a holistic, general massage treatment and is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think “massage”. Swedish is a foundation style focused on your whole body connections, relaxation, general loosening, and it just feels good!
Based out of acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu is a Japanese method of finger pressure that focuses on the energy of your body, or Chi, that flows in meridians. Modern research shows over 75% correlation between acupoints & trigger points & also a high correlation with the soft-tissue meridians used to transmit motion through your body. Stimulating parts of the meridian affect the whole & can also influence distant areas. Asian medicine adds a new dimension to health through its integration of mind-body therapies.
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) & Facilitated Stretching
Stretching is both simple & complicated & that’s why you’ve probably heard a lot of conflicting methods & opinions. It is important to stretch without engaging your protective reflexes that can be counterproductive while at the same time not over-stretching so as to cause damage. AIS is a very effective method using repeated contract/stretch cycles. PNF and static/dynamic stretching all have different roles and applications in supporting your flexibility, strength, and functional movement. Let us guide you as to the hows, whys, and whens of stretching – both in -session and on your own.
Positional Release (PR) & Strain-Counterstrain
PR works to reset the tension in your muscles by influencing the stretch/tension receptors in your muscles and tendons. By placing your muscle into its position of greatest “ease”, it reduces tension stimulus and gives your muscle permission to relax. Generally, we incorporate these techniques into the context of a larger session rather than a standalone technique.