Healing arts on the barge

As if therapeutic massage and traditional Chinese acupuncture weren’t healing to mind and body on their own, they are even more so with the sound of lapping waves and sparkles of sunshine on the water.

Since May, Daniel Cashman and his wife Wanda have been operating a satellite version of their business, Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts (SAMMA) on the barge at the Point Roberts Marina every Friday.

In Seattle the Cashmans operate a 3,200-square-foot facility that offers massage, esthetics, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, traditional herbal medicine and martial arts training. They see thousands of patients, mostly seniors looking for relief from chronic conditions.

“We’ve proven this concept is a great combination and I’m looking to expand,” Daniel said. “On a whim we came down here and sort of fell in love with the idea. The next thing you know we were seeing patients.”

A graduate of Bastyr University with a masters degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, Daniel is a licensed practitioner of East Asian medicine and a nationally board certified acupuncturist. One of his specialties is Tui Na, a vigorous Chinese sports massage. Wanda is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician. Both of them are marital arts practitioners. “It’s been the defining thing in my life so if there is any interest here I’d be happy to do that as well,” Daniel said.

The first thing a new patient can expect is a conversation and a thorough health history. “We develop an assessment of whatever concerns you have and develop a plan,” he said. “We have a lot of tools we can use,” including herbal remedies from his extensive loose herb pharmacy in Seattle. “Chinese medicine is really about herbs. We are an herbal medicine that happens to have some needles,” he said.

The fundamental theory in Chinese traditional medicine is that disease is caused by an imbalance in your body’s energies. “What we are trying to do is bring balance back.” The techniques the Cashmans use are complementary, he said, and they frequently combine them in one visit.

For an appointment, call 206/363-0471.

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