Vision & Mission

Whole Body Therapeutics and the Lymphatic Care Clinic were established to provide a compassionate, professional environment for the practice of various health modalities, including massage therapy, reflexology, and manual lymphatic drainage.  It is my goal to support all those who utilize my services to achieve optimal health and well-being.

My Specializations

Welcome!

Thank you for considering Whole Body Therapeutics for your massage therapy and lymphatic care needs.  I believe consistent massage therapy plays an important role in better health and self-care.   For those diagnosed with Lymphedema and/or Lipedema, a full spectrum of care is provided, including manual lymphatic drainage, evaluation of garment options, and education regarding the components of edema management.

Massage Therapy

Whole Body Therapeutics offers advanced massage modalities including Structural Integration, Myofascial Release, Hot and Cold Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Passive Stretching.  The goal of treatment is to relax muscles, relieve tension, and improve circulation.

Reflexology

Reflexology uses a targeted, pressure-point massage to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. The treatment usually focuses on the feet, but it can also include the hands and ears.  This relaxing technique is enhanced by using hot towels and aromatherapy. 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is a gentle pumping massage that moves the lymph fluid through its natural drainage channels that may have been blocked or congested due to toxins, scar tissue or a reduced number of lymph nodes post-surgery.  MLD speeds up the lymphatic system by 10 times its normal rate which allows for rapid reduction in swelling and edema.

About me

Joy Thompson, BS, LMT, CLT, E-RYT is a licensed Massage Therapist, and member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). She holds a B.S. degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California which was granted in 1987.

Joy is a former faculty member of the Academy of Massage Therapy at the Institute of Health; Healing in Newport News, where she taught anatomy physiology, reflexology and adjunctive courses. While teaching, she completed the 505-hour Massage Certification Program in February 2008.

In 2010, she opened Whole Body Therapeutics, LLC in Hampton, VA, to provide holistic and wellness services. In 2016, Joy trained with Carmen Elliott, PTA, CLT-LANA, to become a certified Lymphedema Therapist. She then opened the Lymphatic Care Clinic in Williamsburg, VA to serve those affected by Lymphedema and Lipedema. After seven years, Joy closed her Williamsburg office and now works out of Soulful Journey, LLC, in Newport News. She also has a thriving Lymphedema consultation practice. As someone who is well-acquainted with the “swell” life, Joy is passionate about living well with Lymphedema, and helping others to do the same. Joy is certified by Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, the country’s largest residential yoga center, and is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an experienced teacher. In her spare time, Joy can be found walking at Ft. Monroe, practicing the piano, playing with her rescue cats, or enjoying a home-cooked meal with her husband, Mark.

The Lymphatic System

Meet Your Lymphatic System! The Lymphatic System and the Vascular System operate like a hand and glove. They are located close to one another and what affects one can sometimes also affect the other. The Lymphatic System is a lazy system. Unlike the vascular system, which has the heart to pump blood through the body, the Lymphatic System is open-ended and requires help to perform its various functions. The Lymphatic System is designed to collect excess fluid, proteins, and toxins from your cells and tissues. Lymphatic fluid, much like the turtle in the logo, meanders quite slowly through the body. The rate of movement can be increased and aided by Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).

The Lymphatic System

Meet Your Lymphatic System! The Lymphatic System and the Vascular System operate like a hand and glove. They are located close to one another and what affects one can sometimes also affect the other. The Lymphatic System is a lazy system. Unlike the vascular system, which has the heart to pump blood through the body, the Lymphatic System is open-ended and requires help to perform its various functions. The Lymphatic System is designed to collect excess fluid, proteins, and toxins from your cells and tissues. Lymphatic fluid, much like the turtle in the logo, meanders quite slowly through the body. The rate of movement can be increased and aided by Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).

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