Hansville resident provides treatment with a tugboat view.
HANSVILLE — On the road to Point No Point stands a boathouse — fashioned out of a World War II tugboat — that draws much curiosity.
From the port holes to the crow’s nest, the black, white and red tug is home to Kiyoko Weeden, where she lives with her husband and runs her Massage Clinic.
As the second owners of the home, a Jupiter Inlet Seagoing Tug, the Weedens continue to be the attraction of visitors year round, including a special by “Offbeat America” on Home & Garden Television.
“Everyone comes out here and are pulled to this boat,” Weedin said, sitting in her massage clinic, also complete with brass port holes.
Like the tugboat she lives in, Weeden draws visitors of her own accord — those looking for healing through her hands.
Behind her massage table is a large pink and red Japanese wedding Kimono. Red money cats, representing good business, are lined up in a row.
Weeden, who is now 58, was born in Japan and moved to the states as a 21-year-old.
Her studio is decorated with items symbolic to her heritage.
Also in the clinic is Weeden’s favorite decoration, her “assistant” — a model skeleton nicknamed Slim.
“She’s the best assistant in the world,” Weeden laughs as she straps on a pretend sling.
It is obvious Weeden is no stranger to smiles and laughter.
“I am so happy. I love my life,” she said.
Weeden, a master of clinical massage, earned her certification from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Massachusetts in 1999.
She said it has always been her idea for a lifelong trade.
“Touch is so important,” she said, adding her cultural background and family life influenced her decision to practice massage.
“My craft is so intense but I love to see people get well.”
Although most of her clients are doctor-referred, she does accept clients with various diagnoses.
From patients suffering from a migraine or backache to those walking with a limp or limited range of motion, Weeden has massage fixes that decrease soreness and stimulate circulation.
“A lot of people want a very aggressive massage to go right to the sore problem,” she said. “It’s because people are so busy they want a quick fix.”
As lactic acid builds up in the soft tissue of the body, people experience aches.
“People don’t want to move when they are in pain,” she said, adding the only way to get rid of the pain is to get the toxins out by moving or having the body moved by a professional.
“It creates a vicious cycle and that’s why I sometimes call my work torturous treatment,” she said. “It hurts to break that chain but it has to be done before the body can get better.”
The more time clients are able to devote to massage the more gentle the approach is, she said.
But sometimes people don’t want to have to wait three or four sessions for every problem to be worked on.
“About 95 percent of the time, people leave here feeling better,” Weeden said. “But even when they don’t I know they are healing and will get better. Medicinal massages are not supposed to be fufu massages.”
Weeden takes two patients per day and has clients from all over the Puget Sound.
To make an appointment call Weeden at (360) 638-2132.