Balsamroot Massage is dedicated to providing relief for people suffering from emotional and physical stress.  The practice serves general clients, people who have suffered losses, caregivers, and those who have experienced or are experiencing cancer.  It also specializes in massage for the elderly, for people suffering from dementia, and for hospice clients.  Balsamroot Massage is affiliated with Heritage Health Services of Pocatello.

Susan Swetnam, the founder and therapist for Balsamroot Massage, has personally experienced the comfort that massage can provide in times of despair and grief.  After she lost her husband, ISU English professor and poet Ford Swetnam, to cancer in 2002, Susan experienced deep depression,  severe physical pain, and crippling muscular tightness.  She credits the massage therapy she received in the first eighteen months of grief with helping to save her life.  When Susan retired from her career as an ISU professor in 2013, she entered the massage therapy certificate program at Idaho State University with the aim of offering the same comfort and relief to others facing their own losses.

Balsamroot Massage is dedicated to providing always-customized massages that address clients' physical and emotional circumstances on a given day.  Modalities that might be incorporated range from very gentle Healing and Comfort Touch; to energy modalities like Reiki (Susan has completed Level 2 training); to classic massage modalities like Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Swedish Massage and Myofascial Release; to clinical modalities including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and PNF stretching techniques. 

Balsamroot Massage is located in the lower university district of Pocatello, at 324 S. 5th.  Hours vary.  For an appointment, see the Contact/Let's Talk pop-up link on this website.  Susan may also be reached at, (208) 339-1130, or 234-1649.