Welcome to Whole Being Massage, a massage practice dedicated to supporting your health and well-being through holistic, personalized bodywork.
We are a diverse group of bodyworkers from different backgrounds with a shared passion for making a difference in the lives of our clients, a deep curiosity about the workings of the human body, and a commitment to exploring new modalities and refining our skills and knowledge.
We help our clients manage chronic pain and stress, recover from accidents and injuries, and perform at their highest level in sports and everyday activities.
Regular massage can be a cornerstone of self-care and a catalyst for making positive changes in your life. Massage has been shown to help lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, increase serotonin and endorphins, promote deeper breathing and better sleep, improve immune function, foster a positive body image, and accelerate post-workout and injury recovery.
We feel there has never been a better time to experience the benefits of massage therapy.
Where It All Began
Gwen and Jason have been partners in love and life since 2012 and navigating business together since 2014, when Gwen started her own massage practice, with Jason as her webmaster, graphic designer, and emotional support person.
In 2017, we made the huge leap of moving with our two kids, then seven and nine, across state lines from California to Oregon to make a new life for our family. It was then that Jason decided to take the plunge and go to massage school, a possibility that had been in the back of his mind for years. Meanwhile, Gwen traversed the ups and downs of starting her practice over from scratch in a new place. In 2019, Jason joined the practice officially as a licensed massage therapist and we opened our own studio later that year.
In the summer of 2020, amidst local and global upheaval, the winds of change blew us here to Boise, Idaho, where we’re very happy to be putting down roots. We love the river, biking the Green Belt, the beautiful skies, the big parks and trees, the safe and friendly downtown, and the abundant backpacking and camping opportunities nearby.
We opened our studio here in December of 2020. In July 2021, we finally tied the knot and solidified our partnership. At the end of 2021, we were blessed with the opportunity to expand our studio and grow our team.
We are incredibly grateful for the love and support we have felt here in the Treasure Valley and we look forward to serving the community for years to come.
We strive to improve the quality of our clients’ lives through holistic, personalized bodywork. We believe in investing in personal health and well-being as a starting point for positive change, both individually and on a larger scale. We do our best to meet each client where they are, hold a welcoming and accepting space, and address each person’s specific needs and goals. We pride ourselves on being the most caring and professional therapists we can be and wish to help as many people as possible here in Boise, Idaho.
Meet Your Practitioners
LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2015 when I graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City. My training included Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, trigger point, and craniosacral.
I’m an Idaho native who loves nature and meditation for restoring the mind and body. I have always had a passion for helping others reach their health and healing goals.
My style of body work is very intuitive and holistic, taking care of your whole being. Whether you desire a relaxing massage, want to work on long term injuries and trauma, or are in need of prenatal or postpartum treatments, I can meet you wherever you are in your journey to be your best self.
ASIAN BODYWORK PRACTITIONER
I have been fascinated by the ancient arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine since I took my first Tai Chi class in 1985 and I have been working as a professional bodyworker since 2001.
In 1985, I started studying and teaching Tai Chi. My teacher, Donald Payne, showed me an acupressure chart and I began the journey of Traditional Chinese Medicine Bodywork. I took the basic and advanced courses from 2001 to 2004 at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA. I also studied Reiki I, II, and III at Full Circle Reiki in Paradise, CA; Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute; Hands of Light (Amorah Quan Yin) at Hands of Light Therapy in Mt. Shasta, CA; Qi Gong and Tai Chi with several different teachers; and various Eastern and Western modalities at the Idaho School of Massage Therapy.
I custom blend the many modalities I have studied to offer Integrative Asian Bodywork. My goal is to enhance my clients’ well-being by harmonizing Mind, Body, and Spirit.
My favorite job as a bodyworker was working at an idyllic hot spring once used by native tribes. Wilbur Hot Springs features a hotel resort built in 1865 and is located in the middle of nowhere in Northern California. I have also worked with two acupuncturists, a chiropractor, and had a private practice in Paradise, CA.
I was raised in a very small desert town called Beaumont (Beautiful Mountain). The weather was very similar to the Treasure Valley and living here brings back memories of frozen birdbaths in the backyard and windy days that blew me sideways on my bicycle while delivering newspapers.
In high school, I had the life-changing and enriching experience of living with a Peruvian family as a foreign exchange student. During my college years, I traveled to eight European countries and then back to Peru to visit my Peruvian Familia. I also traveled to the Amazon jungle in Columbia, Tiahuanaco in Bolivia, then to the pyramids of the Aztecs and Mexico City. Following this, I taught Spanish, English as a Second Language, and Mathematics for ten years. I was also a Boy Scout leader for 11 years and enjoyed all the outdoor adventures.
In 1979, my family and I moved to the small, forested town of Paradise, CA, where my wife, Patty, started a pre-school, including a mini-farm with goats, chickens, and rabbits, and I started Paradise Surplus and Trading Post, a store that sold imports from around the world – camping gear, army surplus, Mexican and Korean blankets, beads, crystals, incense, and much more. Paradise Surplus and Trading Post were run by the family for 39 years.
After 23 years of fruitful marriage, Patty died at 43 years old from diabetes. I met another wonderful being, Sparky, and we now count 25 loving, adventurous years together. Between her three sons, my three kids, and other step-kids, I helped Sparky raise eight children. We homeschooled them and they graduated from our own high school, Apple Ridge High. She has been “Mom” to 11 kids. We now have 11 at home, including our daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. My Tai Chi teacher always said, “Family First,” and family has been my most precious treasure.
On November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire in Paradise burned the whole town, including the family store, my bodywork studio, and my family’s home. Fortunately, all members of the family of 12 – plus two dogs, two exotic birds, four parakeets, and a cat – got out alive, driving through the flames. The best part is, the family moved here to live near family already in Boise. Presently, I am teaching Spanish again at Peace Valley Charter School in Boise – and I continue to do Integrative Asian Bodywork.
My other passions are harmonica, banjo, bike riding, Nordic skiing, and playing with our pets – two dogs, a macaw, a loud cockatoo, 16 chickens, and two bearded dragons.
Gwen Low-Ardiles, LMT
LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
CERTIFIED SARGA BODYWORK PRACTITIONER
I have been a professional bodyworker since 2006, when I graduated from the Providence Institute in Tucson, AZ. My training there included Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Prenatal, and Sports Massage, as well as some CranioSacral and Zen Shiatsu. I have since learned Advanced Muscle Reconditioning, studied considerations for Pediatric Massage, and am a lifelong student of Breema Bodywork. In 2018, I became certified in Sarga Bodywork – deep, restorative, myofascial barefoot bodywork – and I love bringing this unique healing experience to clients for the first time. I recently discovered a new passion in working with the lymphatic system and I now offer Lymph Drainage Therapy and am enrolled in the Certified Lymphatic Therapist program through the Chikly Institute.
My signature style of bodywork is a unique blend of modalities, brought together with my own intuitive understanding of the body. I have a background in dance, yoga, martial arts, and qigong, and the sense of movement, flow, energy, and balance I have gained from these disciplines informs my work as well. I find great healing and inspiration in nature and hope to bring this feeling of deep peace and stillness to my clients through my touch and presence.
I enjoy doing all types of massage, from nurturing relaxation massage to very deep focused work. I specialize in doing effective therapeutic work in a surprisingly gentle way. I have worked with clients of all ages and from all walks of life, from young children to elders, from professional athletes to those dealing with chronic pain or recovering from accidents or surgery. As a mother of two, I love giving massages to mamas, from pregnancy on.
I feel massage is a wonderful and necessary support for everyone in this day and age. My goal is to welcome you and support you as a whole person wherever you happen to be on your life path.
Jason Ardiles, LMT
LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
I’m a massage therapist trained in many modalities, from Swedish and Thai massage to specific deep tissue and stretching techniques. I specialize in working with musicians and athletes to treat and prevent injuries, but I enjoy working with all types of people.
I was first drawn to bodywork when I was 12 years old and I saw massage give relief to my mother who was struggling with a chronic cough and backache. Since then, I’ve always had massage therapy in the back of my mind as a career choice, even as I pursued my passion for music. Being married to Gwen and seeing, over the years, her ability to help people, while using her creativity and intuition, inspired me further and gave me the confidence to finally go to massage school.
I have a passion for learning new techniques and am drawn to a variety of modalities from different cultures, such as Shiatsu and Thai massage, as well as Western clinical modalities, like Active Isolated Stretching. I bring the intuition I’ve honed during my years as a musician, along with a commitment to personal growth and creativity, and a natural sense of empathy and caring for others.
My goal is for my clients to not only leave feeling better than they walked in that day but also to see long-term improvement in their physical health and performance.