January 30, 2014


It's been about 3 weeks since my first and only appointment with you. I have been doing my exercises every day. I am ecstatic to announce that I went on a run for the first time, without pain or discomfort after the first 1/4 mile, in about 2 to 2 1/2 years! I have pretty much been a big emotional teddy bear since you fixed my back, which I guess was really my hip, and had tears of joy about 2 mins into my run. And, as I am writing this email I can barely see my screen from just thinking about it. I was so scared to go for a run, and I have been delaying it ever since my appointment for fear of my hip acting up and having to start all over again. Well I am very happy to say that I was wrong and ran 2.2 miles, and then ran straight to my laptop. I was not anywhere near how fast I want to be, but I am just glad to be healthy again. More importantly, I am glad to be happy again!

Your single biggest fan and promoter,

Shawn Grooms

March 27, 2014

This is the best kept secret in the woods of Maine. They offer a wide range of physical therapy, myofascial release and aquatic therapy in a heated pool. For the first time, after many different PT clinics, for lower back pain I am pain free. I would recommend Wild Grace Wellness Center to anyone who is living with pain. The place is extremeley clean and peaceful. The therapists are very educated and skilled individuals, who put your health concerns first and foremost. Give them a try for great results.

Just a patient. Judy Miller

April 3, 2013

For the past two years, I had experienced adhesive capsulitis, commonly called frozen shoulder. First evident in my left shoulder, I received traditional physical therapy which did not seem to help much. Over several months, my left shoulder pain resolved itself. However, this past summer my right shoulder locked up and I encountered excruciating pain even when doing simple, mundane tasks. I tried massage and experienced some relief, but I was still in pain and unable to lie on my right side at night. My days and nights were marked by continuing doses of Aleve.

As luck would have it my neighbor, when told of my travails, shared that her husband had had frozen shoulder and that he went to Wild Grace Wellness Center where his shoulder's range of motion was restored. I elected to give the Wellness Center a try and incredibly, the Myofascial Release Therapy offered there began to yield rapid improvement to my shoulder. After two twice a week sessions, my range of motion was restored and my pain was gone. I now go to the Wellness Center occasionally, when my body needs a "tune up."

I urge anyone with "frozen shoulder" to give Wild Grace Wellness Center a try. It sure worked for me.

Peter Mayo

Bowdoinham, ME

Dear Emily,

When I didn't believe my health could improve, your encouragement pushed me forward. Then with each accomplishment, you excited me with new challenges. When I needed to let my nerves relax, your expertise with Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and Watsu created miracles for me and a feeling of well being occurred.

When I arrived in Maine in September, I couldn't walk without a cane. I couldn't walk from the locker room to the pool without fearing a fall. I endured constant headaches and pain. I had give up hope on positive progress. And while physical therapy is a team experience and everyone has been wonderful, you have made a significant difference in my health and my quality of life. Your gift is one I will always cherish and am eternally grateful for. You are a special person and I will go forward singing your praises in Philadelphia.

Thank You. Hugs!

Kim L. Sauter, Nov. 30, 2010


This next, beautifully written piece is from a Watsu recipient who wishes to remain anonymous. She received her first Watsu session at Wild Grace in January, 2011. Reiki Master Martha Spruce gently and lovingly co-treated.

I'm not sure yet if I can put into words what happened today.

I was so afraid. Afraid of this woman, afraid of the power she held, afraid of letting her hold me.

I could barely look at her initially, as we took a beginning stance and started to breath. At least that's what I was supposed to be doing. The beginning was harsh, not on her end, but on mine. My stomach felt like a rock, my limbs felt like tight coils. But slowly we breathed and slowly she moved me and slowly I began to let go.

She held me gently but firmly and I felt safe in her arms. She held me so gently that at times I barely noticed she was there. She moved carefully, never shocking.

At times I was fully present, feeling the water in my ears, the sun through the window. My worries that I was not relaxed enough alternated with feeling relaxed like I had never been before.

I heard some soft sounds under the water...her breath, a sigh, a tummy rumble, and I thought it was like being with the whales. A beautiful thing....

I felt at times that I really was in the ocean, free of care, free of fear.

I wanted images and colors; I wanted those things I have come to depend on lately to tell me that spirit is working. But aside from a brief and distant vision of my grandmother, there was nothing.

I am learning that spirit doesn't always work with pictures, colors, movies. Sometimes spirit works without the bells and whistles, and it is only afterwards that we are aware of it.

I felt Martha at my feet, Emily at my head. They worked together, flowing, holding, and stretching.

I felt them on either side of me.

The feeling of being surrounded, guided, and protected by these two incredible women was overwhelming.

They each took an arm, and stretched. I was open and vulnerable, but completely secure.

I was no longer separate. I was accepted. There was no fear anymore.

I felt an invitation to move forward in my spirit.

Martha moved away, and Emily took over again; more stretching, holding, and kneading. This time I am freer, I move more easily. I am held safely against her chest, facing out, her cheek resting against mine. It is so tender I want to cry. I am scrunched together, unfolded. Safety. Then release.

I suddenly feel my feet being planted on the bottom of the pool, wobbly like jelly. My back is against the side of the pool, but I don't want to come back yet.

Martha is there again, wrapping my arm around her side, unfolding my fingers, head next to mine. Emily is on the other side, hand on my forehead, on my chest.

I am surrounded once again, and grief raises its head briefly to allow itself to be comforted.

In a few minutes, I get out of the pool, but before I do, I dunk myself to smooth my hair. It seems appropriate, for this really was a baptism.

I feel joyous, renewed, strong, and brave. I feel ready to move forward, to leave the old behind, and embrace the new. I feel ready to take my place among these amazing women around me and ready to discover my purpose.

Thank you, Abba, for this experience. Thank you Emily, for helping me face my biggest fears. Thank you for what you do, for your gentle touch and loving heart. Thank you Martha for believing in me and seeing what I couldn't. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. May I move forward and make you all proud.

I am excited about my life. I am excited about the possibilities. I am proud tonight to be a woman and to witness the healing potential that we hold for others.

August 6, 2009

Emily Estes is a gifted therapist with a magic touch and a temperament that encourages you to help yourself achieve success throughout the healing process. I was born with a congenital spine disorder and now have spinal stenosis as well and consequently in great pain. With no drugs or surgery and with her help I am pain free and have a plan to stay that way. She is the consummate professional and I am so thankful to have met her.

Rick Tetrev

Woolwich, Maine