The Center for Integrated Medicine practices a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, pediatric massage and pregnancy massage, to help you feel better, heal faster and experience a greater sense of wellbeing. Massage therapists Angie Herget, LMT, and Haley Hartzell, LMT, work closely with our chiropractors, naturopathic physicians and physical therapist to tailor your treatment program to your unique needs.
When you think of relaxing massage, you’re probably picturing Swedish massage. A Swedish massage therapy session uses therapeutic oils and lotions along with a variety of strokes. The resulting improved circulation brings about greater mental clarity, better flexibility, improved sleep, lower levels of stress, and pain relief.
Although massage is an excellent way to relax, stress relief is only one benefit of massage therapy. In sports massage, the massage therapist utilizes specific techniques to enhance sports performance, decrease pain and swelling caused by sports injury, increase flexibility and speed recovery. Regular sports massage therapy sessions are also effective at preventing injury in the first place.
Deep Tissue Massage
As its name implies, the goal of deep tissue massage is to access the deeper layers of the body to reduce tension. To achieve that deep healing, the massage therapist may use her hands, knuckles and elbows to apply targeted pressure on the body’s trigger points. By working on trigger points, deep tissue massage is able to release areas of chronic stress caused by past injuries, repetitive motion and misalignment.
The Center for Integrated Medicine encourages massage clients to communicate openly with their massage therapist during a deep tissue massage therapy session to prevent excessive discomfort. It is normal to feel some soreness after deep tissue massage. Because the deep tissue work releases toxins from within the body, make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your session to help eliminate those toxins.
Pediatric massage helps reduce anxiety and relieve chronic pain in children of all ages. In a respectful, safe, nurturing environment, the massage therapist works with healthy children as well as with children with special health care needs. The benefits of pediatric massage are many: massage therapy helps children better cope with stress, heal more quickly and completely from injury, and even begin to heal from physical abuse or neglect.
Pregnancy is an exciting, emotional time in a woman’s life—and it can also be physically uncomfortable, to say the least. The drastic physical, emotional and mental changes of pregnancy put the pregnant woman’s body under a great deal of stress.
Pregnancy massage is designed to meet the needs of pregnant women. From reduced joint pain to improved breathing and digestion, pregnancy massage can help relieve the discomfort of pregnancy and make the pregnancy experience more enjoyable for the mother-to-be.
Schedule your massage therapy session today. Call the Center for Integrated Medicine.