Holistic Integrative Massage Therapy

Many people think of massage as a simple, feel good experience. But research shows that massage can be a vital part of healing for many injuries or health conditions. We are pleased to offer both Therapeutic Medical Massage and Relaxation experiences. You do not need to know which is right for you. Just schedule your appointment, talk with your massage therapist, and with your input, she will assemble the best massage treatment for you.

Here are a few of the types of massage you can experience at our holistic health center.

Swedish Body Massage

Gentle but firm, these long strokes help relax every muscle of the body. Particularly good for soothing muscular tension and aches and pains. Given as a full body massage, this is the foundation of most massage therapy training.

Aromatherapy Massage

Fusing massage with aromatic essential oils creates a unique experience. Aromatherapy massage calms mind, body and soul and is particularly good for conditions involving stress or emotionally-related concerns. After the consultation, one or more essential oils are selected based on your needs and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion. The subtle aroma of the essential oils fills the air around you during the massage. How does aromatherapy massage work?

The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system which controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. As you inhale the aromas, information is transmitted to the limbic system and affects heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.

Myofascial Release

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® is safe, gentle and effective.

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds your muscle, bones and organs. This connective tissue can become restricted due to injury, inflammation, surgery or lack of movement and is often overlooked in physical therapy, stretching or traditional massage. Myofascial Release will safely and gently release the entire myofascial complex for authentic healing.

Chair Massage

Chair massage is a great option for people who need a short massage break, cannot lie down, or are on a tight budget. Performed on a specially designed chair with a supportive breast plate and face cradle, the therapist can focus on the back, shoulders and neck.

Craniosacral Therapy

This gentle, hands-on approach was pioneered by John Upledger, Osteopathic physician. Craniosacral therapy releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using touch that is about the weight of a nickel, the therapist releases restrictions in the tissues that surround the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy is used in prevention as well as in a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Terry applying deep tissue and integrative massage therapy

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Deep Tissue Massage

We do not offer traditional deep tissue massage. We have found that deep tissue massage is often hard on the therapist and the client. In our culture, we have been trained that the deeper the pressure the better the result. However, people can be injured using this approach and we find that using a friendly relationship with the muscles and nervous system, the therapist can work quite deeply without potentially harmful pressure.

Who is massage for?

Most anyone can benefit from massage. There are, however, a few exceptions. In these situations, massage is not recommended:

  • Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • Immediately after surgery
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • When prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are trained in massage during pregnancy.
  • Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Craniosacral therapy with Terry Pharo


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