Massage Therapy

When clients are struggling with anxiety, depression or chronic stress, the toll impacts the body as much as the mind. Physical symptoms, such as pain, muscle tension, and headaches are common byproducts of these issues, making it that much more challenging to address the underlying cause and effectively manage the condition. The intensive outpatient program at Avalon Integrative Wellness is designed to treat mental health concerns holistically, taking the mind, body, and spirit into account. To achieve that end, we offer services like massage therapy to our clients to help address the physical discomfort often associated with these conditions.

Massage therapy offers a variety of techniques that address everything from sore muscles to chronic stress. Our therapists are trained to assess the specific needs of each of our clients to ensure the treatment is appropriate and effective. When symptoms are relieved, clients are better equipped to address underlying issues of mental health conditions and discover successful outcomes from their IOPs overall.

What does Massage Therapy Treat?

Massage therapy is a useful tool in promoting both physical and mental health. Physical symptoms relieved by this treatment include:

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Muscle tension
  • Recurring headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis conditions
  • Repetitive motion injuries

Massage is also useful in addressing symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and addictions.

Benefits of Massage Therapy in an IOP

While massage therapy is often the first choice for those seeking a relaxing treatment session, the benefits of massage are much more far-reaching than relaxation alone. Some of the advantages of using massage therapy as a clinical treatment might include:

  • Pain relief
  • Surgical rehabilitation
  • Improved posture
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Enhanced circulation
  • Stronger immune system

For those battling mental health conditions, massage therapy also reduces tension, helps to manage stress, improves sleep, and elevates mood. Massage sessions at Avalon Integrative Wellness may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or longer, depending on the type of massage used and the severity of the symptoms to be addressed.

How it Works

Your massage therapy experience at Avalon Integrative Wellness will depend in part on the type of massage you select. We provide the following options:

Swedish Massage

The most relaxing massage, this technique is performed using long strokes that encourage blood flow toward the heart. Circular pressure may also be applied to areas that are especially tense. In addition to the relaxation benefits, Swedish massage is known to increase oxygen and blood flow to detoxify the body, while enhancing flexibility.

Deep Tissue Massage

While not quite as relaxing, the therapeutic benefits of this massage cannot be understated. You will feel firm pressure and strokes that work deeply enough to address underlying tissue and muscles that can become inflamed and painful. In addition to reducing chronic pain in problem spots like the upper back, neck and shoulders, this massage is effective in increasing range of motion after injury.

Detox Massage

The lymphatic system is responsible for the elimination of waste products from the body and strengthening the immune system. At times, the lymphatic system can become sluggish, allowing toxins to build up that can affect your overall health. Detox massage focuses on this concern, stimulating the lymphatic system for more efficient waste removal and detoxification.

Shiatsu Massage

Specific issues like arthritis, sinus problems, joint pain and stiffness and chronic back and neck pain may be treated through shiatsu massage sessions. During this treatment, the therapist uses thumbs, fingers and the palms of the hands to apply pressure to targeted areas of the body. Clients find the therapy promotes deep relaxation while relieving pain and other symptoms of stress.

Massage Therapy as Part of the Avalon Integrative Wellness IOP

Treating the mind, body and spirit and creating balance and harmony between the three is a primary focus of the IOP at Avalon Integrative Wellness. Through an integrative approach that involves traditional therapies and holistic treatments, our professional staff is equipped to address your mental health concerns on all levels. Contact us today at 888-266-9048 to find out if our IOP is the right treatment option for you.