Massage therapy has evolved from a pampering spa treatment to a vital component in many wellness programs. With a variety of techniques to choose from, your massage session can be tailored to address any specific concerns you might have – from sore muscles to some chronic conditions. Whether you select a single massage to recover from an activity or promote relaxation, or a series of treatments to manage chronic symptoms, there is a massage therapy technique to help you maximize your overall health and wellness. At Avalon Integrative Wellness, we offer massage therapy as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other therapies as a part of a comprehensive wellness program.

What is Massage Used to Treat?

Massage therapy is a versatile treatment that can contribute to the management of a variety of conditions and issues, including:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress-related symptoms such as muscle tension and insomnia
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Persistent headaches
  • Digestive disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

Your massage therapist will go over your health history prior to your treatment to determine the best type of massage for you. This information also alerts your therapist to particular techniques or areas of the body that should be avoided to prevent additional discomfort or side effects. If there are specific goals you would like to achieve through your massage therapy, such as pain relief for a certain condition, that should be discussed prior to your session also.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

In addition to its relaxing effects, massage therapy provides numerous benefits to the right patients:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Relief from pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved circulation
  • Rehabilitation from surgery or injury
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improve posture
  • Enhanced mood

Massage treatments may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the concerns you would like to address and the areas to be treated. There is not typically any downtime after a massage session.

Options in Massage Therapy

At Avalon Integrative Wellness, we offer a variety of options in massage therapy so that we can customize our patients’ treatments to their needs. Some of those choices include:

Detox Massage

Detox massage is a treatment that focuses on the lymphatic system. By stimulating the lymphatic system, the body can eliminate waste products, excess fluids, and foreign microorganisms from the body more efficiently. The gentle massage will simultaneously benefit the immune system and aid the body’s natural healing process.

Swedish Massage

Patients request this type of massage most frequently because it is useful for relaxing the entire body. The therapist works on muscles with long soothing strokes in the direction of blood flowing towards the heart and circular pressure via kneading, tapping, and stretching. This technique helps to increase blood flow and the level of oxygen in the bloodstream which aids in the removal of toxins, reduction of tension and stress, and enhanced flexibility and circulation.

Shiatsu Massage

This therapy uses the fingers, thumbs and palms to provide pressure to the areas of the body that need support. The pressure applied aids in circulation, relieves stress, provides deep relaxation and helps treat pain and illness. It is designed to aid with arthritis, sprains, sinus issues, joint problems and chronic neck and back pain.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage technique uses firm pressure and systematic strokes to reach deep inside the muscles and the layers of tissue surrounding the muscles. The treatment helps in releasing muscle tension and adhesions that cause pain and inflammation while limiting your range of motion. This therapy is helpful in reducing chronic pain, especially in the upper back, neck, lower back, and shoulders, and can help those recovering from injuries.

Massage Therapy at Avalon Integrative Wellness

Massage therapy is a useful part of any wellness program, due to the many potential benefits it can provide. With different techniques at our disposal, we will ensure your treatment is designed just for you and your needs. Schedule a therapy session at Avalon Integrative Wellness today by calling our facility at 888-266-9048.