A different kind of experience
What sets the Wellness Center apart? Most notably, the variety of techniques offered, the relaxing atmosphere, a diverse group of caring therapists, convenient hours, and a choice among massage therapist dedicated to your needs.
Like many massage therapy or bodywork centers throughout the United States, the Wellness Center integrates a variety of massage techniques and styles to promote better health for clients. This adds up to the best possible experience.
Massage – manual manipulation of the soft tissue of the body.
Massage Therapy – a licensed practitioner combines manual techniques and adjunctive therapies to positively affect the well-being of a client. Massage therapy encompasses more than 150 variations in techniques and approaches. Some of these techniques focus on the entire body while others focus on specific areas. Whatever the case, massage therapy offers something for everyone.
General or Swedish Massage
This technique uses kneading, long gliding strokes, and friction on/to the superficial layers of muscles. The emphasis of Swedish massage is to stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph, important to the immune system–throughout the soft tissues of the body.
Deep Tissue Massage
This technique is similar to Swedish massage but with the intent to go deeply into muscle tissue. The therapist focuses on troubled areas by stretching and separating the muscles to give relief. If a client has a chronic problem in certain areas, deep tissue massage is an effective way to approach the problem.
Muscle Release TechniqueSM
A unique pain therapy, MRT (Muscle Release Technique) is a combination of a specific type of stretch in an exact plane of movement with moderate compression while the client works with breathing. This therapy not only helps to break up scar tissue, but also restores muscle length and range of motion for long-term relief from pain and stiffness.
MRT helps people suffering from various problems, such as these:
- Sore Feet
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Weak ankles
- Calf cramps
- Chronic low back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Knee pain
- Patella tracking dysfunction
- Hammer toes
- Claw toes
- Frozen shoulder
- Bulging disc
- Pain in joints
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
MRT deals with the causes of pain rather than treating the symptoms. Many painful conditions (in areas different than the discomfort) are caused by tight, short muscles. A tight, short muscle is a weak ineffective muscle, making joints susceptible to injury. A tight muscle can entrap the nerves and blood vessels, causing inflammation, pain, and numbness. Among the different causes are repetitive use, trauma (such as a blow to the muscle), or stress in certain parts of the body. MRT restores the health of the muscle, thus removing the cause of the discomfort. In many cases, the simple yet effective principles of MRT can provide relief in one session. If it is a question of chronic pain, people can find an answer in the Muscle Release Technique.
Advanced Sports Massage
This specialized therapy recognizes that when muscles are shortened by activity or overuse, serious complications or other conditions arise. One of the most important opportunities of my career as a therapist was to train with James Waslaski in Orthopedic Massage—the supervisor of all massage therapists in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. His program stresses what can and cannot be done by the therapist pre- and post-event. Pre-event therapeutic treatment makes no major changes while maintaining the athlete’s range of motion. Post event massage is about flushing out lactic acid and toxins as quickly as possible. Waslaski discourages deep muscle work; instead, the therapist must move impurities out through the circulatory systems. No less than ten days prior to the event, he stresses orthopedic testing of specific muscles instead of muscle groups to see which are shortened and tightened. In this way, each muscle must be balanced, symmetrical, and working synergistically, but also acting as an individual muscle. Unlike most massage therapies, Orthopedic Massage works on specific muscles to accomplish overall, optimal results.
Lymph Drainage TherapySM
Lymph Drainage Therapy(LDT)- is a hands-on technique designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system. Developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO from his award-winning research on the lymphatic system, LDT enables trained therapists to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of the lymphatic flow. The LDT process uses gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. Due to the nature and role of the lymphatic system, LDT is beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions and in preventive health maintenance. Specifically, LDT works to circulate body fluids, to stimulate the immune system, and to promote a relaxed, balanced autonomic nervous system. Other results of LDT treatments include reductions in swelling and lymph edemas of many origins; detoxification of the body; and relief of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and inflammation, and much more.
Mindful Touch Therapy
The Mindful Touch Therapy program is based on the idea that touch can have a profound impact on an individual’s health and well-being. As a unique blend of massage therapy and healing concepts, it was created to support individuals living with cancer, critical illness, pain, or extreme stress. Designed to safely, effectively support medical procedures and treatment programs–this healing modality improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, stimulates energy movement and balance, and releases endorphins, the body’s own pain killers. Mindful touch can aid the immune system and be used as a tool for physical and mental states of relaxation.
MFR (Myofascial Release) uses a gentle blend of stretching, massage, and hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing and relieve pain. Myofascial comes from the Latin term “myo” for muscle and “fascia” for band. Thus, therapists use the technique to ease pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue, or fascia. Giving shape to our bodies, fascia is a continuous, uninterrupted network throughout the body that provides support, cushioning, and flexibility.
MFR helps in the treatment of many injuries and disorders. Poor posture, physical injury, illness, and emotional stress can throw a body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become taut and constricted. Abnormal pressures may tighten or bind fascia to the underlying tissues, creating “adhesions” or scar tissue that clings to the muscle fibers, often stiffening joints or contributing to painful motions, such as rotator cuff injuries. Abnormal pressure near a nerve may also cause numbness, pain or tingling such as sciatica, or carpal tunnel syndrome. MFR frees adhesions, softens and lengthens the fascia, while improving circulation and nervous system transmission.
CranioSacral Therapy(CST) – is a gentle, light-touch approach to whole body health. This type of hands-on therapy releases tensions in the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord–known as the craniosacral system. Dysfunction within the craniosacral system can impact the performance of the central nervous system, which in turn affects the health of the entire body. The gentle techniques of CST allows the entire body to relax and self-correct, which can decrease pain and dysfunction, strengthen resistance to disease, as well as enhance overall health and well-being. An effective therapy for all ages, from newborns to the elderly, CST can help treat a wide range of pain, illness, and dysfunction.
By pinpointing areas of the craniosacral system that are not functioning properly, the practitioner utilizes various delicate manual techniques to release tension and improve the function of the central nervous system. Each person’s experience of each session is individual and unique; however, most people, report a greater sense of warmth or pulsing in the areas being worked on, as well as an overall sense of relaxation.
The benefits of massage during pregnancy–or prenatal massage–are numerous, both for mother and baby. During pregnancy, the body undergoes a great deal of change, which can result in new aches and pains. Prenatal massage provides a drug-free approach to pain relief, enhances immune function, and lowers blood pressure. Regular massage during pregnancy can also help prepare the body for labor.
Prenatal massage is typically safe during all three trimesters of pregnancy; however, receiving a prenatal massage by a certified practitioner ensures proper precautions and adjustments are made to accommodate the pregnant client. If the pregnancy is deemed high risk for any reason, the client should gain clearance for prenatal massage from the doctor.
A very relaxing, deep muscle therapy–this technique releases tension and restrictions from soft tissue. Beginning with the application of light pressure which is increased gradually, the flat surfaces of the therapist’s hands, fingers, and forearms are used to achieve a gentle, gradual release of the restrictions of the soft tissue.
Involving a precise and systematic foot/hand massage, reflexology stimulates those reflex points with controlled pressure that correspond to the organs, systems, and structures of the body. Reflexology is based upon the body’s ability to heal itself. When a body is in a state of imbalance from injury, stress, illness or disease, reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. Since this procedure is the least invasive massage, reflexology is an ideal starting place for someone who is hesitant to receive his or her first massage.
Commonly used to rid the body of toxins, body wraps have therapeutic value as well. In some instances, they reduce swelling associated with injuries and arthritis. Reports suggest that warts, corns, and cracked skin disappear as a result of this treatment. Essentially, body wraps restore and refresh the skin.
Originating in China over 2,000 years ago, this unique, traditional healing technique eliminates toxins from the body by stimulating the Lymphatic system. Gua Sha involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation, which increase circulation of the blood for a healthier body. Using round-edged instruments, pressure is applied in strokes to areas of the skin. Raising “Sha” in this way removes blood stagnation, which is considered pathogenic, and promotes normal circulation and metabolic process. The Chinese made preventative health care a priority and decided that Gua Sha was the best way to promote good health and help with fever, pain, and fatigue.
Hot Stone Massage
For hundreds of years around the world, therapeutic stones have been used to enhance massage therapy. Utilizing the healing quality of moist heat, “Hot Stone” massage is one of the fastest growing techniques in spas around the country. Heated stones applied to the body in various ways bring relief to stiff, sore muscles, alleviating chronic and acute problems. Basalt—the most abundant of the volcanic rocks available today—is the preferred stone because it is dense and retains heat during the therapeutic process.
Chair massage is an integrated approach, combining Swedish, deep-tissue, and pressure point techniques to relieve the stress most individuals commonly experience. Clients remain fully clothed; no oils or creams are used. Performed on an ergonomically designed, portable massage chair, this massage is an appropriate choice for most on-site requests. A cost-effective way to promote individual or employee well-being–chair massages in the workplace boost both employee morale and performance. When delivered in a corporate setting, chair massage can ease tension, encourage circulation in key muscle groups, and enable the nervous system to become more alert. Employees then return to work pain free and energized.