Massage Therapy: Promote Health and Healing

5470031-senior-woman-having-massageMassage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts. It is the physical manipulation of soft tissue structures in the body to relieve or prevent pain and physical discomfort.

You will receive a personalized massage that combines techniques best suited to address your needs. Some of the styles we offer are Swedish, Esalen, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Counterstrain, Orthobionomy, Reflexology and Craniosacral Therapy.

How massage therapy can help you:

Massage improves blood flow and lymph circulation and promotes relaxation. In addition, it can help you achieve a sense of well-being, and has specific benefits for:

  • Management and reduction of stress
  • Relief of pain and physical discomfort, including perioperative
  • Mobility issues and muscle tension
  • Swelling
  • Reduction of anxiety and depression
  • Eating disorders and addictions
  • Improvement of immune function
  • Enhanced body awareness

Marcia Degelman and Paula Koepke discuss “Massage Therapy and Bodywork, A-Z.”

What the research is showing:

Research has found positive effects of massage therapy on many medical conditions in various age groups. In particular, massage is known to have many benefits for the body and mind, and these benefits are greatest when it is a regular part of a treatment plan. These include positive physical and psychological effects.

Studies indicate that massage is effective for anxiety and stress, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, lymphedema, musculoskeletal disorders, neonatal care, pregnancy, and sleep disorders, among others. These effects appear to be mediated by a decrease in circulating stress hormones. One specific example is that after massage therapy, breast cancer patients show an increase in natural killer cells and reduced anxiety levels and depression. Read this New York Times article about how massage heals sore muscles.

Our Certified Massage Therapists are:

Rates:
One hour: $100
30 minutes: $50

Insurance
The Osher Center is not contracted with insurance companies for massage therapy.  Following the visit, we will provide you with documentation if you wish to seek reimbursement from your health insurer.

Appointments
Please visit our Appointments page to schedule a visit.


Resources/References:

Sellick, SM; Zaza, C. Critical review of 5 nonpharmacologic strategies for managing cancer pain.Cancer Prevention and Control. 2 (1) 7-14; 1998.

Ironson, G., Field, T. et al. at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, Massage Therapy Studies. Massage Therapy for HIV+ Adults. International Journal of Neuroscience 84, 205-218, 1996.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Ironsor, G., Field, T., et al. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 1, 1-8, 2003.

Moyer CA, Rounds J, Hannum JW at the University of Illinois: A Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy Research. APA Psychological Bulletin, 2004, Vol. 130, No. 1, 3-18.

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