Massage Therapy


At BodyPro Wellness Center, we have found that massage therapy helps our clients achieve optimal health, as it helps them reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Not only does massage therapy help our clients feel relaxed and energized, but it also helps them to alleviate the aches and pains associated with many health issues, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Depression
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Pregnancy Discomfort
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer
  • Fatigue

Overall, our clients have reported that massage therapy has helped them significantly with reducing pain, promoting relaxation, and elevating mood.  

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy includes many different techniques and styles where the massage therapists work on muscle and other soft tissue to help you feel better.  The type of massage depends on your needs and physical condition.

What is Western-style Massage?

The Western concept of massage is based on anatomy and physiology, and its focus is to stimulate circulation, flush the circulatory system, release tight muscles, restore range of motion, and relieve pain. There are several types of Western-style massage, a few of which are discussed below:

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is the most common type, and the therapist uses long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.  The therapist may also use other techniques, such as kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to provide the best therapeutic experience.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is another form of Swedish massage, but the technique involves applying deeper pressure to muscle and soft tissue to release chronic muscle tension.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage therapy is a complementary choice for prenatal care, as it reduces stress and promotes overall wellness, alleviating symptoms associated with pregnancy:  relieves backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, edema (swelling); reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, and relieves depression and anxiety associated with hormonal changes.

What is Eastern-style Massage?

Eastern-style massage focuses on energy work-working with the flow of acupressure points, detecting imbalances throughout the body, releasing energy blockages, and restoring balance to the body.  While there are many different types of Eastern-style massage, Shiatsu is the most popular.

Shiatsu Massage (Japanese)

Shiatsu means finger pressure, where the therapist applies pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet to pressure points on the body to help restore energy.  When energy gets blocked, it causes suffering. Shiatsu massage balances energy and restores healing in the body.

Is Massage Therapy Safe?

There are few risks associated with massage therapy, especially when you have a trained, certified practitioner.  A highly-skilled massage therapist knows to take precautions with people who have certain health conditions. For example, a massage therapist would not massage any weak areas of skin, such as wounds.

Are There Some People for Whom Massage Therapy Would not Be Recommended?

  • People who have a bleeding disorder or have low blood counts should avoid forceful or deep tissue massage.  
  • People who take blood thinners should avoid deep tissue massage as well.  
  • People who have cancer or who are pregnant should get clearance from their healthcare provider before seeing a massage therapist.

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