Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical funcation or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). It is a clincially-oriented health option that achieves results in the relief of an range of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain syndromes. Our Licensed Massage Therapist has her Iowa licensure for services in Swedish massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, and Shiatsu.
Swedish Massage is designed specifically to relax your muscles. By applying pressure on the muscles and around the bones, LMT's enhance the oxygen flow in the blood and speed up the process of removing toxins from the muscles in the body. The Swedish massage further aids in flushing out lactic, uric acid, and other toxins from the tissues, which can form those painful knots some people may experience. Through this type of massage, the ligaments and tendons become more flexible and it also stimulates the skin and nervous system, thus in turn relieving the client from emotional and physical stress.
Reflexology works at the imbalances of the feet and hands. With this type of massage therapy, the blockages are released and free flow of energy is restored in specific areas, organs, and the whole body by working on the points in the feet and the hands. This massage is a focused form of acupressure, which helps in blood circulation, detoxification of blood, and aids in proper nerve functioning. This therapy not only heals, but also reviatlizes your entire body.
Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury.
Shiatsu is an old, traditional, Japanese healing method also known as acupressure or "finger pressure." This form of massage technique can often times be confused with acupuncture. During a Shiatsu massage, the LMT will apply pressure with his/her thumbs, fingers, and plams to specific areas which are considered the body's meridians or energy channels. This type of massage helps to balance an individual's energy flow and strengthen the vital organs.