Therapeutic Massage

Studies have shown that any type of stress in your daily life will directly affect your immune system. Therapeutic Massage assists you in eliminating these the affects of stress on your body by increasing oxygen flow to the muscles and promoting healthful relaxation. This, in turn, allows you to function in an optimal state of health and balance.

Therapeutic Massage is normally provided utilizing a massage table where the client lies down and is fully draped for the session. Another option is utilizing a massage chair where the client stays fully clothed and sits in the chair. This is an option commonly used in corporate settings or sports events and is a shorter massage and mainly addresses the back and arms.

Christine has been an LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) since 1993 and specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and offers treatment in several different modalities which include:                   

•NMT / Deep Tissue Massage
•Swedish / Relaxation Massage
•Active-Isolated Stretching
•CranioSacral Therapy
•Visceral Manipulation
•Myofascial Release
•Sports Massage

Proven benefits of massage therapy include:
•Promotes healing by increasing blood and oxygen supply to the muscles
•Stretching and elongation of tissues to increase flexibility
•Decreased blood pressure
•Overall sense of peace and well-being

Any type of healing takes work on the part of the client as well as the therapist. You must want to feel better and accept responsibility of your current activities and lifestyle that may be helping or hindering your ability to improve. As part of your treatment, we will discuss with you the importance of posture, ergonomics, exercise, stretching, water intake and proper nutrition. Therapeutic Massage, as well as any type of bodywork, is just one piece of the puzzle in eliminating pain patterns. After your massage session you will be provided with a handout to take home with basic information as to what to expect for the remainder of the day and into the next. Physiological changes will be taking place as a result of the bodywork and it is best if you help facilitate the positive effects.

Massage therapists are required to be licensed and carry liability insurance in the state of Florida and are regulated by the Department of Professional Regulation. In many other states, there are no licensing requirements or regulations of any kind.

Through tremendous efforts of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, massage therapy is now gaining respect from the medical profession here in the state of Florida. Scientific studies have demonstrated the positive benefits of massage as an alternative or complement to other types of physiotherapy (such as Chiropractic or Physical Therapy).

As a result, some insurance companies will now pay for treatments if prescribed by a physician. You should speak with your physician if you wish to try therapeutic massage as treatment for your condition and then check with your insurance carrier to see if they cover therapeutic massage provided by an independent licensed therapist. Many employee Health Savings Plans will allow therapeutic massage to be covered under that plan. In this case, you would submit the receipt you will be provided after paying the office fee.

Consider Therapeutic Massage for treatment of the following conditions. (These are only a few examples as massage therapy can be used for many other conditions.)
Piriformis Syndrome
•Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) / Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD)
•Chronic Neck / Upper Back Pain  
•Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI's)
•Muscle Contraction Headaches
•Adhesive Capsulitis ("Frozen Shoulder")
•Lateral Epicondylitis ("Tennis Elbow")
•Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  •Fibromyalgia
•Myofascial Pain Syndrome
•Mechanical Low Back Pain 

On-site chair massage has also become very popular in the professional setting and for employee recognition programs. The massage is performed with clients fully clothed and sitting in a specifically designed chair and lasts for anywhere from 5-20 minutes. For more information, please see my page on On-Site Chair Massage.

Massage License #: MA15686