Massage therapy has many beneficial effects. It can reduce pain, alter metabolism, alleviate stress and muscle cramping, induce relaxation, improve circulation and lymph flow, promote muscle tone, increase range of motion, and encourage recovery after medical procedures.
Special care is taken to avoid tender areas of skin on patients receiving radiation and chemotherapy. Pressure is adjusted for those at risk for bruising and peripheral neuropathy, and rocking motions are minimized for those with side effects such as nausea or vomiting.
We often demonstrate massage on the parent to show children what this form of therapy involves. We also educate parents who wish use massage techniques on their children at home.
Our staff is trained in Swedish massage, shiatsu, TuiNa (a form of Chinese body work), aromatherapy massage, and infant massage. Sessions generally last between ten minutes and one hour and are offered Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.