For better well-being, massage makes good sense

Maybe you think of massage as luxury—something purely pampering. Indulgent. An extra. Probably because something that feels so good surely can’t be important for health, right?

Except no: Massage has been found to help lower high blood pressure, boost the immune system, aid blood circulation, provide relief from stress, pain, muscle tension and headaches. It is a great accompaniment to certain types of cancer treatment, for prenatal mothers suffering from joint pain, high blood pressure or edema, for encouraging productivity, for decreasing injuries on the job, improving athletic performance. It even helps reduce symptoms of depression.

Licensed Massage Therapist Pamela D. Biesecker brings all these benefits to Medical Center Northeast’s Center for Women’s Health. More specifically, Pam offers:

  • Swedish/Total Relaxation Massage ($30 for 30 minutes; $70 for 60 minutes): Medium to light pressure applied by long strokes, kneading, and some circular motion to relieve muscle tension due to stress. Provides and overall relaxing sensation.
  • Deep Tissue Massage ($70 for 60 minutes): Slower, deeper pressure to target the deeper layers of connective tissue.
  • Prenatal Massage ($70 for 45 minutes): A light-pressure massage during which the patient lies on her side, supported by pillows. The therapist concentrates on targeted areas of soreness indicated by patient—usually lower back, hips and joint pain. Prenatal massage is also good for edema and for mothers suffering from high blood pressure. Mothers in high-risk pregnancies need documentation from their doctor that massage is indicated and approved. Mothers should be through the first trimester before they seek prenatal massage.
  • Geriatric Massage ($70 for 45 minutes): Ideal for those suffering from arthritis, joint pain, lack of mobility or depression. Light gentle pressure applied with lotion in order not to apply a great amount of friction to the skin. May include some light stretching to encourage flexibility.

What brings most people in for their first massage? Pain. “But eventually,” Pam says, “those people come back on a routine basis so they can prevent getting to the point of pain again.”

Most therapists suggest that you have a massage every 4-6 weeks as routine maintenance, but everyone is different. The state of your health and what you want from massage have a lot to do with the kind of massage you get and how often you get it. If, after discussing your wellness goals with your massage therapist, you decide you want frequent visits, the Center for Women’s Health provides different massage packages that might suit your treatment plan.

Massage isn’t necessarily right for everyone at every time. It’s the wrong time for massage if you have:

  • Sinus infection/cold/illness
  • Fever
  • Rash/skin irritations and disorders
  • Severe acne
  • Fractures
  • Low blood pressure
  • Blood clots/blood disorders

As Pam so often says, “A massage is only as good as the communication between the client and his or her massage therapist.” Everyone perceives pressure and massage technique differently, so it’s critical that you speak up and let your massage therapist know what’s working—and not working—for you.

Call 317-338-4-HER to find out more or to schedule a massage.

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