Dr. Stephen Alter
There is little doubt that massage therapy was the first health procedure. The first thing we do when we feel pain anywhere in our bodies is to grab it and rub it. Massage therapy has a long and distinguished history, having been known to the ancient Chinese and Japanese, the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Today in Germany there is at least one massage therapy practice in every little village, and in the cities there are hundreds. Doctors prescribe it and it is paid for by insurance.
Massage therapy was lost in our culture largely as a result of the technological revolution. In this century discovery of drugs and other advanced medical procedures caused us to believe that medical science would solve any problem we might have. Only recently have we begun to realize that this is not the case and that drugs and surgery should be viewed as last resorts rather than pursued first. We are beginning to think preventively, to value the health of the whole person rather than fragmenting ourselves and to see the worth of natural approaches with little risk.
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
We offer several types of massage, including:
Wellness Massage - A full body massage that promotes general relaxation, stimulation of circulation, enhancement of muscle tone and is also therapeutic in reducing muscle tightness.
Myofascial Release - Sustained pressure therapy into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions, tightness and tenderness in the body.
Muscle Therapy - Therapy on specific areas of the body that show tissue resistance and tenderness in the muscles and limited range of motion.
Essential Oil Massage - This therapy incorporates pure essential oils with massage therapy. As the oils are massaged into the muscle tissue the body can be brought into balance.
Reflexology - Reflexology Therapy focuses on specific reflex points in the feet which correspond to every part of the body thereby increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions.