Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy in Utah Valley

Relax, rejuvenate, and heal through massage therapy at the Center for Deep Healing, located in Utah Valley. Our massage therapists are experienced in many forms of massage, including: Swedish massage, injury massage, deep tissue, salt stone, pregnancy, and aromatherapy. We dive into some of the more common forms of massage below and invite you to call with questions about booking your preferred massage, or click the links above to book time now. But first, let's review the answers to a few FAQs.

At the Center for Deep Healing:

  • Treatments are provided by appointment only.

  • We accept HSA for treatments and memberships.

  • We provide a discount for veterans and single parents.

 

And, you save 20% on all services, as a member of Blue Petal Foundation.

About Massage Therapy

Massage therapy entails a variety of practices and techniques used by trained therapists to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With varying pressure and movement, therapists use their hands and fingers, forearms, elbows, or feet to:

  • Relax the soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin).

  • Increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas.

  • Increase warmth and decrease pain. 

 

Massage, as a therapeutic practice, is thousands of years old. References to massage have been found in ancient writings from many cultures, including those of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Japan, China, Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent.  Generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine today, massage therapy is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing stress, chronic pain, and muscle tension. Massage therapy has been recommended by health care professionals to help patients cope with the pain and stress of cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions.  

Most commonly, massage therapy is used to relieve pain (often from musculoskeletal conditions), rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and depression, and aid in general wellness. 

Through deep relaxation, facilitated by massage therapy, clients more easily shift their nervous system away from the sympathetic and toward the parasympathetic—the rest and digest response. In this state the heart rate and breathing rate slow down, blood vessels dilate, and activity increases in many parts of the digestive tract. 

Through deep relaxation, facilitated by massage therapy, clients more easily shift their nervous system away from the sympathetic and toward the parasympathetic—the rest and digest response. In this state the heart rate and breathing rate slow down, blood vessels dilate, and activity increases in many parts of the digestive tract. 

As we break these benefits down, we see how massage may help to:

  • Stimulate the release of certain chemicals in the body, such as serotonin or endorphins. 

  • Cause beneficial mechanical changes in the body, such as preventing fibrosis (the formation of scar-like tissue) or increasing the flow of lymph (a fluid that travels through the body's lymphatic system and carries cells that help fight disease). 

  • Improve sleep, which plays a significant a role in pain reduction and healing. 

Common Types of Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage

The most common type of massage (also referred to as classic massage), Swedish massage involves long strokes, kneading, and friction on muscle and tissues—and can involve light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, as well as joint mobility to aid in flexibility. A proven modality to relieve muscle tension, Swedish massage can be both relaxing and energizing. 

 

Shiatsu Massage

In shiatsu massage, the therapist applies varying rhythmic pressure from the fingers on parts of the body, acupressure points, that are believed to be important for the flow of a vital energy called qi. In traditional Chinese medicine, qi is the vital energy or life force proposed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. 

Pregnancy Massage

A pregnancy massage is any massage performed during or after pregnancy and can incorporate many types of massage including: Swedish massage, deep tissue, and Shiatsu. At the Center for Deep Healing in Alpine, Utah, we use specially-designed pillows called bolsters, to position pregnant women comfortably throughout the massage. 

 

In studies, pregnancy massage has been found to help:​

  • Decrease back and leg pain

  • Improve sleep

  • Increase levels of serotonin and dopamine—"feel good" hormones

  • Decrease levels of cortisol—a stress indicator

  • An overall improvement in mood

Pregnancy massage, and massage in general, is also believed to help boost the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses and tumors.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage helps to aid in relaxation, and easing tense muscles and damaged soft tissues. It incorporates the use of hot stones (between 130 and 145 degrees) being placed along your spine, stomach, chest, face, palms, and/or your feet. A therapist then uses Swedish massage techniques such as strokes, tapping, and kneading. As with other massage types, hot stone massage aids in pain relief, reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, and improved immune function.

Deep Tissue Massage

A therapist giving a deep tissue massage uses patterns of strokes and deep finger pressure on parts of the body where muscles are tight or knotted, focusing on layers of muscle, tendons, or other tissues deep under the skin. This type of massage isn't performed with the same rhythmic movements as most other massage techniques, but it's proven more therapeutic, and is often used to treat chronic tension and pain.

Sports Massage

Sports massage evolved from deep tissue massage, but incorporates a wider range of techniques to meet the needs of athletes. This includes active and passive stretching to realign muscle fibers and deep penetration into the tissue to work out tightness, knots, and other painful issues. Sports massages are a form of physiotherapy, and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. These types of massages can be uncomfortable or even painful as the masseuse works on problem areas.

Trigger-Point Massage

In trigger point massage (also called pressure point massage), the therapist uses a variety of strokes but applies deeper, more focused pressure on myofascial trigger points—knots that can form in the muscles, are painful when pressed, and cause symptoms elsewhere in the body as well. 

Cupping

This is a type of deep tissue massage that uses cups to create suction on the skin. It's used to treat pain and inflammation, increase blood flow, provide relaxation, and improve general well-being. Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine.

Gua Sha

Commonly called Chinese scraping, is a dermabrasive TCM healing modality. This massage technique uses oil and a blunt scraping tool to rub or scrape the skin. This can cause purple or red spots on the skin after the treatment. It's used to help alleviate colds, the flu, indigestion, and abdominal pain. It also breaks down scar tissue, soothes muscle aches, and is believed to help to mitigate feelings of weakness, fatigue, nausea, and joint stiffness. 

What to Expect During a Massage

Massage therapy treatments usually last for 30 to 60 minutes, they they can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 1.5 to 2 hours. For some conditions (especially chronic ones), therapists often advise a series of appointments. Therapists usually try to provide an environment that is as calm and soothing as possible by using dim lighting, soft music, fragrances, or even doing the massage in a specially-prepared salt room. 

 

At the first appointment, a massage therapist will discuss your symptoms, medical history, the results you (and your health care provider, if applicable) desire, and other relevant factors, which may include your work and levels of stress. Therapists often perform some evaluations through touch. If nothing's found that would make a massage inadvisable, the therapist will proceed with the massage. Some people prefer to remain silent throughout a massage, but it's also okay to bring up questions and concerns at any time. 

 

During treatment, you lie on a special padded table or sit on a stool or chair. You may be fully clothed (for a chair massage) or partially or fully undressed for a full-body table massage. In the later case, you're covered by a sheet or towel and only the parts of your body that the therapist is currently massaging are exposed. Oil or powder is used to reduce friction on the skin. The therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines. The therapist may also provide recommendations for self-care, such as drinking fluids, learning better movement, and developing an awareness of your body. 

Schedule a Session Today!

You're invited to call with questions about booking your preferred massage, or book a time now that fits your schedule.

Mission: To enable personal deep healing and self-transformation through Medical Qigong treatment, training, and certification opportunities.

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