Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons - to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
At Helix Healing & Recovery we believe in the benefits of massage therapy and encourage our residents to use this service on a regular basis. Our massage therapist is available by appointment on a daily basis. As part of each resident's admission, they will be provided one initial massage therapy session as a way to introduce our massage program then let the resident decide about continuing personal sessions thereafter.
The regular use massage therapy in one's life improves health, relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility, and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Many individuals will get massage therapy for physical concerns such as back pain, arthritis, stress relief, migraines, repetitive strain injuries (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome), and post-surgical rehabilitation. Through the integration of long, smooth strokes, kneading, and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle, the massage therapist helps improve circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. Our massage therapy instructors strive to integrate communication and an understanding of mental health issues to help increase their satisfaction with the process.
A strong massage therapy regime can be an integral part of ongoing emotional growth. The framework of the massage session is determined by the understanding between the massage therapist and client in regard to areas of tension and the manner in which the individual feels comfortable with the process. The challenge for each client will differ depending on their mental health issues and their openness to the massage experience. Our massage therapist will take the needs of each client into consideration and much of the first couple minutes of each session will be spent discussing how comfortable the client is with the process and how the massage therapist can be most helpful in the hour.
Some clients will relate that they have never participated in a massage therapy session and are uncomfortable in practicing something new. Other individuals have reported that they have a history of traumatic experiences and fear they may be activated by the massage session. Our massage therapists will make every effort to increase the comfort level of the client through an explanation and careful introduction into the process and only provide as much massage as the individual can safely and comfortably tolerate.
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