Massage is considered one of the oldest treatments used by mankind. Today, massage is still often used and is accepted in many rehabilitation programs. Massage has proven beneficial to many chronic illnesses such as low back pain and arthritis. All different kinds of people benefit from massage from weekend warriors to competitive athletes, home gardeners, company executives, and our older generations. Prices for massage vary, please call for pricing. 940-692-4688

Massage Benefits Include:

  • Relieves stress
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Helps manage pain
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Lowers blood pressure

Types of Massage

Swedish Massage

  • Light to medium pressure
  • Promotes circulation and lymph movement
  • Good for stress-related conditions and chronic pain

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What is a Swedish Massage?

The best known and more common massage style is Swedish. This is a basic massage in which the main goal is to relax the entire body. If you do not received massages often this is the perfect massage for you. The licensed massage therapist will use long gliding strokes and circular motion to warm up the muscles. Deep tissue and trigger point release can also be included if needed. Not only does Swedish massage provide relaxation, but it helps increase the level of oxygen in your blood flow, improve circulation, increases flexibility, and decreases muscle toxins.

Trigger Point Massage Therapy

  • Relieves a tight area within the muscle causing pain in the other areas of the body
  • Uses cycles of isolated pressures and release methods
  • Helps naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries

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What is Tigger Point Massage Therapy?

A trigger point is a tight area within the muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body (also known as referal pain).  A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck.  The neck, now is acting as a satellite trigger point, and may cause pain in the head.  The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release methods.

In this type of massage, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.  Receiving a massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic pain.

Deep Tissue Massage

  • Releases muscle tension
  • Provides deep pain relief
  • Loosens scar tissue and lengthens muscles
  • Good for chronic overuse injuries

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What is Deep Tissue Massage Therapy?

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension.

The focus is the deepest layers of muscles, tissues, tendons, and facia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints).

Prenatal Massage

  • Relieves Headaches
  • Alleviates backaches
  • Enhances sleep
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Reduces edema

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Massage for pregnant women is also used to reduce stress on weight bearing joints.   It helps with blood and lymph circulation, relaxes nervous tensions which in turn helps aid better sleep, and can possibly help with symptoms of depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes during and after pregnancy.

During the prenatal massage, side-lying positioning with supportive, soft cushions are used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied.

Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with small, cushioned wedge placed under both knees.  Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your licensed massage therapist can provide a pregnancy pillow if you wish to lie face down.

Relief of Everyday Symptoms a Closer Look.

Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it’s always a good idea to discuss with your licensed massage therapist and everyday symptoms you’d like to see relieved.  Those might include:

  • Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders.  In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage could possibly reduce the chances of migraines, or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
  • Muscle tension created by carrying extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the affected areas.  This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
  • Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps, and swelling (edema) can all be relieved through massage therapy for pregnant women.
  • The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body’s natural anti-pain chemical which is stimulated by massage.

Women with normal, low risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage therapy.  However, women in high risk pregnancies should consult their health care provider before beginning a massage therapy routine.  Here at OSTC our licensed massage therapist will not schedule a massage for a woman until she has entered her second trimester.

 Hot Stone Massage Therapy

  • Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions
  • Decreases pain and muscle spasms
  • Reduces chronic stress and tension

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What is Hot Stone Massage Therapy?

A specialty massage where warm, smooth stones are used, either as a part of the therapist’s own hands or by placing them along the body while other parts of the body are massaged.  The heat helps relax and warm up tight muscles so the therapist can apply a deeper pressure.

Sports Massage

  • Promotes flexibility to decrease risk of injury
  • Improves endurance
  • Reduces post-workout recovery time
  • Offers balance to training regimens

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What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is geared towards athletes of all types, from professionals to weekend warriors.  Based on the sport of choice, each massage has specific techniques for the athlete/client.  Overused and stressed areas of the body from repetitive and aggressive movements are the focal points of the massage.  Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and recovery with post-event massage therapy.

 Lymph Drainage Massage Therapy

  • Enhances recovery from illness and disease
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves immune system functions
  • Reduces edema due to sprains, bruises, surgery, and lymphedema
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves skin appearance (burns, acne, scars, etc.)
  • Helps with body’s natural detoxification

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What is Lymph Drainage Massage?

Lymph drainage massage is a very light massage that encourages lymph flow in the body.   When the body no longer moves fluid through the lymph system, the massage therapist will manually move the fluids through specific massage strokes.  It is particularly good for detoxification and edema

Who Should Get It?

Lymph massage can benefit just about everyone.  If you’re feeling tired and low on energy, or if you’ve been sick and feel like your body is fighting hard to get back on track, lymph massage would likely serve you well.

In addition, athletes, surgical patients, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue suffers, as well as those wanting a fresh look, may want to consider lymphatic massage.

Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

  • Improves fatigue
  • Increases quality of life
  • Eases symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments

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What is Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients?

A growing number of healthcare professionals recognize massage as an effective, non-invasive treatment to combine with conventional medical care.  The American Cancer Society recommends massage therapy for patients with cancer to improve quality of life and to bring them comfort.  Massage therapy is a powerful healing modality with many benefits for people with cancer.

The professional massage therapist offers cancer patients skilled touch and caring at an isolating time of their lives.  Some healthcare professionals recommend massage as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment.

In any disease, the massage therapist uses different massage techniques for different clinical situations.  There is no “one size fits all” approach.  The same is true when working with clients with cancer.

Always consult your physician before scheduling a massage if you have been diagnosed with cancer or are currently receiving treatments for cancer.

Carpal Tunnel Massage Therapy

  • Helps alleviate pain and numbness in the hands, fingers, and forearms
  • Sooths pain from repetitive movements
  • Aids in the breakdown of scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles

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What is Carpal Tunnel Massage Therapy?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a hand and arm condition that causes tingling and other symptoms.  Carpal Tunnel is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist.

A number of factors contribute to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems, and possibly patterns of use.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms will not disappear after one massage treatment, but they can improve over time.