Avera St. Benedict Wellness Center offers various types of massage including Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, stone therapy, and facial treatments.
Physiological effects of therapeutic massage
Reduces pain by
- Stimulating the production of endorphins (the body's natural pain killers) to help provide a power muscle relaxant.
- Introducing new information through the nervous system which helps to re-educate muscles in poor posture.
- Flushing out lactic acid that pools in the muscles causing tissues to be more alkaline, which in turn restores the PH balance and helps the body to return to a state of homeostasis (the body's natural state of harmony).
- Helping to reduce DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness). Post event massage will help reduce DOMS dramatically.
Increases strength by
- Maximizing performance ability.
Decreases stress by
- Increasing mental awareness.
- Decreasing the heart rate and lowering anxiety levels.
Improves overall health by
- Increasing venous (vein) circulation of blood and lymphatic flow.
- Flushing out toxins by increasing the flow of the immune system.
- Stimulating and inducing an anti-depressant effect.
Types of Massage
Swedish massage offers full relaxation through long, smooth strokes which access the superficial muscle fibers. This classic European massage will effectively help in maintaining your body's general state of health. It is beneficial as a stress reliever with the added intention of full body relaxation.
Deep Tissue massage stimulates deep muscle relaxation through the manipulation of deep tissue fibers. By manipulating deep muscle fibers, we can effectively re-educate muscles to work properly, helping to support the body's own natural abilities to heal.
Neuromuscular is a type of therapy that is beneficial to those suffering from chronic pain in a specific area. Relying on Trigger Point Therapy, the involved muscles are released through a series of four or five sessions. Neuromuscular therapy is recommended like this form of massage.
Stone Therapy is available with both Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. Please specify if you would like this form of massage.
Hot Tub use is also available. If you are not a wellness member, please inquire how this form of therapy can benefit you.
Which approach is best for you?
Each different type of therapy offers its own unique character, focus, technique and participation. Some are more effective for certain outcomes than others are. How do you know which is best for you?
Classic European massage (Swedish) will effectively help in maintaining your body's general state of health. This type of therapy is beneficial if you are seeking a powerful stress reliever with the added intention of full body relaxation.
Deep tissue is beneficial to those who "just need something more". By manipulating deep muscle fibers, we can effectively re-educate muscles to work properly, helping to support the body's own natural abilities to heal.
Length of Massage Appointments
- 30 minutes
- 60 minutes
- 90 minutes
Call 928-4410 to set up an appointment.
- Monday - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Your First Session
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to complete a brief personal history form and to discuss any questions you may have regarding massage. Confidentiality is a priority and is maintained at all times. Your massage will be given by a Certified Massage Therapist, trained in various therapeutic techniques and will be given in a private massage room. If you have specific concerns or problem areas, please inform your therapist. It is important you drink lots of water after your massage to ensure proper elimination of toxins. Stretching is a must to keep muscles limber. Vitamin C is also been known to help.
Gift certificates are available for purchase through the Wellness Center. They make wonderful gifts for birthdays, holidays and anniversaries or as just a way of showing your appreciation for someone.