Massage Therapy: The Art of Relaxation and Stress Relief
Massage uses our innate sense of touch to relieve sore, tense muscles and offer a different perspective to this demanding, hectic world. Franciscan Health offers certified massage therapists to address your individual needs.
Benefits of massage therapy
- Relaxes tense muscles
- Improves joint movement
- Increases circulation
- Improves the tone of your skin
- Improves the lymph flow to help detoxify
- Boosts your immune system
- Relieves symptoms of stress
- Increases your ability to cope
Massage therapy techniques
With this commonly known technique, therapists use a combination of five basic strokes to manipulate the body’s soft tissues. Benefits of Swedish massage include general relaxation, relief from muscular tension and/or pain and improved circulation.
Deep-tissue massage uses greater pressure and works on deeper muscle layers than Swedish massage. Deep-tissue massage is used to relieve chronic patterns of muscular tension by using slow strokes, direct pressure and friction.
Chair massage takes advantage of techniques that provide fully clothed massages to clients who are seated in specially designed chairs. Therapists use a combination of Swedish and deep-tissue massage, commonly working the head, neck, shoulders and back.
Pregnancy is a time of physical and emotional change. Consistent massage therapy during this time can relieve physical symptoms, reduce stress and help promote a positive mental attitude.
This service is currently offered only at our Franciscan Health Wellness Suite in Indianapolis, IN. Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points of the feet, hands and ears, which are believed to be connected to other parts of the body. Reflexology is often used to relieve stress or help prevent and treat certain physical disorders.