Massage Therapy

Stone Arch Psychology and Health Services Massage Therapists

Melissa Burth MT, NMT
Melissa Burth MT, NMT
Massage Therapist
I have been practicing massage therapy since 2001 and I have extensive experience in the following message therapy techniques: St. John...
What is massage therapy? Massage therapy is a type of bodywork that manipulates soft tissue using varying degrees of touch and movement. Massage works the muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments of the body using hands-on techniques such as gliding, kneading, compression and friction.
Why massage therapy? Touch has been used as a healing method for centuries, references to massage can be found in texts from over 4,000 years ago, with many early civilizations employing therapeutic touch to heal injuries, relieve pain and produce deep relaxation. The physiological effects of touch can vary from regulation in body rhythms, release of endorphins, removal of toxins and wastes, increased cellular metabolism and vasodilation.
What are the benefits of massage therapy? Benefits may include but are not limited to: Increased circulation of blood and lymph flow, relaxed musculature, reduced pain, reduced anxiety and stress, improved immune system function, improved digestion, increased body awareness and ease of movement, improved posture, healing of soft tissue injuries, and reduction of scar tissue.
What are the types of massage therapy? There are many modalities included under the generic term ‘Massage’. A trained Therapist customizes a session to fit the client’s needs. This can span from relaxation Swedish massage to Deep Tissue Trigger Point massage, fascial release and strain/counter-strain. Our practitioners are certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, which is a more site-specific type of massage.
What are the psychological effects of massage therapy? Massage therapy may release unexpressed emotions and enhance mental clarity. It can create a nurturing, trusting and safe environment that allows for clients to become their own healers, balancing the flow of energy within or around the body.