Therapeutic Massage

 

Licensed Massage Therapists:

Anne Molyneaux, L.M.T., Indeed FC, LLC:

Anne Molyneaux is a licensed massage therapist and personal trainer.  Anne gives a great tradition Swedish massage with medium to firm pressure.  Just let her know if you need more or less pressure, and she will quickly adjust to give you a customized massage working out tension and stress with ease.  When Anne isn’t massaging,  she trains for 9Round Fitness in Bettendorf. 

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Elise Frost, L.M.T., Labyrinth Integrated Movement & Bodywork (LIMB)

Elise has trained and practiced professionally as a dance scholar and artist since 2008 and has cultivated a diverse skillset bridging movement, business administration, and research.  Her interests and experience merged into the field of bodywork and movement education.  Elise’s has specialized massage training in the following techniques: Alexander, BMC, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Skinner Release, Feldenkrais and multiple dance forms all of which she uses to influence her bodywork practice.  Elise offers Integrative Therapeutic Massage sessions that allow her to custom blend her techniques to fit your needs.  If you are looking for a skilled deep tissue massage therapist who has extensive training in the therapeutic aspects of massage, Elise Frost is the right massage therapist for you.

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Elisa Coffman, L.M.T, Room to Renew

Elisa Coffman’s experience includes Swedish, Orthopedic & Geriatric Elder Massage, Compassionate & Healing Touch, Reiki Energy, and Hawaiian Healing.  She combines these specialized massage techniques in her Integrative Therapeutic Massage session to allow for a customized approach to client’s needs rather than a spa menu of services.   Elisa describes her massage style as “very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.”

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What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage is a “type of treatment in which a trained and certified medical professional manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin — using varying degrees of pressure and movement.” (Mayo Clinic) Or in non-medical speak: the rubbing, kneading, and manipulating of the muscles. There are many types and hybrid types that therapists may use but generally there is:

  • Swedish Massage. A licensed massage therapist uses a variety of techniques based on your preference for massage pressure and reason for massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Integrative Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage. All sessions are designed specifically for clients individual needs and made exquisite with complimentary hot towels, a warm table and aromatherapy if desired. Because our goal is to treat clients, we don’t part and parcel our services. Your session might include a variety of techniques including Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Thai massage techniques, and Neuromuscular Therapies if it meets your needs and desires. Our goal is to find the source of your pain and treat it while providing a relaxing experience.
  • Integrative Therapeutic Massage.  Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation.  This is combined with other therapeutic styles of massage and energy work to give you a customized session based on your needs and preferences.  The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

As these are the specific types of massage, most therapists will discuss what your concerns and goals are for the session and accommodate accordingly.

What can I expect during my first appointment?

Preparing for a massage doesn’t require any special preparations. Before a massage therapy session starts, your therapist will ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage that you’ve indicated on the intake sheet. Then you both can discuss the best course of action for the most productive session.

To receive the most benefits from a session, you undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You will lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet and blanket. Your massage therapist will perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.

Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.

If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure and vice versa. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes too painful, you should always let your therapist know.

What can I expect after a massage therapy session?

Water, water, water. As with any other session like this, blood flow is heightened and needs water to help the muscle recover and flush out toxins. It is not uncommon for there to be pain, soreness, and stiffness in the following days after a massage therapy session. This is due to the muscles being worked in ways that they were not previously accustomed. If this is something you’d like to avoid let your therapist know ahead of time so they can plan accordingly.

https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/1/News/detail/3124/25-reasons-to-get-a-massage

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/massage-therapy/about/pac-20384595

Massage is not just luxurious.  It’s a way to a happier, healthier life!