Therapeutic Massage

 

Licensed Massage Therapists:

Elise Frost, LMT

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

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.

Schedule with Elise

 

Lynn Shipley, LMT

(Frances) Lynn Shipley, L.M.T

Lynn Shipley is an experienced massage therapist who has been practicing in Silvis, IL and now offering massage therapy services in Davenport, IA.  Lynn has offered massage at assisted living facilities to physical therapy offices.  Her techniques are therapeutic based with light to medium pressure.  Lynn will customize sessions to meet a client’s needs.  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.  

Schedule with Lynn

 

Anke Fronz, LMT

Anke Fronz L.M.T., Anke’s Mindful Therapies, LLC

Anke Fronz is a massage therapist who uses her background of massage, physical therapy, wellness coaching, Reiki, sound healing, and meditation to help her clients flourish and step into a healthier version of themselves.  She trained at SOHMAR outside of Chicago.  Anke uses medium to firm pressure with techniques including Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, integrative massage, and stretching.  You can also add aromatherapy or tuning fork therapy to your massage.

Schedule with Anke

 

Anne Molyneaux, LMT

Anne Molyneaux, L.M.T.

Anne Molyneaux is a massage therapist who offers Swedish massage.  Her massage techniques use medium to firm pressure to relax tension and help with muscle pain.  Anne is semi-retired and only accepting appointments with her existing clients.  Existing clients can text Anne to set up their massage appointments.

Schedule with Anne

 

What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage is offered by a licensed and trained therapist who manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin using varying amounts of pressure and movement.  There are many types and styles that therapists may use:

  • 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.  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. The goal is to find the source of your pain and treat it while providing a relaxing experience.
  • Therapeutic Massage.  This is a combination of Swedish massage with other therapeutic styles of massage that give you a customized session based on your needs and preferences.  Areas of discomfort will be addressed more thoroughly while still getting a relaxing experience.  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.  
  • Swedish 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. 
  • Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger Point Therapy manually addresses restrictions (“knots”) in the muscles and fascia.  It uses deep, specific pressure to break apart knots that can cause pain, muscle weakness, and muscle fatigue. 

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

Enhanced Massage Services:

If you are looking for more than a massage, the therapists offer a wide range of combination sessions and add-ons.

  • Cupping & Therapeutic Massage: Cupping has been a historic part of traditional Chinese medicine and been used for thousands of years. A cupping and therapeutic massage session is updated twist on traditional cupping. The therapist starts with traditional massage according to your pressure preference and finds areas of tension. She will then place cups over those area and let them sit to allow the tension in the muscle to relax and ease up. The easiest way to think of this style of cupping is thinking of it as a reverse massage.  Instead of the massage therapist pushing tissue, it is getting pulled.
    • Cupping can have benefits similar to massage therapy, but can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite, increase blood flow to a muscle, and reduce muscle adhesions.
  • Tuning Fork Therapy with Massage: Medical professionals have used ultrasonic wands to help break down tissue tension, move fluid and reduce inflammation. Tuning Fork Therapy works in a similar way and is a wonderful and effective method of applying sound to the body. The sound effects acupressure points and can break down trigger points and muscle tension. Therefore, it can help relieve pain and attune the body on a cellular level. When combined with massage, it is relaxing and rejuvenating.
    • The benefits of Tuning Fork Therapy are it tunes natural cycles of the body, aids digestion, reduces inflammation, increases bone density, promotes healing of strained muscle, and helps with sleep.
  • Massage with Aromatherapy:  Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic essential oils extracted from plants to promote wellness and balance in your body.  During the massage, oils may be defused into the air or mixed into the massage lotion.  The blend is customized to your needs and preferences for each session.  It is a great way to add another layer of benefit to your massage.
    • Aromatherapy benefits can range from decreased anxiety to improvements in health conditions.  Be sure to let your therapist know about any allergies or sensitivities. 

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 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 start massaging and evaluating through touch areas that are painful or tense.  

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.

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