206 S Union Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
Some of the physical benefits of massage include…
Alleviate spinal pain and improve range of motion
Ease medication dependence-often relieving migraine pain and lowering blood pressure
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body’s natural defense system
Stimulate and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ-the skin
Increase joint flexibility
Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
Reduce, relax, and soften injured, tired, overused muscles, relieving spasms and cramping
Release endorphins-amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
It is estimated that 90% of disease is stress related. Stress can age us faster, internally and externally and reduce our ability to fight of disease. While it is impossible to eliminate stress completely, regular massage can be helpful in managing stress.
Some of the emotional and mental benefits of massage include…
Decreased depression and anxiety
Enhanced sleep quality
Improved mental clarity and concentration
Whether you view massage as pampering, rejuvenating or therapeutic making massage a regular part of your overall wellness and healthcare routine will have profound benefits. Budgeting time and money for a massage is an investment in your health.
Types of massage we provide:
Swedish Massage – Generally relaxing with use of long slow strokes, kneading, with the intent of increasing circulation of blood flow towards the heart.
Deep Tissue Massage/Trigger Point Therapy- Deeper pressure is applied to muscles to release tension from the deep layers of muscles. Using precise techniques, trigger point therapy focuses on specific areas releasing knots and tension from muscles.
Sports Massage – Stretching combined with focused deep tissue treatment with the intention of alleviating fatigue and muscle soreness as part of treating active lifestyles.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy – Gentle strokes applied to move the Lymph toward the heart in an effort to facilitate the natural drainage of infection. Also useful in reducing edema.
Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage- Similar to Swedish massage with the focus on making sure the patient is comfortable and relaxed at all times. Special consideration will be taken for each individual keeping in mind what stage of pregnancy they are in.
Alicia Leusink - Massage Therapist