What is Integrative Massage?

An integrative therapy is one that combines multiple treatment modalities into a single appointment, creating a synergistic and much more effective treatment. At Transformations Wellness, I don’t simply offer a basic “fluff & buff” massage service – I make use of as many advanced modalities and technologies as I have access to in order to customize your treatment based on your needs and what your body responds to. I can integrate advanced, holistic, and conventional techniques into your massage service, trying different combinations of therapies, until we (together) determine which therapies your unique body responds to the best. Each treatment you receive may be similar to the last, or it may be very different, depending on the path we choose to explore together at any given appointment.

My holistic approach to massage means that I’m not as concerned with your symptoms as I am concerned with the cause of your symptoms, and ensuring that the root of your pain or posture problems is addressed.

When combined with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Massage ensures equal distribution of oxygen, as well as stimulates the flow of blood and lymph. Combining your Holistic Massage treatments with regular  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (which gently pushes oxygen from the bloodstream into oxygen-deprived areas of the body, such as the brain and other vital organs, allowing all other types of therapy to work better), Holistic Manual Therapy (which releases fascial restrictions that cause mayhem in the body, such as preventing oxygen from entering your tissues and organs, promoting poor posture, and causing pain and other dysfunction in the body), and Class IV Therapeutic Laser (which can be effectively used to alleviate localized pain and to accelerate the healing process, especially wounds, burns, joint pain, sprains & strains, and post-surgical rehabilitation) provides best results. In order to help you determine the best combination of treatments to fit your needs, please schedule a consultation first!

More about Massage and Holistic Manual Therapy:

The results of conventional massage therapy are cumulative, which means that the more you get, the more you benefit. It also means that, when you stop receiving massage, your benefits start to wear off, and you start to lose the progress you made. Holistic Manual Therapy is different in that the results you get from it are 100% permanent – so whether you choose to get treatments every day or only once per month, you get to keep all the benefit you walk away with FOREVER!

When I provide a massage, I take my time and make sure the job is done right, so your body has the best possible chance of restoring itself to your optimal state of health and wellbeing. I apply holistic principles to my massage treatments in order to ensure that you get the best and most long-lasting results that are possible to receive from a massage, and I’ll also do my best to help you understand the difference between conventional therapy and holistic therapy, so you can make informed choices with regard to your treatments, and so you can be an active participant in your continued care.

How does Integrative Massage differ from conventional massage? What does an Integrative Massage look/feel like? 
Scroll down to FAQ for answers to these and other questions.

How To Save Money By Getting More Benefit From Each Massage You Receive

Massage is NOT just a luxury, feel-good service – it’s one of many healthy lifestyle choices. However, the results of conventional Massage Therapy are cumulative, so just getting one massage a couple times per year isn’t going to do very much to make you healthier. My clients join me in a regular, ongoing team effort to promote, support, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, with Integrative Massage Therapy at the very foundation of that effort.

Did you know? Unlike massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care, the results & benefits you receive from Holistic Manual Therapy don’t wear off over time, so you won’t keep returning for treatment over and over with the exact same complaints – you’ll simply feel better and better after each treatment you receive! So, if you’re really serious about addressing the SOURCE of your pain or posture problems, you’ll want to consider starting with a Holistic Manual Therapy Program. If you’d rather enjoy a more conventional approach, then you’re on the right page.

Integrative Massage Therapy & Bodywork Services

All services on this page are 90-minutes in length and are integrated with advanced techniques

When you arrive at your appointment with complaints about pain or tension, I’ll start your treatment out by addressing those problems – first and foremost! I’ll use advanced techniques like Active Release, Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT), Cupping Therapy, Rapid Release Technology, or whatever your body seems to respond to most effectively. Then IF there’s enough time left, and if you like, I can try to work in a full-body relaxation or preventative maintenance massage – otherwise, we can spend the entire appointment just focusing on your needs. If you don’t have any particular pain or problems to report, then you’ll receive a customized premium-quality maintenance massage, with particular attention to detail!

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Laramie County Residents may receive their first 90-minute Integrative Massage demonstration for the introductory price of $70!
Rapid Release Technology

Rapid Release Therapy is an optional pre-treatment that can be used to help break up soft tissue restrictions & scar tissue, alleviate painful trigger points, and increase range of motion. This pre-treatment helps to make your massage treatment even more relaxing, comfortable, and effective. This is not merely a vibrating massager – Rapid Release Technology is a high-tech, FDA-registered Class 1 medical device which delivers precisely targeted energy to quickly release pain and tension by combining high frequency vibrations with short-stroke action. This service is offered at no additional charge with any massage. Home units are available for sale.

“Deep Tissue” Massage,
Neuromuscular Therapy &
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

Despite popular misconception, Deep Tissue Therapy is all about technique and has nothing to do with pressure at all. A skilled therapist can penetrate deep into your muscle tissue without causing any pain whatsoever. Click here for detailed information about Deep Tissue techniques.

 

 

CranioSacral Work

This deeply relaxing and profoundly healing treatment focuses on the fascia, the brain, the central nervous system, the cranium (the head), the spine, and the sacrum (the triangle-shaped bone at the base of your spine).

Swedish Massage

is relaxing, soothing, and moderately therapeutic in that it promotes and supports health, but is not problem-focused, unless it is combined with other techniques. Pressure can be adjusted from very light to very deep. Swedish massage helps to relieve minor aches and pains, stabilizes blood pressure, stimulates blood and lymph flow, elevates mood, and promotes quality sleep.

Foot Reflexology

Reflexology treats the entire body via reflex points located on the soles of the feet. It is very soothing and profoundly relaxing!

Prenatal & Postnatal Pregnancy Massage

Massage is safe and effective during all stages of pregnancy. Even the unborn child benefits from massage therapy! Postnatal Massage helps the mother recover from birth-trauma, and helps promote more productive sleep at night.

 

Trigger Point Therapy & Acupressure

Using fingertips or rubber-tipped tools, the therapist gently stimulates active trigger points and/or pressure points to help release painful restrictions in the muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

Energy Work

Using touch and perception, the therapist locates and removes energy blockages that cause dysfunction in the body

 

 

Cupping Therapy & Massage Cupping
FAQ

Q: How does Integrative Massage differ from conventional massage? What does an Integrative Massage look/feel like?
A: These are great questions, yet are difficult to answer with mere words (some things are easier to demonstrate than to describe.) However, there are some obvious differences that I will attempt to explain: The fact is that Massage Therapy is not holistic in nature (because it is symptom-based, as the therapist will attempt to alleviate your pain by working primarily in the area where you report the pain to exist), and the fascial system does not respond in a positive permanent way to movement (of course, in conventional massage, the therapists hands rarely stop moving.) When I provide a massage, I use the massage as an assessment tool to help me locate painful trigger points, adhesions, and other imbalances. Once I locate a problem area, I will stop the massage and apply one of several advanced methods in order to release it and bring it back into balance. Some techniques that I may use include Stephen Kaufman’s PNT (Pain Neutralization Therapy), cupping therapy, Rapid Release Technology, or in more serious cases, I may recommend a Holistic Manual Therapy appointment at a future visit (Holistic Manual Therapy cannot be implemented if there is oil or lotion already on the body.) Class IV Therapeutic Laser is another treatment I may recommend, when appropriate. Since the permanent release of pain-producing trigger points takes more time than skimming over them with massage techniques, your Integrative Massage appointment may or may not include coverage of the entire body in a single appointment, especially if you have multiple problem areas. My Integrative Massage methods are every bit as enjoyable as a conventional massage, but the results are much more profound and last a lot longer!

Q: How much is a monthly program for 1-hour appointments?
A: Integrative Massage Therapy strives to treat the entire body as a whole, including (and especially) the root cause of the problems – not just the symptoms. This type of quality service can’t be achieved in a single hour, because authentic healing takes time. Since all of my work comes from a holistic place and is results-focused, I do not offer appointments shorter than 90-minutes.

Q: I live out of town (or I’m on a fixed income) and I’m not able to commit to monthly appointments. Can I just pay your regular rate to receive your treatments when I’m in town (or when I can afford it)?
A: Of course you can! As I stated in the video above, any massage is better than no massage at all! If your budget or life circumstances don’t allow you to receive regular bodywork, but it is your desire to make the most of what’s available to you, I am honored to serve you as often as you are able to make it work!

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