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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is an age-old remedy and health practice. The healing systems of many cultures, including our own, use hands-on therapy to soothe aches and pains and facilitate the body’s own healing powers. Massage has been found to enhance general health and well-being throughout the lifespan. Many of the therapeutic effects of massage have been supported by scientific research. In addition to the commonly known benefits of relaxation, improved circulation, and relief for muscle tension, new applications for therapeutic massage are surfacing in areas related to emotional well-being, infant care, aging, immune system function, and other special situations. Therapeutic massage has many applications and variations, and is is frequently used to enhance the beneficial effects of other types of healthcare, including physical therapy.

At Body In Balance we offer the following massage options:

  • Medical
  • Swedish
  • Amma
  • Pre-natal (pregnancy)
  • Pallative care
  • Myofascial release
  • Accupressure
  • Deep Tissue

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE?

Enhances General Health

Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your health maintenance or wellness plan. It helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally.

  • Promotes well-nourished and healthy skin
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph
  • Relaxes muscles and improves joint mobility
  • Encourages general relaxation
  • Improves immune system functioning
  • Improves energy flow

Alleviates Problem Conditions

Therapeutic massage can help relieve certain common physical problems, and help bring the body back to optimal functioning.

  • General muscular tension and aches
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscular back pain
  • Poor circulation
  • Stress and anxiety

Supports Your Fitness or Sports Program

Therapeutic massage can be an important adjunct to a fitness or sports program, helping you achieve your performance goals with minimum injury and pain.

  • Relieves tired and sore muscles
  • Helps improve flexibility
  • Relaxes tight muscles
  • Speeds recovery from strenuous physical exertion
  • Reduces the anxiety of athletic competition

Combats the Negative Effects of Aging

Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state.

  • Enhances tissue elasticity and joint flexibility
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Promotes healthy and vibrant skin
  • Improves immune system functioning
  • Relieves muscle aches and stiffness

Relieves the Effects of Stress

Therapeutic massage helps balance the effects of stress in our lives, and avoid stress related disease and dysfunction.

  • Triggers the Relaxation Response
  • Relaxes tense muscles
  • Reduces anxiety level
  • Normalizes blocked energy flow
  • Improves immune system functioning
  • Restores a calm mind and feeling of well-being

Special Cases

Therapeutic massage can help in certain temporary or long-term situations which cause unique physical or mental challenges.

  • Mothers-to-be during pregnancy
  • Infant massage
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer related conditions

WHICH APPROACH IS BEST FOR YOU?

There are several popular approaches or styles of therapeutic massage. Each one has its own unique character, focus, techniques, and theoretical base. Some forms are more effective for certain goals than others. How do you know which one is best for you? Our experienced massage therapists use an eclectic approach, combining different forms of therapeutic massage in their sessions. Ask your massage therapist if the approach used is appropriate for your health goals.

Pamela Morris, Massage Therapist

Pamela Morris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an Associates of Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy from New York College of Health Professions, and a New York State License in Massage Therapy. She also holds a certification to practice the John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release technique.

Pamela has become a passionate advocate of holistic health and wellness ever since it burst onto the scene of her life as an alternative way to relieve chronic pain and significantly decrease the effects of a debilitating anxiety and depression disorder. After years of doctors giving her a myriad of pharmaceutical "cocktails" that left her disappointed and still suffering, she knew there had to be a better way. Receiving massage therapy was her first experience with holistic medicine, and she has never looked back since.

She believes that true health and wellness isn't ever truly achieved through a "pill" to be taken only when needed; it is a lifestyle that needs to be adapted and blanketed over every aspect of ones life, both for client and practitioner alike. With the proper resources, support, and commitment, she encourages everyone that seeks a better way, just like she did, to take a step of faith and invest in their health: not only in the short-term, fixing problems only when they occur, but for the long-term level of wellness that can be achieved by preventing those problems in the first place through holistic alternatives like massage therapy.

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Lorraine Moog, Massage Therapist, East Setauket office only

Lorraine Moog, Massage Therapist, LMT, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in the community since 1993.

She has her Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Science with a major in professional studies. She is a certified AMMA therapist and a certified Infant Massage Instructor.

Lorraine was a Massage Instructor at The New York College for eight years. Her specialty is in medical massage.  Other massage modalities include Prenatal Massage, European, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue and Reflexology.