Sheila Anne Price
Licensed Massage Therapist


Customized Therapeutic Massage
A system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

Deep Tissue
A technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas.

Chair Massage
A type of massage administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially-designed chair. It allows the massage therapist to massage the muscles of the back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands.

Massages can do more than relax you, they may also help you heal. A recent survey from the American Massage Therapy Association shows that nearly one-third of people who schedule rubdowns are using them to treat medical conditions. The following massages may ease symptoms of various health problems.

Health Problem / Type of Massage The Basics Benefits
Migraines and tension headaches / Cranial sacral therapy An hour long fingertip technique on the head. It helps cerebral spinal fluid flow ($80 to $150). A Boulder College of Massage Therapy study found it reduces frequency and duration.
Carpal tunnel syndrome / Trigger point therapy A 20- to 30- minute kneading of the hands, arms, shoulders and neck ($50 to $80). The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that it reduces pain.
Neck ache / Neuromuscular massage Thumbs are pressed on nodules in the neck, shoulders and back for 50 minutes ($80 to $125). Deep tissue pressure can release muscle knots. After, apply ice or soak in a salt bath for extra relief.
Chronic lower back pain / Myofascial release therapy A 50-minute flat-handed technique stretches tissue to reduce tension in back muscles ($80 to $150). Lower back pain can be caused by upper back muscles, so this full-back treatment may help.
Hypertension / Swedish Massage A 60-minute, full-body treatment involves long, gliding strokes and tapping ($70 to $150). Research has shown that full-body massage can decrease diastolic blood pressure and ease stress.

This info was first printed in the Sept. 2008 Family Circle magazine.