THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Fort Wayne's Premier Massage Therapy Clinic and Wellness Spa

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“Healing is a process, not an event.” John Barnes, PT

Therapeutic Massage Sessions are customized and may include a variety of therapeutic modalities (described below) depending upon your individual treatment needs. You may also schedule with a VLW Therapist who specializes in specific modalities.

Therapeutic Massage 

 

  •   1 hr $70
  •   1.5 hr $95
  •   2 hr $130

A Therapeutic Massage session is totally individualized for each client depending upon your treatment needs. Each Massage Therapist will determine which techniques or modalities to use to deliver the best results. Every therapist is different and has different areas of expertise. You may prefer to work with one therapist exclusively or a variety of therapists over time, depending upon your need at the time.

Therapeutic Massage is about accurate assessment, specific treatment and excellent results… experienced in a deeply relaxing and healing environment. The goal of Therapeutic Massage is to relieve pain and restore freedom of movement by identifying and treating the underlying cause of the problem. This requires that Therapists have advanced training in assessment as well as treatment. Therapeutic Massage is generally “problem oriented” and is not a full body massage. Many of the different treatment modalities available to you are explained here.

Deep Tissue Therapy 

 

  •   1 hr $70
  •   1.5 hr $95
  •   2 hr $130 

Deep Tissue Therapy is NOT the same as a deep pressure full body massage.  Deep Tissue Therapy is a specialized type of bodywork aimed at restoring maximum movement, flexibility, strength and relief of pain due to contracted, restricted deep musculature. Each layer is relaxed progressively in order to reach the affected layer or layers (forcing causes pain & poor results). Deep Tissue Therapy focuses on specific body areas/regions, not “full body”. You may need to have many areas addressed if your body is chronically tense and contracted like most people with chronic life stress. To address all of the areas needed you will need to schedule a longer appointment time – a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Chronic muscle tension or injury typically develops adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can inhibit circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep Tissue Therapy breaks down adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. Deep Tissue Therapy is performed with great sensitivity to the client’s comfort level and is deeply relaxing.

Myofascial Release (MFR) 

 

  •   1 hr $70
  •   1.5 hr $95
  •   2 hr $130

Myofascial Release is an extremely effective and deeply relaxing type of treatment for all ages – infants to geriatrics. Do you feel like you’re ‘wound too tight’, ‘shrink wrapped’, or have unrelenting pain? Have you had all types of medical diagnostic testing and treatment – even failed surgeries? Or maybe you’ve tried traditional physical therapy or massage therapy without results? MFR may be the answer. Fascia is a tough connective tissue interwoven throughout the body like a three dimensional web from head to toe. If you were to tug on one part of a spider’s web the entire web would move and create a tightening or pulling effect in various areas. The same thing happens in the fascial system; therefore, when the therapist is able to facilitate a “release” in one area of the fascia the effect can be widespread. Unrestricted, it provides support and flexibility to all structures of the body. When restricted, it can wreak havoc on your body and emotions. Injury, surgery, radiation treatment, physical or emotional traumas, chronic inflammation, stress, scar tissue and chronic postural habits from daily activities or work cause these fascial fibers to tighten down, shorten, thicken and adhere (glue together), putting abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, organs and the brain. Acute or chronic pain, limitation with movement, structural misalignment and degeneration, and a weakened immune system are some of the repercussions. Myofascial Release can be the blessing for which you’ve been searching!

Trigger Point Therapy 

 

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Trigger Point Therapy is a specialized type of bodywork focused on an individual’s referred pain patterns and the trigger points that typically create them. We include Trigger Point work wherever it is needed within all types of Therapeutic Massage rather than as a stand alone therapy. Trigger Point Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that can even be used at home. Myofascial trigger points are tiny contraction knots that develop in a muscle or connective tissue when it is injured or overworked. Even though the pain you’re experiencing is in one area, the trigger point is typically in another area – hence, the ‘referred’ pain pattern. Left untreated, such trigger/tender points often lead to restricted and painful movement of entire body regions.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) 

 

  •   1 hr $70
  •   1.5 hr $95

Using a gentle touch, Craniosacral Therapy is deeply relaxing as well as consistently beneficial in improving the functioning of the nervous system by releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. As the name implies Craniosacral Therapy addresses the important connection between your cranium (head) and its direct link through the spine to the sacrum (base of spine) and pelvic girdle which influences the parasympathetic nervous system (i.e. “rest and repose” – intended to undo the damaging response to stress). Our lives are inundated with constant stress which has the potential to do much damage – physically, emotionally and mentally. This sustained stress overloads the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in undue strain on your heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, etc….  Craniosacral Therapy’s tremendous influence on the parasympathetic nervous system brings healing and balance in many unexpected ways throughout your entire body.

Thai-Shiatsu Massage 

 

  •   1 hr $75
  •   1.5 hr $100   

Thai massage is influenced by yoga asanas and emphasizes meditative rhythmic hand pressure and deep stretches. Shiatsu is based upon the principles of Chinese and Japanese meridians of energy and utilizes pressure on acupuncture points to accomplish health goals. This combination gives you the best of both traditions.

In Thai-Shiatsu Massage, you are fully clothed in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. This massage is performed on a mat on the floor, and no oil or lotion is applied. The treatment consists of passive yoga-like stretches, with rhythmic compressions along specific “Sen” energy lines and muscles in the body. Thai-Shiatsu Massage is the perfect marriage of yoga, bodywork and energetic healing. By using body weight and leverage, correct posture and the hands, thumbs, elbows, knees, feet and forearms the massage is able to release restrictions deep within the soft tissue. Because this massage is working on the different body layers (koshas) the release works on emotional, physical and energetic levels. Thai-Shiatsu Massage feels amazing, is extremely effective, and is incredibly relaxing.

Lymph Drainage  

 

  •   1 hr $70
  •   1.5 hr $95 (preferred treatment time)
  •   2 hr $130

At this time we offer lymph drainage within the massage - not a full lymph drainage massage.  Traditional Lymph Drainage uses a very light and gentle touch. The proper functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system is critical to your body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and maintain a healthy immune system. It’s a complex system comprised primarily of lymphatic vessels and nodes that require physical movement (exercise) or massage to stimulate the functioning of the lymphatic system. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised. This opens the way to many physical ailments. The lymphatic system may be insufficient or the pathways blocked due to surgery, trauma, fatigue, on-going stress, lack of physical activity, emotional overload, cold temperatures, infections, significant swelling, age, chemicals or food additives. Lymph Drainage is an advanced but gentle therapy in which the therapist uses a range of specialized and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the lymph in the direction of the natural lymphatic flow.  Lymph Drainage is an extremely beneficial component in the treatment and control of lymphedema (lymphatic congestion, fluid retention and swelling).

  •   Cellulite reduction and weight loss
  •   Control of and treatment for lymphedema
  •  Improve chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  •   Improve digestion and circulation
  •   Is preventative and remedial
  •   Minimize or reduce stretch marks
  •   Promote detoxification of the body
  •   Promote healing of wounds and burns, improves the appearance of old scars
  •   Promote the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
  •   Reduce stress and improve sleep
  •   Relieve edema (swelling, fluid retention): swelling after trauma and surgery, swollen extremities, tired puffy eyes, swollen legs during pregnancy
  •   Relieve inflammation, sinusitis, allergies, acne and other skin disorders
  •   Strengthen the immune system

Couples Massage 

 

      •   Separate Rooms  1 hr $140           1.5 hr $190          2 hr $260

      •   Couples Same Room (Sedona) 1 hr  $160     1.5 hr $210

Couples Massage is perfect not only for partners but also for moms and daughters or best friends; it's a great way to relax and spend quality time.  VLW offers several different experiences for couples. Some people like to come together but have their own experience (separate rooms).  For instance, one person prefers Therapeutic Massage rather than Relaxation Massage or one partner prefers talking while the other prefers quiet. You get the treatment you prefer and can have fun sharing your experiences afterward.  If you prefer to be in the same room, the Sedona Room is specially dedicated to Couples' Relaxation Massage.  If you prefer a more romantic experience, we have our Hearts on Fire Spa Package in the Sedona Room or choose the Light Room with a romantic fireplace. Spa Packages are provided to you at discounted prices and are available all year round.  Chocolates are included with both Hearts on Fire Packages!

Prenatal Massage 

 

      •   1 hr $70
      •   1.5 hr $95

Husbands are great, but their attention span for massaging is, well…. short! You need us. Prenatal massage is beneficial to relax and rejuvenate or to treat specific prenatal (or chronic) issues.  Pregnancy is a time in a woman’s life when many changes are occurring in a very short time. Due to the resultant life-style changes and hormonal fluctuations, a woman may experience varied physical discomforts and fatigue as well as emotional upheaval. Prenatal Massage benefits the general health and well being of the mother and baby. Psoas work prenatally (releasing a specific core muscle) can really ease pregnancy discomforts and aid delivery!

Oncology Massage 

 

      •   1 hr $70
      •   1.5 hr $95

Oncology Massage Therapy can appreciably enhance your healing process if you have been diagnosed with cancer.  Whether you are currently receiving treatment, are in the decision process about what your treatment will be, or have recently completed treatment for cancer, an oncology massage can help build your health, diminish adverse effects and restore your relationship with your body.

      •   Decreases symptoms related to chemotherapy and radiation such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
      •   Increases the effectiveness of other treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy or a medical procedure.
      •   Sedates or stimulates the nervous system.
      •   Increases your awareness of stress signals.
      •   Increases alertness and mental clarity.
      •   Improves bowel activity / elimination.
      •   Decreases anxiety and depression.
      •   Stimulates faster wound healing.
      •   Encourages deeper respiration.
      •   Decreases edema (swelling).
      •   Increases range of motion.
      •   Relieves muscle soreness.
      •   Increases circulation.
      •   Provides pain relief.

* From Medicine Hands, by Gayle McDonald, MS, LMT

Reiki  

 

      •   1 hr $70
      •   1.5 hr $95

Check with the Front Desk concerning Therapist availability.  Reiki (pronounced Ray’ Key) is a type of energy work, an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses Universal Life Energy to heal and balance the subtle energies within your body. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing. It is deeply relaxing, extremely effective and a wonderful complementary therapy in any healing or wellness program. There are no contraindications or ill effects when using Reiki. Generally you’ll lie on your back, fully clothed, on a massage table, although, depending upon the need you could also be sitting. For example this work is extremely beneficial for someone who has suffered a concussion or has headaches; we might provide some of your treatment with you sitting. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands lightly on or above different parts of your clothed body. The hands are intended to be a conduit for Universal Life Energy, balancing energy within and around the body. A Reiki session usually lasts about an hour. Some practitioners follow a predetermined sequence of hand placements, allowing their hands to rest on each body placement area for 2 to 5 minutes before moving on to the next. Intuitive practitioners may move their hands in a seemingly random order to the area where they feel the energy is most needed. Sometimes direct touch is not indicated so the practitioner will have their hands a few inches above your body. You may or may not “feel” anything but clients often notice the practitioner’s hands are very warm with a deep penetrating comforting heat.

Geriatric Massage 

 

      •   1 hr $70
      •   1.5 hr $95

Geriatric Massage is usually used on someone who is elderly, frail, or ill and is designed to treat the physiological aspects of aging and its associated diseases. It is very gentle, caring and lends human touch to those who need it most. The result of a geriatric massage program is truly amazing. Quality of life is improved in all areas: physical, spiritual, emotional and mental. No one is too old!  VLW Therapists assess each client for health conditions in which massage therapy would be contraindicated. In that case, another form of beneficial therapy might be suggested.

Fully Clothed Therapeutic Massage 

 

      •   1 hr $70
      •   1.5 hr $95
      •   2 hr $130

All Vital Living Massage Therapists are extremely professional and conscientious concerning your particular needs. Therapeutic Massage can be accomplished through clothing.