Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Massage treatments address stress and pain relief as well as as soft-tissue injuries such as tendonitis, ligament sprains, and muscle strain. Benefits include relief from chronic pain, soft tissue injuries, secondary pain, joint restriction, forced  inactivity issues, muscle soreness, tension and spasm, back problems, tension-related headaches, eyestrain, sinus related problems, fluid retention, and more. Massage can improve circulation, lessen inflammation and swelling, increase range of motion, and strengthen the immune system. Best of all, massage can help relieve mental and physical fatigue.

The Therapists at The Dharma Center use many types of massage techniques. Ask about them!

Aromatherapy is available by request with the massage services. Therapists individualize treatments using a variety of pure essential oils and blends that contain only natural ingredients.

Therapeutic Massage at The Dharma Center includes a full range of massage techniques: Relaxing Swedish, Medical, Integrative Massage, A.I.S. (Active Isolated Stretching), Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Reflexology. Specialty treatments include Hot Stone, Side-by-Side, Spa Foot and Hand Massage.

The History of Massage

History of massage

Massage is thought to be the oldest form of medical therapy practiced on the human body. The different types of massage and the various techniques that encompass them stem from our most celebrated civilizations and their traditional beliefs ancient Greek and Rome, ancient India and China.

Dating as far back as 2,700 B.C., ancient Eastern Chinese cultures practiced massage to heal a variety of ailments from labor pain to paralysis. Ancient Egyptian tombs have been discovered adorned with images of figures being massaged. In addition, according to traditional Indian medicine, a system known as Ayurveda, therapeutic massage was performed using a variety of aromatherapy oils and spices for their healing properties. Even Greek and Roman heroes – such as the great Julius Caesar – underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

In Western culture the most practiced form of massage is undoubtedly Swedish massage. First introduced in the 19th century, Swedish masseuses were thought to have borrowed many of their techniques from traditional China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome masseuses. A variety of the most effective massage techniques have also been incorporated into other complementary therapies – Aromatherapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Rolfing, Amma therapy and Osteopathy.

Many of our now popular modern massage techniques were created in order to heal specific health conditions. For example, soldiers who fought in World War I were administered massage for nerve damage and to soothe shell shock in western hospitals during the 1930s.

Massage is still used today for treating a wide range of ages from babies to seniors – in a variety of intensive care, health club, and health clinic and hospital settings. To this day, massage is still used to treat various conditions such as premature birth, various types of cancer, AIDS, osteoarthritis, lumbar back pain, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, paralysis, heart attack, and stroke. Click on the links below to discover an amazing variety of massage therapy techniques. You’re almost certain to find a popular style that suits your body perfectly!


Source the University of Memphis Copyright 2014


Did you know:

That on-site Seated Massage for the workplace is a simple, cost-effective way to introduce a wellness program at your business?

Masseuse massaging clients hand in massage chair in bright room
This massage is a short massage technique is given at your business by a professional practitioner using a massage chair. This massage lasts from 15 to 20 minutes, uses no oil, takes place with the employee fully clothed, and usually covers the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. Call our Wellness Coordinator for more information on this convenient and effective program.


The Dharma Center Therapists are registered with Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)