Massage therapy, in general, is the use of appropriate massage techniques to address a client's current body condition whether that is a specific dysfunction or an overall need for relaxation. To this end, I will perform a consultation with you at the start of each of your visits to assess where you are both physically and emotionally which will allow me to best serve your needs. Body and mind must work together to allow humans to obtain optimal health; massage addresses both of these aspects in every session. Your comfort while at Vital Life Massage is of the utmost importance to me.
The general techniques that I use are listed below. In most cases, however, more than one technique will be used during your session and each will be seamlessly melded together with the other.
I am also certified in the specialty technique branded ~~Migraine Miracle®
which is a treatment used while the individual is experiencing a migraine.
CHAIR MASSAGE - Chair massage refers to massage given with the recipient seated in an ordinary or special massage chair. Recipients remain clothed in chair massage. It has been called on-site massage when the chair is taken to a public place such as an office or commercial establishment.
COLD STONE THERAPY- Used to address the vascular component of the migraine/headache. The therapist will need to try to reduce the overabundant blood flow to the head and brain with cold stones, thereby normalizing the blood flow.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE - Deep tissue massage is also called deep muscle therapy or deep tissue therapy. It is an umbrella term for bodywork systems that work deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains.
HOT STONE THERAPY - Technique that uses heated stones to relax and massage sore muscles. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools.
MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE - Manual lymph drainage is a gentle method of promoting movement of lymph into and through the lymphatic vessels. It reduces edema, a condition in which the tissues of the body contain an excessive amount of fluid.
MYOFASCIAL MASSAGE - Myo means muscle and fascia is the elastic connective tissue wrapped around muscles and other parts of the body. During myofascial release restrictions (stuck areas) are located and gentle sliding pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction to stretch the tissues. The stretching of tissues and the heat imparted by the practitioner's hands are thought to help produce a softer consistency of fascial tissues.
SPORTS MASSAGE - Sports massage is applied to athletes to help them train and perform free of pain and injuries. Massage therapists blend classic Swedish strokes with such methods as compression, pressure-point therapy, cross-fiber friction, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy and cryotherapy (ice massage) to meet the special needs of high-level performers and fitness enthusiasts.
SWEDISH MASSAGE - Swedish massage is also known as the Western or classic style of massage. It is credited to the Swedish fencing master and gymnastics instructor, Per Henrik Ling. It is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation or health maintenance. Swedish massage therapy is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement (or percussion) and vibration.
TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE - Trigger point massage utilizes ischemic compression of individual areas of hypersensitivity in muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. These trigger points are defined by their referral of pain to distant locations in muscles, connective tissues and organs. Janet Travell, M.D., pioneered trigger point therapy in the United States.
At Vital Life Massage every treatment is customized to each client's need and current health status. To that end, most of my treatments are charged out by service time and not by treatment style. I consult with all of my clients at each visit and come to a mutual decision on how much time needs to be spent to address any specific dysfunctions the client is feeling and those that are discovered during the treatment. The following are a list of my charges for treatment session times and additional treatment services:
$30 for 30 minutes
$45 for 45 minutes
$58 for 60 minutes
$72 for 75 minutes
$85 for 90 minutes
$75 for Migraine Miracle Treatment
$100 for a 90 minute Hot Stone Full-Body Treatment
I accept cash, check, Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express as payment at the time of service. I do not accept any type of insurance at this time but will be happy to provide you with a detailed receipt, upon request, if you would like to file with your insurance directly.
Please, if at all possible, provide me with 24 hours notice for cancellation of your appointment.
1051 Madison Avenue, Suite 1, Mankato, MN 56001 ~ Phone: 507/420-4654 ~ Fax: 507/524-3228 ~ Lisa@VitalLifeMassage.com