Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

Decreases pain by stimulating production of endorphins
Enhances sense of well-being and body awareness
Decreases insomnia and improves sleep patterns
Reduces scar tissue formation
Reduces stress and anxiety
Increases mental alertness
Renews energy and vitality
Helps relieve depression
Lowers blood pressure
Improves circulation
Reduces swelling
Improves functioning of immune system
Improves skin condition, texture, and tone
Removes toxins and wastes from muscle tissue
Aids in relief of colic, constipation and bloating
Accelerates recovery from surgery and injuries
Reduces or eliminates muscle pain, soreness and fatigue

What to Expect

At an initial visit, clients are asked to fill out a two page Health History Form including contact information, a brief medical history, primary purpose of visit, and informed consent. After discussing this information with the client, the therapist leaves the room, allowing the client to undress to his/her level of comfort. Then the client lies down, covering him/herself with a sheet and rings a small hand bell to signal that s/he is ready. A face rest, bolster, towels, pillows, blankets, heated table, small fan and heater are provided to ensure clients are comfortable. A variety of quiet music and low lighting are also provided to help clients relax.

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The therapist tailors the massage according to her client's needs, avoiding any areas of the body sensitive to touch, using unscented, hypoallergenic oils, gels and lotions and checks with clients to make sure the pressure is appropriate for them. We offer full body massage, including the head, face, neck, back, abdomen, arms, hands, buttocks, legs and feet. Our goal is to provide safe, effective touch and meet the needs of our clients.

After the massage the therapist will ask for feedback and discuss any areas of concern or suggest stretches and exercises to assist the client in maintaining the benefits of the massage.

Melissa Kirkland Banno
Licensed Massage Therapist
NC License # 4402

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AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)

NCBMBT (NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapists)

Fascia Research Society

Holistic Health Practitioners of Eastern NC