At Arne Wellness Center, we take a hands-on approach to wellness healing by combining numerous treatments to help you heal, move better, and feel better. Along with our chiropractic care, acupuncture treatments, and natural medicine, we offer massage therapy, which combines traditional massage techniques with structural integration therapy to not only encourage circulation, release tension, and reduce pain, but to also improve movement, flexibility, and structural realignment. Because there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for each individual, our massage therapists will create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs, health goals, types of pain, and medical conditions. Our goal is to enhance your quality of life by removing musculoskeletal dysfunctions and reducing pain, which may be restricting your ability to do the things you love most. If you are ready to begin your path to optimal health and wellness, give our wellness center a call or reach out to us online to arrange your next massage in Littleton.

 

What Is Structural Integration Bodywork?

Structural integration therapy focuses on the soft structural tissues that improve function and movement of the entire structure of the body. In the 1940s, Dr. Ida P. Rolf developed structural integration as a holistic healing technique to rebalance and realign the body in accordance with earth’s gravitational pull, thereby alleviating misalignments in the body that contribute to pain and limited movement. Structural integration involves manually manipulating the fascia in the body to release tension in the connective tissues and muscles, thereby removing stiffness and tightness, increasing elasticity and flexibility, correcting alignment, encouraging better movement and function, and improving body mechanics.

Our Approach to Massage Therapy

Our massage therapy treatments integrate traditional massage therapy techniques while also focusing on manipulating the fascia in the body. Fascia is the most abundant tissue in the body, which is often to referred to as the “fascia web” due to its similarity in structure to that of a spider web. Fascia is a continuous, interconnected structure covering and attaching to each and every soft and hard tissue in the body, including muscles, nerves, arteries, veins, bones, and all the major organs. Not only do myofascial tissues encase and connect to hard and soft tissues, but it also supports them. Healthy fascia is relaxed, flexible, and malleable, whereas restricted fascia is stiff, tight, fixed, and tender. When someone experiences physical or emotional trauma, inflammation, and/or scarring from a surgical procedure or injury, these issues can restrict the myofascial tissues, thereby restricting movement, flexibility, function, and balance. As a result, tension in the fascia may cause or contribute to localized or widespread pain, misalignment, and muscle and joint restriction, which, ultimately, alters an individual’s body mechanics.

By manually manipulating the fascia, your massage therapist uses their fingers, hands, forearms, and elbows to press, stretch, and move the fascia with the goal of releasing and elongating the fascia. Furthermore, this approach helps to free tension in the muscles and joints, reduces pain, and encourages better movement.

Our Massage Therapy Treatments

Along with structural integration and myofascial release, we offer traditional massage techniques for neck and back pain relief to reduce chronic back pain, improve posture, encourage circulation, and stimulate better function and movement. 

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release massage involves stretching and massaging the fascia, combining gentle manual pressure, slow steady movements, and sustained pressure to release tension in the fascia by elongating the tissue. This allows the massage therapist to better palpate and address tension within the muscles, thus, enhancing the overall massage experience for effective tension and pain reduction with longer-lasting results.


Swedish Massage

Your massage therapist uses a light, gliding pressure to gently ease tension in the muscles while encouraging blood flow and increasing relaxation. Swedish massage is highly relaxing, making it an ideal treatment for pain, stress, and anxiety reduction.  


Deep Tissue Massage

Your massage therapist applies deeper, slower, focused pressure to the belly of the muscle to release tension and stiffness in the deeper layers of muscles. Deep tissue massage is ideal for injury recovery, sports injuries, chronic pain, and chronic tension.



Lymphatic Massage

Your massage practitioner applies gentle, slow, gliding movements to flush out toxins, enhance metabolism, and stimulate a healthy immune system.


Neuromuscular Therapy

Your massage therapist applies focused pressure to localized areas of the body called “trigger points.” Trigger points, also referred to as “knots,” are bundles of tense muscle fibers, which cause pain to radiate throughout the body. This massage treatment is ideal for active individuals, and those with injuries, stress, chronic pain, and chronic tension.


Reflexology

Your massage therapist applies focused pressure on reflex points in the feet which correlate with specific organs and glands in the body. Reflexology stimulates energy flow towards these corresponding areas to improve function in these organs, thereby enhancing function in the body as a whole.


Oncology Massage  

Carefully and thoughtfully designed specifically for individuals dealing with cancer and associated side effects that may cause pain, your massage therapist applies gentle massage techniques to alleviate pain and discomfort while boosting the immune system.

Benefits of Massage Therapy and Structural Integration Therapy

Massage therapy is an ideal treatment for people of all ages dealing with pain, tension, discomfort, injuries, stress (physical, emotional, and mental), chronic pain, and various health conditions, all of which tend to affect an individual’s quality of life. Integrating a focus on releasing tension in the fascia only enhances the massage techniques that our skilled practitioners employ. Massage therapy and structural integration may be beneficial for:

  • Relieving pain and discomfort
  • Reducing tension and stiffness
  • Improving movement and flexibility
  • Encouraging circulation of blood and lymph flow
  • Improving posture and structural alignment
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Calming or controlling digestive disorders
  • Relieving pain associated with fibromyalgia
  • Reducing migraines and headaches (pain levels, frequency, duration)
  • Breaking down scar tissue from injuries or surgical procedures
  • Improving better sleep
  • Alleviating insomnia
  • Addressing myofascial pain syndrome
  • Healing soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains
  • And so much more