Your CPMC massage therapist can incorporate multiple techniques and customize each session depending on your needs. Please call (415) 600-0500 to make an appointment and to request your preference.
- Acupressure or Shiatsu Massage — Based on Asian systems that define energy paths, called meridians or chi, throughout the body, pressure is applied along the meridians to release blocked energy, alleviate pain symptoms and harmonize the body. This method may also use range-of-motion movements and passive stretches.
- Cranio-sacral Therapy (CTS) Massage — Gentle massage to the head, neck and base of spinal cord to encourage and improve those systems’ natural mechanisms. This dissipates stress, increases disease resistance and enhances general health.
- Deep Tissue Massage — Pressure from hands, fingers, elbows, palms and knuckles work on deeper musculoskeletal structures, releasing chronic tension and pain associated with stress, overexertion and injury. This technique is not suited for some conditions, so discuss this method with your massage therapist before the session begins. Deep, slow breathing is essential during the massage.
- Oncology Massage — If you’re in cancer treatment or survivorship, you’ll receive a personalized session with adjustments for positioning, pressure and pace. Your therapist will take into account concerns such as medical devices; bone integrity and vital organ involvement; side effects of drugs, surgery or radiation; compromised lymph nodes, blood clots or blood cell counts; and more. (Massage modifications can continue even decades after treatment.)
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage — Performed in a side-lying position with many pillows and wedges for comfort. You can request any massage technique, but acupressure is frequently helpful. All WHRC massage therapists are nationally certified in Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage and have completed advanced training. Post-partum massage for both mom and baby must be requested in advance.
- Swedish (Esalen) Massage — The most common and well-known form of massage in the United States. Using oil or lotion, the therapist uses long, soothing strokes to circulate blood and lymph fluids, release toxins, ease aches and pains and promote deep relaxation.
- Trigger Point Release Massage — Continuous pressure applied for up to two minutes on specific locations to release muscle tension.
Check with your health insurance provider to learn if massage therapy sessions are covered by your insurance.