Are You Looking For Massage Therapy?

integrative care benefits of massage therapy

Are you looking for massage in Baxter, MN?  There are many benefits to massage therapy, and many different forms of massage.  Our team at Axness Integrative Medicine wrote this article to help you better understand the services we have to offer.  Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions that you have.

5 Things To Look For In A L.M.T.

  • Is the therapist licensed and insured?
  • Is the facility providing the massages licensed by the state?
  • Massages should be overseen by a physician.
  • Make sure you're comfortable with the massage therapist that your working with.
  • Therapists should be current in continuing education credits.


Therapeutic massage is a natural, whole-person approach to treatment, involving the manipulation of soft tissues by rubbing, kneading, or pressing on particular areas of your body. Massages can be light with gentle strokes, or deep pressure kneading. The type of massage therapy given depends on the severity of your symptoms.

Your soft tissue (skin, muscles, tendons or ligaments) are stimulated to transmit electrical signals to the rest of your body. These signals alleviate pain or tension in the affected area and stimulate circulation to heal muscle damage. Additionally, massages can help release endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever, to reduce hormone stress levels.

The massage therapists at Axness Integrative Medicine aim to provide long-term relief from discomfort by offering a variety of massages based on your specific needs. They take the time to discuss the purpose of your visit to make sure they provide massage treatments that address your critical areas of concern.

Massage therapy provides multiple benefits. Even after one massage, you’ll feel mentally and physically refreshed, energized, and relaxed. Continuous massage therapy:

  • Reduces circulatory problems
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Decreases feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Prevents future aches and pains
  • Relieves pain from tight, stiff, and sore muscles

By improving circulation with massage therapy, you can boost blood flow and enhance delivery of nutrients to your body’s muscles and cells. Your tissues function efficiently, and you may experience swelling reduction in your soft tissues.

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Numbness and Tingling

Types of Massage Offered in Baxter

Swedish Massage
The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculoskeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.

The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching).

Pre-Natal / Pregnancy

Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.

Trigger Point Massage

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis.

Trigger point work is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.  It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.  Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

Sports Massage

Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.

But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck and shoulders, anyone?) This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa.

Reflexology Massage

Reflexology massage is a technique combined with massage to target pressure zones in your feet, hands, or outer ears. It promotes relaxation and brings balance to your body.

Our team at Axness Integrative Medicine in Baxter, MN is here to help you with all your massage therapy needs.

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Axness Integrative Medicine
7350 Clearwater Road N
Baxter, MN 56425
(218) 454-5050