PALM SPRINGS MEDICAL MASSAGE

MEDICAL MASSAGE SERVICES

Our medical massage services differ from our traditional spa massage treatments in that they are outcome-based treatments conducted by a specially trained therapist. Medical massages focus on specific medical needs and are used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, relieve nerve compression, increase range of motion, or to treat a variety of other health care concerns. During your medical massage, your therapist will target your specific needs by employing a broad range of therapies and advanced techniques for muscle health and recovery. Your therapist will provide you with a targeted plan for your treatment including specific recommendations for a series of timed visits. You can also expect to see the same therapist for the entirety of your treatment plan to ensure the very best outcome. Read more below about the various techniques we use to deliver a comprehensive treatment for your pain management. 

Orthopedic Massage

A multidisciplinary approach to restore structural balance and address soft-tissue dysfunction, pain and injury. Through functional assessment and history-taking, we will determine the pathology of the musculoskeletal complaint and match the appropriate body work technique. The therapist will look at the range of motion, flexibility, and rotation of the tissues. This will help them determine what muscle groups and tendons are involved and which techniques would be best. Your massage therapist will use an assortment of soft-tissue techniques to help loosen muscles and tendons. These techniques include: Myofascial release, Jones strain/counterstrain, MET, cross fiber friction, Swedish & deep tissue massage

Cupping Therapy

A negative pressure therapy that has been used in many cultures dating back thousands of years. The use of suction separates layers of connective tissue, softens tight muscles and releases adhesions in muscle tissue very efficiently with little or no discomfort. Adhesions or “knots” in a muscle that are sensitive to the positive pressure of massage are often released with a cup placed for as little as 90 seconds. Suction pulls stagnant blood, lymph, cellular debris and toxins that have been stored in the muscle tissue to the surface, making it easier for the lymphatic system to dispose of it. Cupping Therapy feels good and is very relaxing. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, creating a deep relaxation response. Cupping Therapy can be included in any massage session.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

A light skin stretching treatment that is designed to help move lymph fluid back into functioning lymph vessels and reroute it out of your swollen limb. It is a very light and gentle treatment that should not be confused with a traditional massage. It is most often used for lymphedema treatment. It is also an excellent modality for detoxification, edema and pre and post-surgery. MLD is also an extremely effective modality for early injuries where traditional massage therapy is contraindicated. When we relieve the swelling, we reduce the pain, speed the rate of healing and increase range of motion.

Reiki/Energy Work

Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.” A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. It can be a stand-alone treatment or combined with massage.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

A gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork. It has been called the most subtle yet profound form of bodywork there is. It works with the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. It is a modality in which the body is listened to and the practitioner follows the patterns as it tells its story. As the story unfolds, the practitioner invites the body to go a little further into its pattern and the body begins to unwind holding patterns that contribute to pain, anxiety, illness and disease. It is used to treat conditions such as head injuries, concussion, traumatic brain injury, stress/anxiety, PTSD, headaches, migraines, sinusitis, eustachian tube dysfunctions, TMJ, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, central nervous system disorders and structural issues of pain and tension such as neck pain, back pain and sciatic pain to name a few. CST can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or combined with massage.

Prenatal Massage

A comfortable, stress-reducing massage for the mother-to-be in her second or third trimester. Customized massage techniques and body positioning relieve the aches and pains commonly associated with pregnancy.

MEET OUR IN-HOUSE THERAPIST

A graduate of Port Townsend School of Massage, Sheila is also certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Sheila also has advanced training in cranio-sacral therapy. It was through a personal traumatic event that led her to the belief that healing comes from within. Sheila acknowledges that a person has that power within themselves for healing and her work is a catalyst in assisting others to bring about their own state of health.

CANCELLATION POLICY

To Our Valued Guests

Your appointments are very important to all members of our team at Studio M Salon and Spa. Time allocated for an appointment is reserved especially for you. We do understand that sometimes schedule adjustments are necessary; therefore, we respectfully request at least 24-hours’ notice for adjustments to your appointments and for cancellations. We recognize the time of our guests and staff is valuable and have implemented this policy for this reason.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Please understand that when you cancel or reschedule your appointment without giving enough notice, we not only lose your business, but also the potential business of other clients who would have scheduled an appointment for the same time. Additionally, many times our staff will be functioning in an “on call” status and will have travelled to the spa specifically for your service. For these reasons we are obligated to compensate our staff for their time as well as make up for the lost revenue. We ask that all new and current guests supply a credit card to secure the reservation. All cards on file are added to the system via a secure electronic process that ensures the information is encrypted and remains secure. In the event that we do not receive the required notice for adjustments and cancellations the following fees will be applied to your card or, alternatively, billed out to you:

  • Notification given at least 24 hours prior to your appointment will receive no charges.
  • Notification given less than 24 hours up to 4 hours prior to the appointment time will result in a charge of 50% of the reserved service amount.
  • Cancellations less than 4 hours before the appointment will result in 100% charge of the reserved service amount.
  • Failure to show up for your appointment will result in a 100% charge of the reserved service amount.

Group and wedding outcall cancellations are subject to the terms of our event contracts.

CONFIRMATION EMAILS AND TEXT
As a courtesy, we will send out an email and/or text to confirm your service appointments two business day prior to your appointment date. Please ensure that we have your current email address and contact phone number on file in order for you to receive our confirmation communications.