MASSAGE

Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

MASSAGE AT THE SUMMIT

There’s no denying the power of bodywork!  Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen — from general relaxation to assisting in the healing of injuries and chronic pain.  The Summit’s Massage Therapy Department offers a variety of massage techniques designed specifically to meet your needs, in half-hour and one-hour sessions.  Our room is set up for optimum comfort and privacy.   We use special oils and lotions designed exclusively for massage. Sheets are used on the massage table and for body draping to respect your privacy and to ensure comfort.

Hours by appointment only. Call 814-946-1668 or click here to schedule.

What does a one hour massage consist of?

During a typical one hour massage session, the therapist will work a client’s muscles from head to toe.   Every therapist differs in their technique and order, but the massage generally includes working the following areas: scalp, face, neck and shoulders, arms and hands, front of the legs and feet, back of the legs (this includes the gluteus muscles) and the back.  The client is given time alone to disrobe to their comfort level and then lies down on the massage table under the sheet. At no time will the client be improperly exposed. It is excellent if the client gives feedback during the massage as to the amount of pressure and any tender areas.  You are welcome to ask for specific muscle work for problem areas.  Otherwise, the client may either talk or be silent and relax while the therapist does all the work!

When the session is over, the therapist will leave the room after encouraging you to be careful before getting off the massage table and redressing.  After a massage, blood pressure can drop, making one feel slightly dizzy or disoriented.  At Summit Massage Therapy we strive to make your massage relaxing and peaceful. Our therapists are here to help you!  If you still have questions, feel free to talk with one of us.

MEET OUR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Joanne Buck

JOANNE BUCK - MASSAGE THERAPIST SUPERVISOR

Certification: PA License for Massage Therapy #MSG013444

Background:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Cupping Therapy
  • CBD Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Reflexology
Ryen Beam

RYEN BEAM

Certification: PA License for Massage Therapy # MSG013302

Background:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Deep Tissue Therapy
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • ABMP Member

Types of Massages

Swedish: Most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques. The benefits of Swedish massage may include general relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation.

CBD Massage: This is a Swedish Massage that steps it up a notch by using CBD Massage Oil. The CBD oil will soak into your skin and offer a slightly analgesic effect relaxing your muscles even deeper and relieving more pain than a Swedish Massage alone. It has a light menthol aroma which will relax your mind along with your body.

Cupping: Cupping is an ancient body work modality dating as far back as Egyptian Times but is most commonly known through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Regular Swedish Massage uses a positive downward pressure pushing skin, muscle, and fascia apart, while Cupping works by pulling up on the tissues and creating space for proper circulation to return to the constricted area. The various types of cups all utilize the same method of negative pressure suction. The increase in circulation brings oxygen and nutrients to your tissues resulting in pain relief, increased Range of Motion (ROM), and improved Lymphatic flow. Repeated sessions offer the added benefit of muscles appearing fuller and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Hot Stone: A Hot Stone massage involves the use of smooth heated stones that are placed on specific areas of the body allowing the heat to penetrate deep into the muscle layers. The therapist also uses moving stones over the entire body delivering deep muscle relief and relaxation. Hot Stone Therapy has a sedative effect and can offer long lasting pain and stress relief.

Reflexology: Reflexology is a form of TCM in which direct pressure is applied to points on the ears, hands, and feet causing a “reflex” response to your Central Nervous System. The nervous system then delivers this response to the corresponding body system (liver, lungs, throat, etc…) resulting in various beneficial effects. These effects could include pain relief, reduced stress, improved digestion, boosted immune system, reduced swelling in hands and feet, and an overall enhanced mood. Reflexology is a non- invasive form of body work and you will remain fully clothed for the duration of the session.

Deep Tissue: These techniques require more advanced training and a more thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. Generally integrated with other massage techniques.

Trigger Point Therapy: This massage technique addresses the casual relationship between chronic pain and its source. It is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain.

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