Carolinas HealthCare System

Swedish Message

Swedish Message Type of massage that incorporates four main stroking, kneading, percussive, and rubbing techniques known as effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and friction; often used at the beginning of a session to help warm the tissue in preparation for deeper work or at the end of a massage for a soothing, gentle transition to the session's conclusion.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy Deep tissue manipulation with a focus on trigger points and areas of referred pain; used to release muscular tension in cases of repetitive strain injuries and muscle trauma or overuse.


Reflexology Healing modality that utilizes massage techniques on the feet, hands, and ears to treat the whole body; thumb or finger pressure is applied to specific points or zones on the extremities that correspond to the body's organs, glands, systems, and parts to help reduce stress and promote positive physiological changes.

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy Type of massage that incorporates smooth, heated basalt stones used to warm and relax areas of muscular tension; stones may be placed on key points or used to gently perform certain strokes to help improve circulation and calm the nervous system; helpful in cases of back aches, osteoarthritis and arthritis pain, poor circulation, and stress and anxiety.

Pregnancy Massage

pregnancyAddresses the specific needs of the mother-to-be including back pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue, muscle and joint strain, and other discomforts associated with the many changes taking place in her growing body; the massage is performed with the patient in side-lying position, bolstered by pillows, in order to provide comfortable and safe support throughout the session.

Cancer Massage

Cancer MassageIs safe for almost all people undergoing treatment for various types of cancer. Massage sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the patient and can help with cancer symptoms or some of the side effects of treatment, such as lack of energy, pain, swelling, peripheral neuropathy, nausea, decreased appetite, depression, and mental stress and anxiety.

Myofascial Release

A form of soft tissue therapy used to treat chronic pain issues and restiction of motion. Myofascial release involved relaxing contracted muscles while increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage. Sustained pressure on the soft tissues while traction is applied to the fascia, in effect softening and lengthening scar tissue and adhesions.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of therapy that releases "restrictions" from the physiological body system. Specifically, the technique utilizes soft human touch to enhance the function of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord.

Lymphatic Massage

Also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, this technique is used to treat lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery. The therapist gently rubs, strokes, taps or pushes the skin to allow the lymph fluid to drain through the proper channels.


sports massageDeep pressure massage focusing on specific muscle groups before or following a workout or sports event with the intention of warming the muscles; helps with injury prevention, increased flexibility, and injury recovery.

Polarity Therapy

polarityEnergy-based bodywork that asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health. Polarity therapy works with the human energy field through non-invasive, gentle hand placements and seeks to release energetic blockages into normal flow patterns.

Chair Massage

chairAlso called "On-site Massage," is administered while the client is clothed and sitting in a specially designed massage chair which allows the therapist access to the client's back, neck, shoulders, hands, and arms. Chair massage is offered at special hospital and community events upon request.