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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

The mission of the Massage Therapy program is to provide the highest quality therapeutic massage in a professional setting, foster relaxation, healing, and recovery from injury and disease, and assist in the management of pain. We offer treatments to alleviate discomfort, promote relaxation, loosen muscles, increase blood flow, and provide relief to the whole body.

The benefits of therapeutic massage are well documented in scientific research which include: the release of muscle tension, increased circulation, and initiation of the relaxation response. Each effect, though simple in itself, can result in multiple benefits, such as the following:

  • Improve balance, coordination and mobility
  • More restful sleep
  • Reduce swelling caused by fluid retention
  • Speed healing from injuries and surgery
  • Reduce muscle tension and pain
  • Improve flexibility and joint range of motion
  • Stimulate the nervous and immune systems
  • Regular Massage: Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reflexology, Facial Wellness Massage (90 min. only), Manual Lymph Drainage and Medical Massage

    1 HourMemberNon-Member
    1 session$75$85
    3 session$213$243
    6 session$414$468
    12 session$810$918
       
    1.5 HourMemberNon-Member
    1 session$105$120
    3 session$300$342
    6 session$579$663
    12 session$1134$1296
       
    30 min(add-on)MemberNon-Member
    1 session$40$45

    Specialty Massage: Hot Stone Therapy, Pre-Natal, Thai

    1 HourMemberNon-Member
    1 session$85$95
    3 session$243$270
    6 session$468$525
    12 session$918$1026
       
    1.5 HourMemberNon-Member
    1 session$120$145
    3 session$342$414
    6 session$663$800
    12 session$1296$1566
       
    30 min(add-on)MemberNon-Member
    1 session$45$50

     

The following massage services are offered at both Meadowmont and Northwest Cary unless noted otherwise:
To schedule an appointment at Meadowmont call 919-966-5500.  To view the Meadowmont Massage Therapist bios click here.
To schedule an appointment at Northwest Cary call 919-957-5900.  To view the Northwest Cary Massage Therapist bios click here.

Swedish
This traditional massage involves gentle manipulation of the superficial muscle layers. A very relaxing massage; wonderful for improving circulation and flexibility, and reducing stress and muscle tension.

Deep Tissue
Chronic patterns of tension in the body are released through slow, deep, stretching strokes and direct pressure to contracted areas. This massage is used to treat a wide variety of soft tissue complaints by focusing on deep muscle layers.

Reflexology
A holistic, complementary therapy involving acupressure to reflex points on the feet, hands, and ears. It is based on the theory that stimulation of specific reflex points can dissipate neuro-chemical congestion in the neural pathways between these reflex points and corresponding parts of the body, restoring balance.

Hot Stone Therapy
This deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment combines the use of heat and massage techniques. Stones are warmed and gently applied to the body, penetrating through areas of chronic pain or tension and melting away stress.

Pre-Natal Massage
Designed for women in all stages of pregnancy. Wonderful for relieving muscle tension, fatigue, and discomfort specific to pregnancy.

Medical Massage
Medical massage is a modality that focuses on specific muscular-skeletal issues, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic headaches, rotator cuff injuries, and repetitive motion injuries. This work utilizes neuromuscular techniques and trigger point therapy. Medical massage aims to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and correct postural distortions.

Sports Massage
Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event. Sports Massage may utilize a variety of techniques such as classical Swedish Massage, trigger point therapy, and hydrotherapy. Prior to an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used with stretching in order to help athletes loosen, warm, and prepare their muscles so that their performance and endurance might be enhanced. Following an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and return the muscles back to their normal state. Sports Massage may also be used for injury rehabilitation.

Trigger Point Massage
Trigger Point Therapy (also referred to as myofascial release or neuromuscular therapy) consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm or muscle “knots”.  Perpendicular pressure is applied with the fingers, knuckles, and/or elbow in short intervals to effectively alleviate pressure, tension, or spasm.  Lactic acid is released and blood and oxygen circulation to the muscle is restored.  There are referred or radiating areas of pain associated with trigger point patterns in the body that may cause chronic pain or decreased range of motion.   Trigger Point massage targets and releases these patterns.

Thai Massage
Thai massage, also known as yoga massage, is an ancient healing modality that uses acupressure, assisted yoga postures, muscle compression, and gentle pressure to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension, and balance the body’s energy systems.  Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move clients into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. It originated in Buddhist monasteries as a form of preventative health care for monks. Sessions are done on a floor mat, fully clothed. Wear loose-fitting clothing.  

Thank you for choosing the UNC Wellness Centers for your personal training!  We would like to thank you for every 24 sessions (training or massage) you use, by giving you a complimentary service. Your service provider will keep track of your sessions completed and let you know when it is time to choose the service you would like from the list below. Let your trainer or therapist know your choice:

  • 60-minute hour massage
  • 60-minute training session
  • One nutrition counseling or Resting Metabolic Rate test

You will have 12 months to use your complimentary service.  It is not transferable and will disappear from your account if unused after 12 months, so schedule it soon!

“Michelle Taylor is the most attentive, kind, knowledgeable, and skilled massage therapist I have ever encountered. UNC is lucky to have her talent on board.” -Svati Long

 “Recently my wife and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. Our spa treatment there made us realize how great Michelle and the team are at UNC Wellness. Thank you!” – Ed K.