The mission of the Massage Therapy program is to provide the highest quality of skilled therapeutic massage in a professional setting, to foster relaxation, healing and recovery from injury and disease and to assist in the management of pain. We offer treatment to specific areas of the body that may experience discomfort and relaxation massages to help loosen muscles, increase blood flow, and provide relief to the whole body.
The benefits of therapeutic massage are well documented in scientific research: 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
- Result in more restful sleep
- Lessen the need for pain or sleeping medication
- Improve nutrition to tissues and remove waste products
- Reduce swelling caused by fluid retention
- Improve skin tone and relieve dryness and itching
- Help prevent pressure sores
- Speed healing from injuries and surgery
- Increase energy
- Assist with any condition where stress may be a factor, such as headaches or asthma
- Ease and deepen breathing
- Improve appetite and digestion
- Help relieve constipation
- Reduce muscle tension and pain
- Improve flexibility and joint range of motion
- Stimulate the nervous and immune systems
- Release endorphins, which act as a natural painkiller in the bloodstream
Regular Massage: Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reflexology, Facial Wellness Massage (90 min. only), Manual Lymph Drainage and Medical Massage
Specialty Massage: Hot Stone Therapy, Pre-Natal, Thai
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.
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.
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.
A holistic, complimentary 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.
Designed for women in all stages of pregnancy. Wonderful for relieving muscle tension, fatigue, and discomfort specific to pregnancy.
Facial Wellness Massage (90 minutes only) Meadowmont Only
Facial Wellness Massage is a unique, restorative treatment that brings new life to the muscles and skin of the face. Remarkably relaxing and pampering as well as therapeutic, this treatment thoroughly conditions the skin. It also works to deeply rejuvenate the muscles and fascia of the face, softening lines, diminishing wrinkles, releasing tension, and improving overall skin tone, so much so you may even want to skip wearing make-up! The radiant glow of nourished skin and smoothed, toned muscles will surprise and delight you.
Skin benefits from deep cleansing, optimal hydration, increased circulation, improved tone.
Symptomatic relief of neck and shoulder tension, TMJ syndrome, some headaches, and sleep problems. Can accelerate the healing process due to injury involving the facial nerves and muscles, through stimulation of facial tissue, circulation of blood is increased, improving the rate of recovery.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
MLD is a cornerstone of effective lymphedema therapy. This gentle technique stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluids, cleansing the body of inflammatory materials and toxins. MLD removes excess water, protein and wastes from connective tissue through the lymph system which then carries the purified fluid back into the blood stream. MLD enhances the activity of the immune system, reduces pain, and lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Medical massage is a modality that focuses on a specific muscular-skeletal issue, 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 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 to 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.
Healing Touch Massage
Healing Touch massage is an energy-based therapeutic approach. The therapy uses light touch or still holds to influence the energy system of the body to promote physical, emotional, and mental healing of the body. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance. Benefits of Healing Touch are: to reduce pain, relieve headaches and migraines, reduce anxiety, bolster the immune system, increase circulation, calm the nervous system, reduce back and neck pain, grief support, support pre/post-surgical procedures. The space of Healing Touch enhances the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
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 which may cause chronic pain or decreased range of motion. Trigger Point massage targets and releases these patterns.
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.
Dividend Program for Lifestyle Enhancement
Thank you for choosing the UNC Wellness Centers for your massage therapy! We would like to thank you for every 24 sessions (training or massage) you use, by giving you a complimentary service. Please choose the service you would like from the list below and let your trainer or therapist know your choice:
• One hour massage
• One training session
• One nutrition counseling or Resting Metabolic Rate test
• Two 30 minute stretching sessions
• One swim lesson
• Six guest passes
You will have 3 months to use your complimentary service. It is not transferable and will disappear from your account if unused after 3 months, so schedule it soon!
This program is for current packages and is not retroactive. Any questions about this program should be addressed to Kathy DeBlasio, Wellness Services Manager, at (984) 974-2561 or firstname.lastname@example.org for Meadowmont or Neva Avery, Wellness Services Manager at NW Cary, at (984) 974-2555 or Neva.Avery@unchealth.unc.edu
“I have been doing massage therapy once a month with Ginger for the past 2 years and it is the best thing I have ever done for myself! After being in a car wreck 17 years ago, I have lived with chronic back pain that nothing else has seemed to help. The back pain coupled with neck and shoulder pain from my desk job at times can seem unbearable. My monthly visits with Ginger over the long term have lessened my pain and improved my quality of life tremendously! Thank you, Ginger, for helping me be the best I can be!” -Elizabeth de Prater
“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
“Ginger is great! Responsive, effective!”
“The Ayurvedic services are essential to reducing chronic pain and fatigue. I appreciate having this advanced program available for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. My suffering is lessened and my health is improving. I have used massage in the past, however find Madhuri and her holistic approach to be the best. Thank you.” –Janet Flynt
“Recently my wife and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. Our spa treatment there made us realize how great Michelle and team are at UNC Wellness. Thank you!” – Ed and Jen Kenney
“I have been doing massage therapy once a month with Ginger for the past 2 years and it is the best thing I have ever done for myself! After being in a car wreck 17 years ago, I have lived with chronic back pain that nothing else has seemed to help. The back pain, coupled with neck and shoulder pain from my desk job, at times can seem unbearable. My monthly visits with Ginger over the long term have lessened my pain and improved my quality of life tremendously! Thank you, Ginger, for helping me be the best I can be!” –Elizabeth dePrater
“We had an amazing massage class with Michelle! Life changing! Thank you so much!”