Massage Therapies



Massage Therapies at Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine


Here’s what you may already know: Massage relieves stress, improves circulation, and leaves you feeling euphoric.
Here are a number of Massage Benefits you might be less familiar with:

• Decreases blood pressure, heart rate and pulse rate

• Reduces scar formation

• Decreases pain

• Increases levels of dopamine and serotonin thereby reducing depression

• Increases flexibility

• Tonifies weak muscles

• Promotes fracture healing

• Increases mineral retention of bones

• Relieves muscles tension, restrictions, tightness, stiffness, soreness, and spasms

• Increases range of motion and improves balance and posture

• Reduces muscles fatigue

• Improves motor skills

• Reduces cortisol levels

• Increases red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets resulting in greater oxygen saturation in the blood

• Reduces lymphoma

• Reduces respiration rate

• Decreases asthma attacks

• Increases fluid release from the lungs

• Relieves constipation, colic and gas

• Stimulates digestion

• Promotes detoxification

We offer a variety of massage techniques and therapies to suit your comfort and needs, or the comfort and needs of those you love. Whether you purchase a massage for yourself or someone else, it’s a genuine gift of love. Ask about our gift certificates.

Myofascial Trigger Point/Well Wave Therapy

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a hands-on treatment that involves identifying trigger points and releasing them to restore alignment and proper body mechanics.

The word “Myofascial” is comprised of “myo” meaning muscle tissue, and “fascial” refers to the connective tissue that ties all of our muscles, bones and other tissues together. When a muscle is stressed or dysfunctional – due to injury, repetitive strain, stress, lifting heavy loads, poor posture, or inactivity – it pulls the bone structure out of alignment. When the body is out of alignment, other muscles compensate in an attempt to stabilize resulting in soreness and often weakness. As a result, correcting these problems often requires working on areas far from the location where pain is experienced. These stressed muscles form tender, often painful trigger points or knots that develop in tight bands of muscle and create poor body mechanics causing pain, dysfunction, and often chronic problems such as bulging discs, sciatic pain, back pain, headache, frozen shoulders, plantar fasciitis.

When a trigger point is located, sustained pressure is applied to gradually decrease the pain and allow the muscle to relax again, and ultimately restore function, range of motion, and good biomechanics over a series of treatments. Chiropractic manipulation that does not address rebalancing and restoring good biomechanics will result in just a temporary correction. We empower our patients with self-care techniques that help them manage chronic conditions between visits and beyond our initial course of treatment. Our average patient is seen for 8 treatments, often feeling significantly better after the first session.

Well Wave Therapy or Trigger Point Shockwave Therapy is a gentle but powerful alternative to traditional hands-on Trigger Point Therapy that uses focused sound waves to efficiently treat trigger points close to the surface as well as deep in muscle tissue. At Brannick Clinic, we find that the Well Wave technology helps our patients heal 50% faster than traditional hands-on work.


CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy that follows the subtle movement of your connective tissue and cranial bones. It was founded in the early 1900s on the belief that the body knows exactly how to heal. The role of the physician is to facilitate the healing process. The physician lightly places his/her hands on the cranial bones and fascia to feel for restrictions. By freeing the cranial bones and fascia from restrictions, the physician is able to assist the body in regaining normal function in the nervous, lymph, hormonal, myofascial, and gastrointestinal system.
During the session the patient is fully clothed and the therapist evaluates restrictions in movement on different parts of the body. A session usually lasts one hour but that can vary depending on the condition.

CranioSacral Therapy has more research behind it than any other hands on therapy. CranioSacral Therapy was developed in the early 1900s by osteopathic doctors working with the head (cranium) and the tailbone (sacrum). Since then it has evolved to treat the entire body. Numerous controlled studies have proven the effectiveness of CranioSacral Therapy.

Here are some of the most common conditions we help patients overcome through CranioSacral Therapy:

Anxiety/Depression/Hyperactivity & other mood challenges, fatigue/chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal, problems, ulcers, irritable bowel, Crohn’s, diarrhea, constipation, and esophageal reflux (GERD), fibromyalgia/musculoskeletal complaints, injuries, scoliosis, sciatica, disk herniation, chronic low back pain, arthritis/gout/other rheumatic diseases, allergies/chronic infections/immune system disorders/autoimmune disease, migraines/headaches, central nervous system disorders/traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries,common pediatric conditions, like infections/allergies/ear infections/autism/colic, post-surgical recovery, PMS/endometriosis /menopause, or other hormonal imbalances

Sports Massage

Great for athletes who want to optimize peak performance by draining away fatigue, relieving swelling, and decreasing muscle tension while promoting flexibility and increasing injury prevention.

Deep Tissue Massage

A slow and penetrating massage technique that releases muscle tension and pain by focusing on tendons, fascia, and the deep layers of muscle tissue.

Swedish Massage

The most popular form of bodywork, Swedish Massage uses a variety of five basic strokes – sliding, kneading, tapping, cross fiber, and vibration – and varying degrees of pressure to accomplish a deeply relaxing, stress-reducing massage.

Pre & Post-Natal Care

Typically administered in a side-lying position to support the weight of the baby, this form of massage provides much-needed rest to supporting muscles.

Bellanina® Facelift Massage

A remarkably effective alternative to surgical treatment for aging, sagging skin. Bellanina® Facelift Massage Facelift Massage is a powerfully relaxing massage therapy that removes stress from the face leaving it looking and feeling healthier and younger.

By stimulating circulation, and tightening and toning facial muscles, Bellanina® Facelift Massage Facelift Massage revives, refreshes and brightens your appearance in 5 steps.

  1. Cleanse
    A deep and exfoliating facial cleansing prepares the skin for massage. Toxins and impurities are removed using the highest quality natural skincare products – Naturopathica products – and warm towels.
  2. Massage
    A full 30-minute facial massage administered by a trained and licensed therapist – employing a variety of massage strokes plus manual lymph drainage – resulting in greatly improved blood and oxygen flow to the skin, and enhanced muscle tone and tightness. Firming effects of the massage improve with subsequent treatments.
  3. Rest
    Your hands and feet are gently massaged as your face rests in a soft bed of warm towels that seal in moisture.
  4. Nourish
    Your rejuvenated skin is nourished and moisturized using Naturopathica products.
  5. Bonus Massage
    Upon completion of your Bellanina® Facelift Massage Facelift Massage, your back is cleansed with a hot towel and your scalp is massaged. Make plans afterward! You’ll face the world looking healthier, more relaxed, and years younger.