Medical Massage and the Role of Massage Therapist

Medical massage is offered in our highly progressive and skilled rehabilitation clinic. Medical massage therapists are an integral part of a collaborative health care team that are skilled in techniques that emphasize treating specific conditions or diagnosis with the goal to rehabilitate towards a specific outcome as well as facilitate patients to meet their goals.

Medically trained massage therapists work directly with patients who have undergone orthopedic surgical procedures, are rehabilitating from traumatic and acute injuries and /or have been diagnosed with chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, lymphedema, migraine headache and the like.

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Injury Site Massage

Targeted injury site massage helps soft tissue injuries heal faster. Soft tissue injuries include muscle pulls, ligament sprains, tendonitis and whiplash. In addition, injury site massage reduces spasm, pain, swelling and the formation of scar tissue. Injury site massage targets the breakup of excess scar tissue and adhesions that weaken muscles and can contribute to further injury. It also increases circulation bringing needed nutrients to the area and removing waste products from the healing process.

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique performed by a certified MLD therapist. An MLD therapist applies this gentle form of massage to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues. Lymph is a mostly clear fluid that absorbs fats and delivers nutrients to the cells of the body. It also aids the immune system in removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins and cancer cells. Lymph nodes help to filter out these substances.

MLD uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. This type of massage is generally recommended for those diagnosed with lymphedema and used to support and enhance their lymphedema therapy. However, MLD is beneficial for anyone wishing to boost lymphatic flow, such as those overcoming a sickness or recovering from a surgery or liposuction.

Prenatal Massage

Carrying a baby challenges, changes and stresses an expectant mother’s body in many ways. Prenatal massage treats mom-to-be to a delightful experience tailored specifically to her needs. It will help to relax tense muscles, relieve back, neck and hip pain, reduce headaches, diminish edema and reduce the stress and anxiety associated with pregnancy and labor.

A prenatal massage therapist is skilled in knowing the best possible positions and techniques for expectant mothers, as well as knowing which areas and conditions are contraindicated. Regular bodywork, throughout pregnancy, can help an expectant mother to have a more positive pregnancy and labor experience.

Sports Massage

Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event as well as on recovery from strenuous or excessive activity. Sports massage reduces pain, minimizes recovery time and increases range of motion and overall performance. 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. 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.

Thaiatsu Massage

Thaiatsu is a unique massage experience and a perfect alternative or complimentary therapy to traditional Swedish massage. It is very therapeutic for those who are seeking to incorporate movement and stretching into their bodywork. Thaiatsu combines the best of three holistic body work practices: the yoga stretching techniques of Thai massage along with palm and thumb pressure for chi/energy balancing of shiatsu and reflexology. Thaiatsu aims to reduce musculoskeletal tension, improve circulation and to create a relaxed and restored sense of wellness.

Relieve Stress Through Chair Massage

Stress, both physical and emotional is a common human condition. However, too much stress for too long has the potential to be harmful and contribute to long lasting negative effects on our health and sense of wellbeing.

Chronic states of stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, skin conditions, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and can worsen symptoms of pain and disease causing frequent visits to the doctor.

Negative Stress Symptoms

Massage helps to reduce the negative effects of stress and return your body and mind to a more relaxed and balanced state. Even 10 to 15 minutes of massage on a regular basis has a positive effect in reducing symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety,
  • Digestive disorders,
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Headache,
  • Insomnia due to stress,
  • Pain due to fatigue, injury, and muscle tension,
  • Depression.

When you’re in a good state of mind, you make good decisions for yourself about your job, your lifestyle, and your health.

Chair Massage Programs

To support and promote a work environment that enhances healthier, happier, and more productive people, we’ve created two chair massage programs:

  1. Chair Massage: Receive a 15-minute chair massage session, $15 for individuals who are either staff or visitors.
  2. “Spoil your Staff“: An onsite chair massage program designed especially for University of Utah Health Care department managers and directors; our team of massage professionals will set up at your location making it easy to create a healthier, happier work environment and to show your staff how much their work is appreciated.
University Hospital, Red Rock Conference Room Mondays, 9 am–1 pm
Eccles Medical Library Wednesdays, 10 am–2 pm
University Orthopaedic Center

Purchase a chair massage ticket at the University Hospital Gift Shop or the Health Science Education Building Bookstore.

If you are interested in adding this service to your location, please contact us.

Massage therapy is offered to patients as well as the general public.


The Prices have been updated as of May 1, 2013

Chair massage: 15 minutes $15
30 minute sessions $35
60 minute sessions $60
90 minute sessions $75

*University of Utah employees receive a $5 discount on all sessions.
**We do not bill insurance for these services. Payment is required at the time of appointment.

Massage Workshop

Our workshop will teach you personalized instruction on how to skillfully integrate massage techniques to help your friends and family relieve pain and stress from everyday life. From sitting for long hours, doing vigorous activity, or having a long commute, we build up a tension in our muscles that can be reduced through massage. You will learn a massage routine for the back, neck, hands, and feet.

The workshop is taught by Liz Young, LMT, a seasoned professional with over 19 year’s experience in the massage industry.

There will be no workshops for the month of September.


  • $85 for two participants
  • University of Utah employees may receive Wellness Now credit for attendance.

Course Includes:

  • Three hours of hands-on instruction
  • Take-home binder with routine instructions and photos of stretches
  • Massage crème

What to bring and wear:

  • Four large beach towels
  • Females: biker shorts with sports bra or a two-piece swimsuit
  • Males: gym or biking shorts
  • Yoga mat
  • Water


To register or for more information, please contact us:

Phone: (801) 587-7090

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Adrienne Henderson

Adrienne has been passionate about the human body all her life. She graduated in 2007 from Utah College of Massage Therapy and began working at a spa in Colorado where she could also pursue her other passion in life; the great outdoors. Adrienne returned to Utah for school and graduated in 2011 with her bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in exercise physiology. She received the Kennecott Scholar award and was accepted into the Global Health Scholars group through the Honors College, and presented research on documenting the University's first student run Honors Think Tank through a documentary.

Adrienne received additional training with the American Council of Spa Therapies Certification Council in the advanced modalities of connective tissue, reflexology, hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy, Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage, and aromatherapy. While working as a massage therapist at the University Orthopaedic Center she also teaches at Healing Mountain Massage School. In her free time she loves spending time with her son, husband and two Siberian huskies. She loves trail running, snowshoeing, backpacking, and cycling.

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Corinne Sroykum

Corinne graduated from the University of Utah in 2004 with a degree in political science and from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2005. In 2011, she graduated from Norton's School of Lymphatic Therapy to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She has also pursued further education in orthopaedic massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and scar tissue release. She has been with the Orthopaedic Center team since 2009. In her free time, she loves being in the mountains and practicing Taekwon-Do with her husband.

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Liz Young

Liz has been a licensed massage therapist since 1996, graduating from Myotherapy College of Utah. Her professional experience includes eight years working full-time at ski resort and yoga retreat centers. Private clientele include different types of injury and rehabilitative massage, professional athletes, along chiropractors, and other medical professionals. Liz attends many outside competitive events for pre and post sports massage.

Other interests include teaching and writing curriculum for a massage therapy program and teaching partner and infant massage workshops. Seeing the need for a more integrative style of work, Liz combines the strengths of Thai massage/Shiatsu and Reflexology to develop a technique she is known for called Thaiats.

Before she moved to Salt Lake City, to work at the University Orthopaedic Center, she owned and operated a massage therapy school for eight years. Her free time is spent outside, biking, skiing, hiking, and with family.

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Shereen Young, LMT

Shereen has been a full time a licensed massage therapist since 1992, where she earned her certification at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shereen joined the University of Utah Hospital in 1999 where she was the first licensed massage therapist on staff. Her expertise in rehabilitative and orthopedic massage practices come from providing therapy to patients at the University of Utah Hospital and clinics, including the University Orthopaedic Center, Huntsman Cancer Hospital and outpatient physical therapy settings since her certification. Shereen has a passion for her work and is continually inspired to research, inquire and learn in order to expand her knowledge to provide the best care possible for her patients. She spends her free time on her road bike.

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Tegan Cross

Tegan is a knowledgeable, licensed massage expert and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Her massage styles include sports massage, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, among others. Tegan is a proponent of massage for relieving physical and emotional stress, with an understanding as to how massage is a viable technique for enhancing overall health and well-being. Her mission is to support people in achieving life balance through personal wellness. Passionate about pain and injury relief, she focuses on medical massage therapy, working largely with current physical therapy patients and active adults.

Tegan remains a student of her profession by pursuing additional skills and advanced techniques in the field of wellness and healing. She has completed continuing education in trigger point therapy, pre/post total joint replacement surgery, kinesiology, oncology massage, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

Massage is valued for its ability to promote optimal body function, enhance overall health and wellness, and for many specific therapeutic effects, including these:

  • Improves the health of cells and tissues in the body by assisting in tissue repair, especially in its regeneration phase
  • Improves the function of circulation and lymphatic systems
  • Alleviates the symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Promotes joint mobility and flexibility
  • Promotes a sense of well-being
  • Reduces muscle stiffness and soreness
  • Relaxes hypertonic or tense muscles
  • Stimulates the nervous system and increases body awareness
  • Improves the function of the circulatory and lymphatic system and boost the immune system
  • Softens and reduces scar tissue
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