About Massage Therapy at HCI

About massage therapy

Massage Therapy uses touch to help relax muscles. For centuries, it has been a healing therapy in many cultures around the world. Massage can lower stress and help you feel calmer. It affects the body as a whole, especially the muscles, bones, and circulation, as well as the lymphatic and nervous systems. 

Massage is available to HCI patients and caregivers. To schedule a massage appointment at HCI, call 801-587-4585. Appointments are available for HCI faculty and staff, spare permitting.

How can massage therapy help cancer patients? 

Some health care professionals recommend massage as part of their treatment plan. Massage can help reduce stress, anxiety, and pain in people with cancer. For many people, massage brings a temporary feeling of well-being. Massage helps to relax muscles. It can also relieve pain and stiffness, increase mobility, help injured muscles, and reduce the pain of headaches and backaches. 

Types of massage therapy provided at HCI: 

  • Oncology massage: individual massage plans for people with cancer
  • Lymphatic massage: very light, brushing touches on the skin to help drain lymphedema
  • Swedish massage: kneading and rubbing touch for relaxation, easier movement, and better circulation
  • Reflexology: pressure on specific areas of feet, hands, or ears to ease many kinds of symptoms
  • Craniosacral therapy: light touch to skull, spine, and pelvis, to release tension and improve movement
  • Guided visualization and meditation massage: massage in which the therapist gives cues to create a mental state that can help reduce pain, stress, and anxiety
  • Energy-based therapies: fully-clothed light-touch hand movements to promote healing

All HCI massage therapists are licensed by the state of Utah.

Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs)

Mary Dewall, LMT

  • Utah College of Massage Therapy graduate
  • Specializes in trigger-point therapy with Swedish massage and caniosacral therapy. 
  • Certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese therapy.

Adrienne Henderson, LMT

  • Utah College of Massage Therapy graduate; board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.
  • Specializes in techniques to help with relaxation, structural imbalances, chronic pain, and injuries.
  • Trained in advanced modalities of connective tissue, reflexology, and manual lymph drainage. 

Lauren Mason, LMT

  • Arizona School of Massage Therapy graduate; board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.
  • Specializes in Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, and deep-tissue, sports, and Thai massage. 

Ben Smith, LMT

  • Healing Mountain Massage School graduate and instructor.
  • Combines elements of Swedish massage with structural, myofascial, and gentle stretching techniques.
  • Specializes in neuromuscular release, sports massage, and trigger-point release.

Tammie Sparks, LMT

  • Utah College of Massage Therapy graduate; board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.
  • Uses guided visualization, colors, and singing bowls to create a unique massage sessions.
  • Specializes in manual lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, healing sound, and Reiki. 

Molly Sullivan, LMT

  • Utah College of Massage Therapy graduate; board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork; certified strength and conditioning specialist.
  • Master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah.
  • Specializes in Chikly lymphatic drainage therapy, Ayurveda, Swedish masssage, and sports massage.

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