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 iwth 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

Mary’s passion is encouraging the body's innate healing response. She often combines trigger point therapy with soothing Swedish massage to release muscle tension in the body and relieve pain. Mary is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese therapy, and also practices craniosacral therapy. Both are light-touch methods that help relieve tension. Mary graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2010.

Adrienne Henderson, LMT

Adrienne focuses on medically and structurally based techniques to help patients with relaxation, structural imbalances, chronic pain, and injuries. She has additional training in the advanced modalities of connective tissue, reflexology and Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage. Adrienne graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2007 and is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Lauren Mason, LMT

Lauren enjoys working with oncology patients in the medical setting. Lauren most enjoys the healing art of Swedish massage, helping the mind and body to heal itself. Her specialties are craniosacral therapy and reflexology, and she also practices deep-tissue, sports, and Thai massage. Lauren graduated from Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2008 and was nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Ben Smith, LMT

Ben combines elements of Swedish massage with structural, myofascial, and gentle stretching techniques to relax, reduce pain, and free up restrictions. He specializes in neuromuscular release, sports massage, and trigger point release. Ben graduated from Healing Mountain Massage School in Salt Lake City in 2014. He has been an instructor there since 2016.

Tammie Sparks, LMT

Tammie’s unique style, deep caring, and true passion for patients helps improve the quality of their lives. Through guided visualization, colors, and singing bowls, she creates unique massage sessions. Her specialties include a wide range of techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Healing Sound, and Reiki. Tammie graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2013 and is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Molly Sullivan, LMT

Molly is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. Her specialties include Chikly lymphatic drainage therapy, Ayurveda, Swedish masssage, and sports massage. Molly earned her master’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of Utah. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Molly graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2006.

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