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By Denise DiLuv and Robert Briggs, Licensed Massage Therapists, Progressive Health Club –

THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPYWhen we go see our doctor, the visit usually last 10 minutes or less and one of our concerns is normally addressed. Stress and pain control are one of the hottest topics and many times the treatment can be initiated with a prescription for massage therapy.

Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts. Chinese records date back to 3000 years which document its use. Today, the use of massage therapy is varied and far reaching. As an accepted part of many rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also been proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including: low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure and much more. Plus, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

Lowering stress means fewer medications that can lead to muscular and joint pain from toxic overload. There are many different variations of massage that could help you lead a more productive and healthier life. Listed below are some of the different massages.

Specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed by a physician and treat concerns such as rotator cuff injuries, headaches, range of motion issues, back and neck pain, sports and work injuries, to name a few.

Penetrating massage aimed at releasing deep muscle tension and spasms, relieving pain and alleviation dysfunction, with slow even pressure. Being properly hydrated before your massage appointment and drinking plenty of water after a deep tissue massage is very highly recommended.

Combines Swedish techniques with the use of hot oiled lava stones. The stones are placed on the body to simulate energy and promote your body’s harmonic balance. The body is gently massaged with the stones, allowing the heat to penetrate into the muscles for deep relaxation and therapeutic effect.

An ancient form that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self curative abilities.

Helping You Manage Pain and Cope with Stress
Other massage techniques include Cupping Massage, Thai Fusion Massage and Swedish massage. The services of a licensed massage therapist may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a medical physician or chiropractor, when pain control is a major concern.

To cope with the stress and the challenges of everyday life, take time out of your busy schedule and call Denise or Robert at Progressive Health Club for an appointment today. Call 941-743-8700 or visit us online at

Denise DiLuv, Licensed Massage Therapist
Denise has worked in the health care industry for 32 years. She received her training at the Academy of Healing Arts in Palm Beach and East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. She enjoys outdoor activities and staying fit for life. Her other half is Robert Biggs, her partner in massage at Progressive Health.

Robert Briggs, Licensed Massage Therapist
Robert has worked in the business industry for many years and is a graduate of the Port Charlotte Institute of Massage. He has many talents to offer and enjoys outdoor activities, especially sailing and helping others not only feel better through his touch but also motivating others to heal from within.

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