Why Height of Health Massage?
At our Fort Collins massage therapy center, we believe that massage can help with overall health at an affordable price. You will encounter a massage therapist here who is professional, licensed, experienced, and willing to try various techniques or even do research to get you feeling better! Although you can find massage therapy useful for a wide variety of health concerns at our clinic, we do specialize in massage therapy for neck, shoulder, and back pain.
We encourage you to speak to your physician or health care practitioner about any questions you may have regarding massage therapy. Also, please feel welcome to contact us directly if you have any concerns about your future or current massage therapy treatment.
We do accept insurance! According to your individual health plan, you may have massage benefits and we will do our best to do all the billing for you. Currently we are not in network with any company, but we do accept insurance from employees working for Larimer County, The City of Fort Collins, and Otterbox. Please call us if you have a different plan or are seeking care for car accident injuries.
Why massage therapy?
Massage therapy is considered an alternative means to alleviate pain, stiffness, reduce stress, and promote overall wellness. Adding massage therapy to your lifestyle is no longer simply considered a luxury, but rather an alternative means to helps reduce various problematic symptoms like headaches, neck pain, chronic back pain, and functional goals to help increase range of motion, and to reach peak athletic performance. According to a recent article from the Mayo clinic:
"Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever."
This of course does not mean that you will not feel pampered and well cared for during your massage therapy treatment!
Types of Services
This is one of the basic and most general types of massage. When people think of a nice, relaxing massage, this is what they're talking about. This type of service has more to do with long relaxing strokes that focus on muscle groups as a whole, and generally the focus is on the full body. Looking for a tranquil massage where you can find peace and maybe even fall asleep? This service is perfect for you!
Benefits: Increases blood flow, relaxation which helps reduce stress over time, reduces some tissue restrictions in larger muscle groups.
Relaxing Deep Tissue:
This is our most popular service! Relaxing deep tissue combines the long relaxing strokes of a Swedish massage but with deeper pressure. When tissue restrictions or adhesions (also commonly referred to as "knots") are found, deeper pressure and trigger point techniques are used to manipulate and free the tissues. Generally either full body or specific areas like the neck, shoulder, and back are the focus for this popular massage.
Benefits: Reduces tissue restrictions and adhesions, slightly increases range of motion, increases blood flow, and promotes relaxation.
Trigger Point/Neuromuscular Therapy:
You won't be sleeping during this session! Some relaxing strokes will be used to warm up and soften muscle tissue, but the concentration here is to free adhesions built up over time. Do you have knots that feel like bones and would like them to release? This service is perfect for you. Trigger point therapy helps the muscle to release with continued focused pressure, while neuromuscular therapy requires passive and active stretching as well as resistance exercises. This service requires more focus and movement from the client, but will most quickly loosen those pesky "knots" and train the muscles to return to a healthy state. This session is generally not a full body session but instead focuses on specific muscle groups.
Benefits: Significantly helps reduce adhesions in both the surface and deeper layer muscles over time, increases range of motion, helps to maintain better posture, and increases blood flow.
This service is generally for those with insurance who have a specific injury. Only very specific muscle groups, such as an injury site, will be the focus. All of the previous techniques and services listed will be combined to help these muscle get back to maximum health.
Benefits: Decreases pain from injury, helps promote healing for strained/sprained muscles, reduces adhesions through tissue manipulation, increases range of motion to help promote healthier tissue, and reach functional goals.
This service is encouraged for any stage of pregnancy. Most of the above services can be incorporated into a prenatal massage. Pregnant women past their first trimester will spend half of the session sitting in a reclined position propped up by pillows. For the remaining part of the session, a body pillow will be used and the client will be side lying. Pregnancy massage pillows have been proven to be unsafe, so at no point will a pregnant woman be asked to lie on her stomach.
All soon to be mothers seeking prenatal massage, and especially those considered at high risk, should consult their physician with any questions or concerns regarding massage.
Add-ons to any Service
Hand and/or foot sugar scrub