Massage Therapy


Life can be very busy.  Aches, pains, and stress are an increasingly part of everyday life.  The day-to-day impact of what we do is reflected in our physical and mental well-being.  It's important to take a breath and make time for ourselves.  Massage helps support physical and emotional healing, brings relief from pain and allows us the time to bring a sense of balance back into our lives.


Every massage is customized based on each individual clients' needs.  There are many different types of massages and massage techniques that can be used to help alleviate aches and pains both physically and mentally.


Massage Services

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage focuses on gentle to moderate pressure strokes moving toward the heart and is performed with either massage oil or cream to reduce friction.  Strokes used in Swedish massage include long and gliding movements, kneading, vibration, tapping, and friction.  Bending and stretching movements to relax joints may also be used.  Swedish massage can be both relaxing and energizing, providing a feeling of overall well-being.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension.  The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints).

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a form of soft tissue therapy aimed at manipulating muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  This type of massage is deep, focusing on your performance, preventing injury and aiding in recovery.  Sports massage also incorporates light stretching and active range of motion.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy (pre- and post-natal) massage can help improve sleep, help regulate mood, relieve fatigue and release muscular aches and pains.  We have the option of getting your massage side-lying propped with multiple pillows or we can provide a pregnancy foam that allows you to lay on your stomach with no added pressure to your body or your baby.

Specialty Techniques

Abdominal Massage

Abdominal massage can relieve constipation, release stress and pent up emotions, make breathing easier by relaxing the diaphragm, and decrease low back pain by relaxing deep abdominal muscles and fascia that help us slouch.  Abdominal massage is most effective when applied to the skin but may be performed through the drape.  To access the abdomen, a towel is placed over the chest and held in place by the client to keep the breasts covered. The sheet is then carefully pulled down and tucked around the top of the hips/lower waist.

Chest Massage

Chest massage makes breathing easier, relieves shoulder pain (rounded shoulders) caused by tight pectoralis muscles from everyday use, and helps loosen the neck and shoulders. Chest massage is most effective when applied to the skin but may be done through the drape (the breasts remain draped at all times and are not massaged). A light-medium pressure is applied to the sternum, lower and upper ribs, and upper chest (pectoralis muscles).


Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative treatment involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.  It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.  A very relaxing treatment, one which will leave you feeling balanced.

Myofascial Release

A light but very effective treatment.  Myofascial release (MFR) helps to realign the body and correct postural problems.  MFR is essential for the treatment of pain.  It helps the fascia, which surrounds and connects all the structures in the body, to correct restrictions in the body.  Loosening the restrictions allows the body to realign and rebalance.

Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is found in the muscles or connective tissue at the source of pain.  Often the pain can refer away from the trigger point and be felt in other areas of the body.  Trigger points will cause referred pain in a predictive pattern.  Successfully treating trigger points greatly reduces pain and irritation.

Reciprocal Inhibition

Reciprocal inhibition is the prevention of simultaneous opposing muscle action to prevent injury.  This knowledge can be used to address muscles that are refusing to relax, the therapist will put their hand on the top of the clients foot and have them push against it (take their foot off the gas pedal).  This causes the shin muscles to work and the calf to relax.  Each resistance move will be repeated three times.

Muscle Mechanics

Muscle mechanics is similar to reciprocal inhibition in that it requires active participation from the client and it helps muscles relax more quickly and usually with less discomfort for extremely sore muscles than swedish massage or deep tissue massage. The difference is that pressure is applied to the body of the muscle or where the muscle attaches to the bone.  The target muscle is then contracted with resistance being provided by the therapist and repeated three times.

Where to Find Us

Total Health & Wellness Associates

  • 23580 Orchard Lake Road  Farmington Hills, MI 48336
  • 245 Barclay Circle. Suite 400  Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  • 432 N. Saginaw St. Suite 433  Flint, MI 48502

Phone: (248) 957-6444


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