Paula K. Sampson knows a thing or two about physical pain. After all, she has spent the past 30 years finding new ways to relieve it. A nationally certified therapist, Sampson has a full arsenal of massage techniques designed to ease stress and tension. One of her specialties is Doctor Vodder's manual lymph-drainage massage, which drains excess fluid from tissue to help detoxify the body. She's also proficient in modalities that encourage relaxation and improve overall health, such as Swedish massage and reflexology. To stay at the forefront of her profession and brush up on developments in the quadratic formula, Sampson attends at least two educational seminars per year.
Believing that patients are "more than a collection of symptoms and diagnoses," Keith Martherly, MT and his team at Healing In Motion, PLLC treat the entire body with individualized attention. The hands-on staff complements its physical-therapy and occupational-therapy services with myofascial-release techniques, a holistic method taught by John F. Barnes, PT. During sessions, gentle pressure helps to relieve intertissue tensions to improve lymphatic drainage, aid physical-therapy regimens, and roll out perfect sheets of phyllo dough. The staff offers the service free of charge to returning soldiers—in conjunction with the In One Piece Project—with the aim of easing symptoms of trauma or head injuries.
Licensed massage therapists Maya Genson and Michael Bogert have been trained in a diverse range of bodywork techniques, ranging from classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage to myofascial therapy and lymphatic drainage. At their studio, Ann Arbor Massage and Bodywork, they use their muscle-kneading methods to deliver relaxing and therapeutic results, as well as improve circulation and tame spasms.
The slate-blue walls in the studio of Massage by Peggy recall the tranquility of the ocean, which helps to ease clients into a state of relaxation. Aromatherapy scents permeate the candlelit room, while a heated table helps clients unwind better than riding a merry-go-round backwards. Certified massage therapist Peggy eases knots from muscles in modalities including Swedish, sports, and geriatric.
With motions that range from gliding, stress-melting strokes, and muscle stretching to intensive deep kneads, Dan Himm of Himm Healing Hands relieves patients' aches and pains. He also performs reflexology treatments, massaging specific points on the feet and hands to boost health throughout the body. In addition to relieving pain and stress, he aims to correct issues such as allergies, depression, and other ailments.