Pregnancy Massage is designed for women who are pregnant, and they can receive this massage at any point in their pregnancy. Our pregnancy massage therapists have had specific training in this field. The client receives the session in a side-lying position with pillows and bolsters provided for support and maximum comfort or lying face down with our specialized pregnancy table. The treatment consists of specific features of tissue sculpting, Swedish massage, joint mobilization, foot zone therapy, and connective tissue work to alleviate many of the physiological, musculoskeletal, and emotional stresses that can accompany pregnancy.
Massage during pregnancy increases blood and lymph circulation, thereby relieving swelling in the legs as well as hands. It alleviates strain on weight-bearing joints and myofascial structures to provide relief from muscle spasms and cramps. It can also relieve pain from varicosities. This treatment provides general stress reduction, allowing women to approach labor with more confidence and less anxiety.
Sandi grew up in Colorado and Southwest Minnesota but currently resides in the Alexandria area. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at St. Mary's University of MN focusing on Biology and Product Management. Sandi started a career in medical device product management and worked in that field for many years. She then attended Somatherapy Institute of Massage and completed her MT Certification, then went on and passed the National Licensure Exam for massage and bodyworks. In her free time, Sandi enjoys golf, swimming, boating, and cross country skiing!
Meet the Massage Therapists:
Types of Massages Offered:
Sandi Smith, CMT:
Hannah was born and raised in Central Minnesota. She attended M-State in Wadena and graduated in 2017 as a Certified Massage Therapist. That same year she started her career as a massage therapist at Activecare and has been working here ever since. She is truly grateful for all of her amazing clients and is so happy that in the years since she has started she has been able to transition from part-time to full-time thanks to them! Hannah enjoys providing pain relief and relaxation for her clients through massage. She is happy to perform deep tissue or more relaxing modalities depending on the clients needs and preferences.
Hannah Israel, CMT:
Sports Massage is a specialized and often eclectic form of Swedish massage that focuses on enhancing athletic performance and facilitating post-event recovery. It benefits the professional or amateur athlete, dancer, or exercise enthusiast. Practitioners of sports massage concentrate on working the whole body, and they also pay particular attention to those muscle groups that are involved in a specific sport or activity. The four basic strokes used by a sports massage therapist are direct or trigger point pressure, cross fiber friction, compression, and percussion.
In addition to the benefits derived from the general massage therapy treatment, sports massage keeps the whole body in optimum physical condition. It can elevate athletic performance and boost endurance, and it can prevent injuries by increasing flexibility and elasticity in the joints. Sports massage also promotes faster recovery to injured tissues, reduces pain, and minimizes muscle fatigue.
Swedish Massage is the classic style of bodywork. Also called Western massage, it is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today, and it has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. Swedish massage is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation, and health maintenance. It is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber), percussion (rhythmic tapping), and vibration.
Swedish/Western massage directly increases blood circulation, thus enhancing delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the tissues. It also increases lymph circulation, which speeds up the removal of metabolic waste and the by-products of tissue damage and inflammation. It has been reported helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and promoting relaxation.
Clinical Deep Tissue Massage
Clinical Deep Tissue Massage works through tension, layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where persistent discomfort can be released. Much of the work is focused on bringing the body back into balance by working on the fascia—the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system of the body. The work is usually localized, and the client must be relaxed to permit the practitioner to work deeply. The pressure starts lightly, but progresses to the deepest level the client can tolerate. This approach can be either corrective or generally therapeutic.
Clinical Deep Tissue Massage targets specific areas of concern to alleviate symptoms of nerve impingement, muscle tears and sprains, and chronic muscular pain. It has been found effective in treating chronic pain, muscle adhesions (muscle fibers that stick together creating a knot or nodule), whiplash, neck and lower back pain, sciatica, and circulatory problems.Type your paragraph here.
30 Minute Massage: $35.00
60 Minute Massage: $50.00
90 Minute Massage: $70.00
120 Minute Massage: $90.00
* Gift Cards are available at the massage suite and in the chiropractic office! *