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Massage Reconnects You With Your Ability to Receive

Regular self-care is important to the health and well-being of the body, and thereby to the ease of daily living. The ability to receive in one area of your life is refl ected in all areas of your life. Jason and Janine Shipman founded Wellness Integration Center as a haven for body/mind/ spirit rejuvenation, combining multiple modalities for the most comprehensive experience. We sat down with Jason to explore their services.

What types of massage do you offer?

Swedish massage involves long, flowing stokes that allow the person to relax and reconnect with their body. It stimulates increased blood and circulation while increasing fl exibility. It is the most common type of massage to release the daily build up of anxiety and stress. It is also helpful as a sports massage because it reduces the body’s infl ammatory response.

Deep tissue massage works in to the lower muscle layers, where the adhesions or “knots” are, to loosen and release them. Amazing things can happen with this type of work, including improved posture and release of long-term pain that resisted other types of treatment. Conditions I have seen improve with deep tissue massage include sciatica, frozen shoulder, carpel tunnel syndrome, numbness in extremities, back pain, and neck pain.

Prenatal massage increases circulation and fl exibility while reducing stress. It can even improve body image! During pregnancy, the body is going through so many changes that existing pain can be magnifi ed, and back pain is a frequent complaint.

Why do you recommend a two-hour massage rather than the typical one-hour one?

A longer massage allows more time to warm up the muscles so there is less pain when releasing adhesions. It provides more time for detailed work on areas of the body where the client is experiencing challenges, as well as making time for 90 minutes of massage and then 30 minutes of refl exology or stretching. Most importantly, it is a time of self-care and nurturing that the client gifts to herself. Moms, nurses, and others who focus on serving others can really benefi t from taking two hours to receive service from someone else. It helps fi ll up their tank so they are refreshed to give to those they love.

What makes your massages different?

I talk to the client about the areas of the body that need special focus, and then tailor the session accordingly, rather than just doing the same massage pattern on each person no matter what. I combine techniques for the best outcome. In addition, I perform ischemic compression, which is a way of holding constant pressure on an adhesion until it releases, while paying attention to the body and only going as deep as the body indicates so that there is no bruising. Most massage therapist don’t do ischemic compression, even though it was taught in massage school.

How often do you recommend someone get a massage?

It depends on the situation. If someone has never had a massage, or has not had one for years, or if they have been diagnosed with a disease or told they need exploratory surgery, more frequent sessions are recommended in the beginning to get the body back in to balance. If the client is willing to do stretching and other body maintenance at home, then fewer session can work. However, the aspect of self-care and receiving nurturing is an ongoing need.

What other services do you offer that complement massage?

Refl exology, which focuses on accupressure points in the feet, can create benefi cial changes in the body’s organs. Because I combine this with massage, I spend more time working on the client’s feet than most massage therapists. We have just added a female massage therapist, Cheona Flood, who also offers dry cupping. This is the placement of silicone cups on the back and creating suction, which draw s infl ammation out, breaks up deep scar tissue, and relaxes tender muscles or connective tissue.

My wife Janine leads yoga classes on the weekends, as well as offering Reikibased energy healing. We also periodically host health and wellness classes.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit WellnessIntegrationCenter. com or email info@wellnessic.com. Location: 5517 W. Broadway, Suite D, Pearland. See CRG on page 31 in our online issue.

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