Health & Harmony
Massage & Wellness Center
Deep tissue in Lansing, Deep tissue in East Lansing, Aromatherapy in Lansing, Aromatherapy in East Lansing
Types of Massage
Swedish massage is the “standard” type of massage offered in most clinics, gyms, spas, and wellness centers; it is virtually synonymous with massage therapy. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology (Eastern massage is often energy-based). Using lotion or oil, the massage therapist will typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas. Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and it is helpful in recovering from an injury. Session lengths can be 30 - 120 minutes.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets and aims to correct range of motion limitations, spasms, constrictions, adhesions (aka: muscle knots) and other specific problems in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic headaches, chronic pain and/or tightness, repetitive strain, postural problems, and/or injuries. While it's true that the pressure of deep tissue is generally more intense than that of a Swedish massage, it doesn’t have to be painful to be effective. Deep tissue itself is not a specific technique. Your therapist will combine many modalities to treat your specific problem(s) in whatever way she finds to be most effective. This may include utilizing trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, cupping, assisted stretching, etc. Session lengths can be 30 - 120 minutes.
We are often asked about “sports” massage. We find “sports” massage requests to be pretty vague. We don’t have a specific sports protocol that we perform. All of our massages are customized to the needs of the individual so, though we don’t offer a specific sports massage, you can be assured that we are well-versed in working with athletes and their specific needs.
The Headache Massage
Do you frequently have headaches? If so, do you experience the sensation that your temples are crushing into your brain? Or, do you suffer from a stabbing pain at the base of your skull? Or, do you have brutal pains above and behind your eyes and/or through the top of your head? Do one (or more) of these sound like your headache? If so, then this is the massage for you! All the headaches described above are tension headaches; research shows that approximately 90% of all tension headaches originate in dysfunctional neck muscles! Don't suffer unnecessarily. This deep tissue work is designed specifically to release and restore function to dysfunctional neck, shoulders and upper back muscles, help with jaw problems (TMJ disorder) and reestablish range of motion to the neck. The headache massage is designed specific to your symptoms and will include self-care suggestions to further enhance the effects of the massage. Read more about tension headaches and The Headache Massage here. Session length is 90 minutes and is upper body only.
Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother's needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, prenatal massage is a safe, drug-free way to provide relief. We use a special maternity pillow so that the expectant mother can safely and comfortably lay face-down during her massage. Your therapist will modify certain techniques and avoid specific areas during your pregnancy massage. Session lengths can be 30 - 60 minutes.
Cupping massage is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A flexible silicone cup is positioned at the area to be treated and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors. The suction can be adjusted so pressure can be light to heavy. We love this massage for old, lingering problems! Cupping works great on back, shoulders, arms, chest, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Session lengths can be 30 minutes (1 – 2 areas), 45 minutes (2 – 3 areas), 60 minutes (2 – 4 areas), 75 minutes (3 – 5 areas) or 90 minutes (4 – 6 areas). Please note - this massage may leave marks on your skin!
Himalayan Hot Salt Stone Massage
Health & Harmony’s Himalayan Hot Salt Stone Massage uses heated salt stones as an extension of your therapist’s hands to deliver a full body massage. The use of the pink salt stones allows the organic trace minerals they contain to permeate the skin and body while delivering deep, penetrating heat to the muscles. A Himalayan Hot Salt Stone Massage integrates the philosophies of Eastern medicine, Swedish massage, thermal therapy and salt therapies to create an array of possible benefits, including:
This unforgettable therapeutic experience is available as a 30 minute (posterior only) or a 60 minute (full body) massage!
Lymphedema (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) Massage
Your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to do this. However, surgeries that affect or remove the lymph nodes (mostly commonly due to breast cancer) or other damage in the body (such as an injury, congestive heart failure or blood clots) can cause fluids to build up in the lymph system and nodes. This causes a condition known as lymphedema. A doctor may recommend receiving lymphatic massage to move the waste fluids away from the damaged area. Because lymphedema is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, helping patients prevent the onset of lymphedema is a real benefit. Prevention can be particularly effective for women whom have undergone surgery for the treatment of breast cancer. Please note, we may need medical clearance and/or permission from your physician before you receive this type of massage.
Lymphatic massage is a gentle pressure technique and should only be performed by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). Akala Wilson is both an LMT and CLT. A lymphatic drainage massage will last 60 minutes.
We have a gorgeous couples massage room featuring a hand-carved Italian marble fireplace and a lion's head fountain! All massage modalities are available also for couples massage (they don't have to be the same for each person). Our couples massage will conclude with a blooming tea service! Perfect for date night, birthdays, celebrations, etc.! Session lengths can be 60 - 90 minutes.
Moist Heat Therapy
Moist heat increases circulation and speeds recovery by bringing in fresh blood cells and taking away the wastes that hinder healing. The moisture produced by the heating pad transfers the high heat deeper into tissues than an ordinary dry heat pad. These beneficial results continue for several hours after treatment. Moist heat therapy is included with all massages (however, it may not be used during a cupping or a hot stone massage).
Take your massage to the next level by having your therapist add essential oils to the massage lotion! Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. We use Harmony Naturals (our own house line!) of 100% pure essential oils and blends, as well as our own handmade pain-relieving creams in our massages. Aromatherapy may be added to any massage at the no additional charge.
All Massage Therapists at Health & Harmony are Michigan-licensed and insured. A Licensed Massage Therapist holds a healthcare license with the state, which means she has met all of the educational requirements, passed national boards and has a clean personal history (verified via an FBI background check). It may seem funny to state this, but there are an alarming number of establishments operating in the greater Lansing area that have untrained and/or unlicensed personnel falsely portraying themselves as massage therapists. Health & Harmony’s LMT’s licenses can be verified by visiting the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs / Bureau of Professional Licensing.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and promotion of healing. It is an alternative form of therapy that is also commonly referred to as “energy healing.” The word Reiki is Japanese for “Universal Life Energy” which is the life force energy that flows through all living things. A person’s energy should be strong and free flowing; when the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. Reiki Practitioners use their understanding that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy to support the body in facilitating an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A Reiki session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for enhancing one’s personal wellness and easing tension and stress. Clients remain clothed during Reiki sessions. These restorative sessions can be 30 or 60 minutes (60 minutes is suggested). Read more about Reiki and our Reiki Practitioner here.
Disclaimer: Reiki is NOT massage therapy. Reiki therapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent, or heal any medical condition.
30 Minutes - $45
45 Minutes - $55
60 Minutes - $65
75 Minutes - $75
90 Minutes - $85
120 Minutes - $115
60 Minutes Couples - $125
75 Minutes Couples - $145
90 Minutes Couples - $165
Moist Heat Therapy - No Charge
Aromatherapy - No Charge
Prices are the same for all modalities; we do not upcharge. Loyalty points are earned at one point per dollar spent (excluding gratuity) and can be redeemed for discounts or free services.
Maintaining fair regular prices is very important to us however, we do offer a discount under a variety of circumstances. We extend the following discounts, as a courtesy, for individuals who qualify:
1st visit, college students (w/ID), age 62+
US military & veterans, first responders (police/fire/EMT), social workers, K-12 teachers, State of Michigan employees
4 for $200 | 8 for $375 | 12 for $550
4 for $240 | 8 for $455 | 12 for $680
4 for $280 | 8 for $535 | 12 for $810
4 for $320 | 8 for $615 | 12 for $940
4 for $440 | 8 for $855 | 12 for $1,330
Packages CAN be shared between family and friends. Packages can be used on any type of massage service or Reiki. Loyalty points are earned at one point per dollar spent (excluding gratuity) for massage packages and can be redeemed for discounts or free services. 12-packs automatically earn enough points for a free 13th session.
1x/mo for $45 | 2x/mo for $87 | 4x/mo for $170
1x/mo for $55 | 2x/mo for $107 | 4x/mo for $210
1x/mo for $65 | 2x/mo for $127 | 4x/mo for $250
1x/mo for $75 | 2x/mo for $147 | 4x/mo for $290
1x/mo for $105 | 2x/mo for $207 | 4x/mo for $410
Massage Memberships are a month-to-month contract that auto-renews on a set date (start date or a date of your choice) unless cancelled. Membership level and frequency can be changed at any time. Membership CAN be shared between family and friends. Unused sessions rollover.
Additional member benefits:
We do not accept health insurance (even with a doctor's prescription) however, upon request, we will provide receipts for self-submitting a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement. We do accept HSA/FSA cards (please check with your benefits administrator for rules). We do accept catastrophic auto patients on a case-by-case basis.
We understand that sometimes unexpected situations arise that make it impossible to keep your appointment. However, in order to best serve all of our clients, we ask that you please give at least 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment. If an appointment is cancelled with less than 12 hours notice, a $30 fee will be assessed. If an appointment is missed without notice (“no show”), a $45 fee will be assessed. If a “Membership” massage is cancelled with less than six hours notice, the member may choose to pay a $30 fee or forfeit that massage session. “No shows” will not be rescheduled (unless an exception is granted by management).
Having a cancellation policy in place allows us to serve you and all of our valued patients better -- we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
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