Massage therapy is a collective term for a wide range of therapeutic treatments used to address a variety of body conditions. Some of the conditions we commonly see patients for at Mettler Center are fibromyalgia, post-injury or post-surgery rehabilitation, chronic muscle tension, frequent headaches, arthritis pain or stiffness in joints, massage for athletes, and, of course, relaxation, among many others. Our massage therapists often work in conjunction with our physical therapists to deliver the best treatment and relief from pain to our patients.
Massage can also be helpful in managing emotional issues, such as anxiety or depression. Many people find that receiving massage therapy on a regular basis decreases anxiety and enables them to be more relaxed, but still alert."
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Source: American Massage Therapy Association
Types of Massage Offered
Therapeutic/Rehabilitative MassageTherapeutic massage releases chronic patterns of tension in the body by applying various techniques such as dry/myofascial massage, trigger point therapy, passive stretching and deep tissue therapy on the contracted areas in the fascia and deeper layers of tissue. This treatment can be very specific, focusing on only the problem area, or can be incorporated into a full body massage depending on the individual’s needs.
Swedish/Relaxation MassageSwedish massage utilizes slower, soothing massage strokes on the more superficial layers of muscle, and facilitates the release of “feel-good hormones” to relax and uplift the body and mind. This technique promotes general relaxation, elongation of muscles and connective tissue, improvement of blood circulation and range of motion, relief from muscle tension, and all-around mental and physical wellness.
Pre-Natal MassagePre-natal massage is good for relieving muscle tension, joint aches, and fatigue brought on by changes in the body that pregnancy can create. It can be performed throughout the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. Massage is generally safe for the expectant mom and baby, but if you have any concerns please check with your physician or licensed midwife, especially if you have a high-risk pregnancy. Women in their first trimester must have a note from their doctor permitting massage.
Massage CuppingCupping uses suction and negative pressure with a massage cup to create a warming, lifting sensation where the cups are placed. Most experience a state of deep relaxation during and after a cupping treatment. Cupping can help break down scar tissue and release trigger points and soft tissue adhesions. Note: This technique may leave temporary “suction” marks on the body. These are not bruises and are not painful to the touch.
*This technique can be incorporated into any massage with a therapist certified in cupping.
Sinus Relief MassageSinus massage is a 30-minute treatment consisting of sinus-specific massage to the face, head, and neck. We combine hot and cold therapy with essential eucalyptus oil to help unplug sinuses, encourage drainage, and relieve sinus pain and pressure.
Sports Massage TherapySports massage can be used to help the athlete reach optimal performance through injury-free training, enhancing the body’s recovery process, reducing the risk of injury, and effectively manage acute and chronic injuries. Techniques used may include deep tissue, relaxation, passive/active stretching, and myofascial work depending on the individual’s needs. It is recommended that anyone with an active lifestyle get regular massage to help keep their body in good working order. Certified Newborn Infant Massage Instructor where parents learn the benefits of massage, when not to massage, and what different cries mean. Parents will also learn how to tell when the baby is becoming overwhelmed by watching for time out signals, how to comfort the baby, and 13–15 different massage strokes that promote parasympathetic nervous system functioning including deeper sleep, digestion, absorption, elimination, healing, growth, and development.
Thai MassageThai massage is 60- or 90-minutes of deep stretching for greater movement and relaxation. Often dubbed the "Lazy man's yoga," this gentle technique is received on a comfortable floor mat with clothes on, and incorporates passive stretching, acupressure, deep breathing and reflex work.
Bring massage to the workplace and see the benefits. Research shows massage in the workplace increases productivity and morale and reduces employee absenteeism. For onsite massage, a therapist brings a special massage chair to perform 10–20 minute back, neck, shoulder, and arm massages on fully-clothed recipients.
To ensure therapist availability, we ask for at least two weeks notice for a request for on-site massage. If you are unable to give advanced notice, we will try our best to make someone available. All of our therapists have regular working hours at Mettler, so we cannot guarantee availability.
How To Make An Appointment
To make an appointment, please call the Mettler Center at 217.356.6543.
Hours available 7 days a week
Mettler’s appointment policy
states that anyone who fails to appear for a scheduled massage appointment or
who cancels a massage appointment without 24 hours advance notice will be charged
50% of the scheduled service fee.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule a massage therapy appointment at the Member Services desk or by calling the Mettler Center at 217.356.6543.
Do I have to be a member to get a massage?
No, you do not have to be a member of either Mettler location to receive massage. However, our members do receive a 10% discount off the regular price of a massage.
How do I know which treatment is right for me?
No two bodies are the same, so no two treatments will be the same! Our therapists cater each massage to the specific needs of the client. Your therapist will go over your needs and expectations before the massage, and review your health history. If you have questions before scheduling, you may call and ask to speak to the massage coordinator or another massage therapist.
How long will my visits last?
Your visit with one of our therapists will vary from 30, 60, or 90 minutes.
What training do massage therapists have?
All of the massage therapists at Mettler have undergone extensive training at an accredited school of massage therapy and have graduated with a minimum of 500 hours of course work. Our massage therapists are fully licensed in the state of Illinois, and many are also Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, as well as being members of reputable massage associations. Additionally, our massage therapists continuously refine their skills through a minimum of 48 hours of continuing education every four years.
What should I wear?
You may wear whatever you'd like to your appointment. The massage therapist will leave the room and allow you to undress to the level of your own personal comfort. You will be fully covered by a sheet throughout the entire massage, except for the area of the body that the massage therapist is working on. If you are getting a back massage, it is best that you remove your bra to allow all areas of your back to be addressed. Your modesty will be respected at all times.
What office policies should I be aware of?
It’s important to know that Mettler charges half the scheduled service fee to clients who fail to appear at for scheduled appointment or who cancel an appointment without 24 hours advance notice. Because of scheduling, if you are late to an appointment, it might not be possible for you to have your full session time.
Will my insurance cover massage therapy?
Most insurance companies don't cover massage therapy, but check with your specific health provider to find out their policies.
Do you have gift certificates?
Yes, we have gift certificates available in any amount or for any service.