Assisted Healing Massage
Therapeutic massage was a lifesaver for me many years ago when I suffered from chronic pelvic and hip pain. I struggled to control the pain with nsaids and opioids. I used heat and ice, sometimes at the same time to manage my pain. I stopped enjoying life, becoming depressed and anxiety-ridden. After two diagnostic surgeries, my pain became intolerable and I had to quit my job. Physical therapy was the smartest decision my doctor made in regards to my care. From there, I learned how chronic pain affects every system of the body and leads to chronic stress and fatigue. Massage therapy was recommended for stress management. I learned to let go of my pain and began living again. It was a slow process, but one I am grateful for as it has brought me to where I am today.
I am in my fifteenth year of practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2015, I received Board Certification from the National Certification Board of Massage and Bodywork. This is a voluntary certification but is also the highest level in the field of Massage Therapy. This sets me apart from my competition and holds me accountable to the highest standards of practice. In May 2017, I received Advanced Certification in Cancer and Massage and am one of five therapists in Nebraska. Do No Harm is my number one priority.
Over the years, my craft has become more proficient and effective. I specialize in working with men and women who have acute or chronic pain. Incorporated into each massage are stretches and holds which both help reduce pain.
Restorative Massage is mainly Swedish with some deep tissue techniques and Therapeutic Deep Tissue focuses on 1-3 distinct muscle groups that can be addressed in the hour time frame. Occasionally I add massage cupping and/or gua sha, which both help increase local circulation and are directly related to tissue health. These are the two main types of massage therapy I do daily. I also offer Comfort Touch for the elderly and very ill. Comfort Touch is a gentle compression massage that anyone can receive. Reiki healing energy is available to everyone in any massage. Being open to the possibility of change in one’s own body is recommended and encouraged. Myofascial Release (MFR) is used when clients want deep and slow massage with no oil. MFR directly affects the fascial system, a fibrous web of tissue surrounding every organ, muscle, and blood vessel. The Muscle Release Technique (MRT) benefits clients who have injuries resulting from repetitive use such as plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. MRT is most effective with cumulative results when appointments are frequent. Two times per week for four to six weeks is recommended to affect muscle memory and create permanent change.
The Mayo Clinic recommends therapeutic massage for people diagnosed with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Scoliosis, Whiplash and many others. I have worked with clients who have these conditions and have seen great results over time. Massage Therapy is an investment in your health. It is a proactive option for stress management with stress being the number one cause of illness.
I specialize in pain reduction with the ultimate goal of an improvement in daily living. Clients who receive weekly therapeutic massage show an improvement in sleep quality and duration, waking with more energy and motivation. Mood is improved with the release of endorphins during the massage. Muscle memory, the principle that explains how repetition of any task becomes more efficient and easier with time is also true of massage therapy. The more frequently you receive therapeutic massage, the better your body will feel. Therapeutic massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which relaxes and calms the body. Living constantly in “fight or flight” is unhealthy and can lead to a myriad of health conditions.
Medical Massage certification is my next area of study and will complete during the first half of 2018. My goal is for Assisted Healing Massage to become an Evidence-Based Practice, working directly with allied health professionals. Evidence-based practices are gaining a foothold in many communities as people seek resolution to muscle injuries. When resolution is met, these same clients are then transitioned to wellness massage to maintain muscle health. This process varies from person to person and injury to injury. However, Medical Massage has a timeline and developed program with established research showing its efficacy and effectiveness.
I had been suffering from severe migraines and tension headaches for over a year. A few fender benders and a desk job really took their toll on my neck. When I began having headaches daily, combined with nausea and vomiting, the chiropractor I worked for began giving me weekly adjustments. This resulted in fewer headaches, but still had a headache 4 -5 times/month. Sometimes my neck was so tight that it could not be adjusted. After my first massage with Dawn, I began to realize how tight my neck muscles were and how this affected the rest of my body. I have gone two months now without a severe headache.
Over the last decade, I have had sporadic symptoms of plantar fasciitis. I talked to Dawn about this and she recommended massage. I will admit, I was skeptical but I did not want my feet to get any worse, so I decided to give it a try. The change was gradual, but after a few appointments, I began noticing that my feet hurt less especially upon taking my first step every morning. I don’t fear that my first step will be painful anymore. Dawn and I talked about the shoes I wear and how they contribute to plantar fasciitis. Now I know what I need to do to take care of my feet so I can say goodbye to this pain for good! Natalie H.
I’d been experiencing considerable pain in my lower back and upper right leg, making it quite difficult for me to sit for prolonged periods of time, which was routinely required for my job and my 20-30 mile commute to work. After several months of increasing pain, I had an x-ray revealed deterioration of L4 caused by degenerative arthritis, resulting in sciatica. My doctor prescribed Celebrex, but I began research for alternative treatment as I did not trust the possible side-effects of the drug. After 3 months of unsatisfactory chiropractic treatments, I decided to see Dawn Wagner, a Massage Therapist at Massage & Bodywork due to her experience. I did not want to go to a spa or salon as I knew I needed therapy. I could tell from Dawn’s bio that she promoted massage as a health service. It was indeed a wise decision. Bi-monthly and then monthly sessions, plus an herb Dawn mentioned, Super-Cissus, which helps with muscle and tendon pain, I made gradual improvements. It was slow at first which Dawn made sure to mention when we began, but after a little over a year, I hardly experience any pain. This was recently substantiated (December 2013) after an 1,800 mile drive, which would have been pure torture the year before. I am truly grateful to Dawn and her ability to help me overcome sciatica and return to a normal life free from pain. Denny N.
I have received several massages from Dawn Wagner in 2016. In my first session with her, Dawn was able to resolve an ongoing trigger point issue in my thigh using deep tissue techniques. I have not had any trouble with it since. Due to my active lifestyle and lots of tennis, I also have low back and neck issues. Her deep tissue techniques have helped more than any chiropractic care I have received over the years. I tried a Myofascial Release massage most recently and it was SOOOOO relaxing. This is the answer if you need to relax or are so stressed that you are not sleeping. I fell asleep several times during the hour appointment. Maggie S.
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