Therapeutic Touch Center

Citizens Memorial Hospital offers massage therapy to hospitalized patients, patients utilizing outpatient services/surgery, patient family members, friends and caregivers, as well as the general public. Massage therapy is proven to relieve stress and anxiety relating to medical procedures and help with the healing process. Massage is an excellent means of promoting relaxation and providing relief from the everyday stresses of life. Whether you are seeking relief from pain, searching for a method to deal with stress and anxiety, or wanting to maintain good health, massage may be the answer.

CMH Therapeutic Touch Center is located inside the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at 1501 North Oakland in Bolivar. To make an appointment please call the scheduling department at (417) 328-6261 or (417) 328-7909.

Office Hours:
By Appointment Only
Monday 10:00am - 6:30pm; Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm; Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm; Thursday 10:00am - 6:30pm; Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

**15 minute session - $15.00
30 minute session - $35.00
60 minute session - $55.00

Payment is due at the time of service. Massage therapy is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

**Recommended for patients that are hospitalized. A physician's approval is necessary before a massage session can occur on a hospitalized patient. Services are done at bedside.

Massage Therapy

Massage uses positioning, hands on pressure and movement to promote muscle relaxation and to loosen and increase motion in muscles. Hands-on pressure applied during the massage session may include:

Light Touch - Gentle pressure which affects only the skin and connective tissues.

Medium Touch - Moderate pressure which affects some muscles.

Deep Touch - Involves deep muscular pressure, generally reserved for sports or neuromuscular therapies only.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Physical Level

  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
  • Reduces muscle spasms and tension
  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Increased joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Promote deeper and easier breathing
  • Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids
  • Relief of tension-related headaches
  • Improved posture
  • Strengthened immune system and health maintenance

Mental Level

  • Relaxed state of alertness
  • Reduced mental stress
  • Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately

Emotional Level

  • Satisfying the need for caring and nurturing touch
  • Feeling of well being
  • Greater ease of emotions
  • Reduced levels of anxiety
  • Increased awareness of the mind-body connection
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