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Masterpiece Medical Massage Helps Its Clients Regain Their Lives

By Pamela Sosnowski

For most people, a visit to a massage therapist is wanted to help melt away stress and tight muscles. But for those that have suffered injuries in an automobile accident or are expectant mothers, medical massage may be needed to relieve pain and reduce insomnia. Masterpiece Medical Massage of Albuquerque specializes in therapeutic massage, using the latest techniques and equipment to help patients reclaim a full life.

"Because we have a variety of modalities and approaches, and we have vast experience in our field, we can help someone with long-term pain who may have not found relief elsewhere," explains the clinic's owner, Karla Linden, LMT, NMT. "We use the bodyCushion Body Support System and electric lift tables for extra comfort, especially with our pregnant clients. Pregnancy massage can help alleviate low back and hip pain, increase circulation and reduce swelling in the feet and legs, increase relaxation in preparation for childbirth, as well as many other benefits."

Linden was selected by readers of Albuquerque Magazine as one of the best massage therapists for 2010 and 2011. Her interest in the field was sparked when she was a recipient of massage therapy herself at age 19. After experiencing first-hands the benefits, she decided to receive training and earned her professional massage certification from the Atlanta School of Massage.

Massage therapy delivers a wide range of benefits. Besides alleviating pain, it can improve the range of motion, ease medical dependency, strengthen the body's immune system, increase circulation, decrease depression, and even improve one's skin. At Masterpiece Medical Massage, several techniques are used by the staff to treat clients, depending upon their ailments and needs. Says Linden, "Because we are a professional clinical group, we offer a wide variety of modalities including medical massage, myofascial work, reflexology, trigger point, deep tissue, pregnancy massage, Arvigo Maya abdominal therapy, among many others, and in addition we have acupuncture (performed by a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine) and hypnotherapy, all in a relaxing professional office setting."

The clinic also performs hot stone massage and Reiki energy healing. They also employ passive therapy equipment to enhance the entire healing experience. This includes a Shiatsu iDeal Massage Chair, a Richway BioMat, and a BEMER Mat. Depending upon the device, the equipment uses heat, infrared rays, and massage rollers to deliver treatment. No appointment is needed to enjoy the passive equipment.

Masterpiece Medical Massage is open seven days a week, by appointment. They accept most insurance, including FSA/HSA, medpay, third party, workers compensation claims, Letters of Protection, and are Mi Via providers. Many local doctors refer their patients to the clinic. For Linden and her staff, clients come first. "We LOVE what we do," she says, "and are grateful to be of service."

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