Have you ever suffered from physical pain that simply wouldn’t go away, no matter what you did? You’re not alone!
Unfortunately, many people who find themselves in this situation either opt for invasive surgery or resign themselves to a lifetime of discomfort. Palmetto-based structural massage therapist Melissa Baskind is working to change that — one patient at a time.
What is Structural Massage Therapy?
When most people think of a massage, they picture themselves relaxing in a spa. However, the type of massage therapy you’ll find here is quite different. While both are designed to heal the body, structural massage therapy, or SMT for short, starts with a head-to-toe assessment of your body.
Next, Melissa designs a “results-oriented treatment plan” that addresses the root causes of the pain, rather than just the symptoms. This plan goes well beyond the time you spend at her office. Instead, it’s based on a partnership where patients aren’t just treated but are also educated and empowered to take an active role in their treatment and recovery.
Not only are patients treated for their pain and compensation patterns, but they’re also taught safe, healthy ways to move their bodies. Ultimately, most experience significant improvements in their mobility and flexibility and begin to feel more comfortable in their bodies.
According to Melissa, the impact of this treatment is often profound. It’s common for her patients to not only realize physical changes, but to experience emotional, psychological, and energetic shifts as well.
Koko Vartalo: A Whole-Body Approach
You can find Melissa at her Palmetto office, aptly named Koko Vartalo. The name, which means “Whole Body” is a perfect description of her holistic approach to pain relief.
This approach enables Melissa to bring relief to those who are suffering from pain caused by a physical, mental, or emotional source. It’s common for SMT to bring relief where conventional medicine and other alternative treatments have failed.
SMT works for a wide variety of people, including business professionals, the elderly, children, and teens. It’s also used to help athletes, dancers, and other sports professionals.
In addition to structural massage therapy, Melissa also uses the Rossiter system and offers stretch therapy and medi-cupping.
If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Melissa and request an appointment. She’s currently offering mini-sessions and free assessments. Both are great ways to get started.
Koko Vartalo is located at 965 Riverside, Palmetto, FL 34221. When you make your appointment, be sure to tell her you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!