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Massage & Acupuncture

Massage & AcupunctureThe Teal Center for Therapeutic Bodywork is now providing professional massage and acupuncture services, in designated massage rooms at Virginia Hospital Center. Doctors, nurses, patients, family members and friends can schedule an appointment for an inpatient to receive a massage. The patient’s doctor needs to approve the request before the patient can be seen by a massage therapist. The Teal Center staff will facilitate that approval promptly in order to ensure the patient receives a safe, authorized massage as soon as possible. There is always some degree of touch that can be provided regardless of the condition of the patient. A therapist will be happy to visit any hospital room to provide appropriately adapted massage therapy. Inpatient massage is a self-pay service and is available when a credentialed therapist is not booked with patients in the suite.


Teal Center practitioners are trained in a wide variety of massage modalities. To learn more, please click on the links below to expand or collapse.

Inpatient Massage

Teal Center massage therapists began working with patients at Virginia Hospital Center in 2005. Therapists who have been credentialed by the Hospital to see inpatients provide therapeutically and comfort touch massage to patients throughout the hospital; in the ICU, Mother/Baby, Oncology, Acute Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Hospice, post-surgical units and other departments, as needed.

Pre- and Post-Natal Massage

Specially designed for the comfort and well-being of mothers during the childbearing years, women will now have access to pre- and post- natal massage. During pregnancy and following the birth of a child the mother's body needs special care. Massage therapy can help mothers adjust to the changes that occur during pregnancy and relieve some of the discomforts they may experience, such as low back pain and edema. The relaxing effects of massage therapy are very useful in preparation for labor and delivery, and following birth bodywork to restore the pelvis to its proper alignment and ease the shoulder tension is highly recommended.

Pediatric Craniosacral

A gentle, non-invasive approach that can be helpful for many conditions common to infants and young children. Craniosacral therapy gently encourages the release of trauma stored in the nervous system, normalizing movement of connective tissue, body fluids and cranial bones. In turn the brain, organs and systems of the body can function more optimally.

Oncology Massage

Therapists trained in oncology massage have a working knowledge of cancer and its effects on the body, what treatments are available, how those treatments can affect an individual and the ways in which massage and other hands-on modalities can be employed to mitigate symptoms, lessen pain and improve mood, energy, perspective and strength. Our therapists can work with surgical scars to return range of motion, help manage lymphedema, and decrease and even reverse the effects of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Informed by careful observation and assessment, Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) incorporates specific and thorough manipulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia to relieve pain by erasing trigger points, reducing nerve entrapment, correcting postural distortion and relieving pressure in joints.

Swedish & Deep Tissue

Classic Swedish massage technique involves gentle manipulation using strokes such as gliding, kneading, stretching and tapping to promote circulation, relaxation, stress reduction, and general wellbeing. Deep tissue technique incorporates more focused, penetrating strokes such as compression and cross fiber friction to facilitate the release of specific muscles that are taught or knotted. These techniques are often combined with a full body massage

Sports Massage

Used to support training, improve performance, speed recovery and reduce the risk of injury, sports massage incorporates a wide variety of techniques, sometimes including assisted stretching. If an injury does occur, specialized techniques reduce swelling and inhibit the formation of scar tissue. Each therapist has specific modalities and approaches they use to address sports related concerns.


Reiki is a 10,000-year-old system of energy healing in which the practitioner places his hands gently and lightly in different positions on a person's clothed body. The Reiki practitioner is the vehicle through which healing universal life force energy is accessed and transmitted to the receiver to accelerate natural healing and balance of the body, mind, and spirit, thereby heightening energy, relieving emotional or physical pain or stress, and facilitating deep relaxation, personal growth, and enhancement of spiritual awareness.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) & Lymph Drainage Therapy (LTD)

These very gentle touch techniques stimulates the flow of the lymphatic system, one of the key components of the immune system. The primary function of the lymph system is to remove toxins and waste from the body. When the lymphatic system is working effectively you are better equipped to fight colds, resist allergens, reduce swelling and experience an overall sense of wellbeing. This work can be beneficial for people with lymphedema, from stage 0 to those who have received Complete Decongestive Therapy.

Strain Counterstrain

Developed by Osteopath Dr. Lawrence Jones, this positional release technique corrects abnormal neuromuscular reflexes by finding the client's position of comfort and determining at what point tenderness diminishes, allowing the body to reset the muscles to a normal level of tension. Because strain counterstrain is very gentle, it is invaluable for clients experiencing acute muscular pain.


Acupuncture is a traditional Asian healing technique that supports the body’s natural capacity to heal and stay well. Because it affects the entire body and all of the organ systems, it can address a wide range of conditions from chronic and acute pain to insomnia and digestive disorders.

Acupuncture is appropriate for people of all ages, and for those with few symptoms it is a great way to maintain and optimize health. After an acupuncture treatment, people typically feel very relaxed, energized and at ease.

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization to be effective in the treatment of many conditions, including those listed below.

  • Gastrointestinal (Acid reflux, Diarrhea/Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Bloating/Nausea/Vomiting, Eating Disorders, other digestive issues)
  • Pain (Acute and Chronic Pain, Back/Neck/Shoulder/Knee Pain, Sciatic, Musculoskeletal Pain, Whiplash, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Headaches/Migraines, TMJ/Jaw Pain)
  • Renal (Urinary Tract Infection/Cystitis, Yeast Infection, Water Retention, Overactive Bladder, Urination Problems)
  • Respiratory (Asthma, Allergies, Snoring, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Common cold)
  • Other Issues (Addictions Mood-related Disorders, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Hypertension, Fatigue, Sleeping Problems, Dizziness, Side effects of Chemo/Radiation, Stroke Rehabilitation, PTSD)
  • Women’s Health (Premenstrual Syndrome, Irregular Periods, Menopausal Symptoms, Infertility, Morning Sickness)

The Teal Center

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