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Massage & Acupuncture Services

The Teal Center for Therapeutic Bodywork is now providing professional massage and acupuncture services, in designated massage rooms at Virginia Hospital Center. 


  • Oncology Massage
  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Strain Counterstrain
  • Inpatient Massage

Swedish Massage & 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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information about massage services and in-room services at Virginia Hospital Center, please visit The Teal Center's website (the Hospital's location).


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 recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization to be effective in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • 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)

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 and acupuncture treatment, people typically feel very relaxed, energized and at ease.

For more information about acupuncture services at Virginia Hospital Center, please visit The Teal Center's website.

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