Massage therapy at the Samueli Center is used to treat:
- Frozen shoulder
- Jaw and neck pain
- Joint pain
- Knee pain
We offer many types of massage, including:
- Medicinal massage: This type of massage is used to resolve specific medical conditions diagnosed by your physician. A variety of techniques may be used, all with a specific focus on the diagnosed areas.
- Swedish massage: This applies firm but gentle pressure to improve circulation and flexibility, as well as ease muscle aches and tension.
- Sports massage: Athletescan benefit from pre- or post-event massages dedicated to their specific sport. Focus is often on areas of overuse or repetitive injuries.
- Lymphatic massage: This gentle pressure massage is often recommended for lymph node surgery patients as a way to drain excess lymph fluids.
- Pre- and perinatal massage: This offers a healthy way to relieve stress, reduce the discomforts of pregnancy and promote overall well-being.
- Trigger point massage: A trigger point is hyperirritated tissue that, when compressed, causes pain and tenderness. This massage technique applies focused pressure to release this trigger point.
- Oncology massage: This customized bodywork addresses the ongoing needs of those with a history of cancer treatment.
- Kinesio taping: Unlike traditional athletic taping which immobilizes body parts, kinesio taping encourages movement and channeling of fluids. It provides surface pressure and tension to enhance the effects of massage.
The Samueli Center also offers Ayurvedic massage therapies. These vastly different massage techniques using warm oils offer their own set of benefits for health and well being. Learn more about Ayurvedic therapies ›
Our massage therapy program is led by Melissa Ricker, CMT.
Ricker is a board-certified medical massage therapist who treats patients for pain management, sports injuries, stress reduction and general wellness. She is trained in multiple specialized therapies, including lymphatic massage, pre- and perinatal massage and sports massage.
Melissa collaborates regularly with the other Samueli Center providers, and she also instructs premedical students at the UC Irvine School of Medicine about the benefits of massage therapy.