Massage therapy services expanded at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has announced the expansion of its massage therapy services with an additional therapist, allowing such services to be more readily available. Pictured is Edna Wyninger (left), Licensed Massage Therapist and Reflexologist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, with new therapist, Shannen Mezera (right), in the massage treatment room of the hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has announced it has expanded its massage therapy services with an additional therapist, allowing services to be more readily available.
Shannen Mezera, Licensed Massage Therapist, has joined the Rehabilitation team at the hospital, working with Edna Wyninger, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, who began offering these services at Veterans Memorial Hospital over 15 years ago.  Now massage therapy and reflexology services are available five days a week at the hospital, including evening hours.
The benefits of massage therapy include decreasing anxiety, enhancing sleep, increasing energy, improving circulation, improving concentration and reducing fatigue.
“I am very excited to have Shannen on staff here at Veterans Memorial Hospital,” states Wyninger. “It is so good to offer another day and more hours for massage and I can tell you from experience that Shannen gives a very good massage.”
The types of massage offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital have also expanded and now include the following:
Swedish Massage: The most common form of massage, Swedish, mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains.
Heated Stones: A deep, penetrating, moist heat that is used to warm up and relax tight muscles during treatment.
Body Wraps: This treatment includes a massage using an exfoliation medium that leaves the skin feeling nourished and softened.
Sports Massage: For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages; pre-event, post-event, and during training.
Compassionate Touch: A very gentle massage appropriate for an elderly or ill person.
Reiki: Balances the energetic systems of the body.
Reflexology: Massage of the feet, hands, and/or ears.  Stimulates corresponding areas in the body.
CranioSacral Therapy: A gentle touch that releases tension helping eliminate pain and stress.
Raindrop Treatment: A technique using essential oils along the spine and on the feet.
“I chose Veterans Memorial Hospital because of its ongoing positive reputation,” states Mezera. “Massage therapy can be a great piece to add to anyone’s wellness plan - therefore, we are in the perfect place! I appreciate that VMH offers free massage services to patients staying in the hospital. I truly enjoy being able to work on the patients here. Whether they are battling cancer, an injury, or experiencing the birth of a new baby, it is so rewarding and I am grateful to be here!”
For more information on the benefits of massage therapy or to make an appointment, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.