Massage Therapy hours expanded at VMH

Massage Therapy at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital has expanded its massage therapy hours with a full-time therapist, Shannon Bernatz, who is pictured above at right, in one of the massage therapy treatment rooms. She joins part-time therapist Vicki Klepper, pictured above at left, in making massage therapy available to the area communities five days a week with more expanded hours, including more evening hours. Scheduling can now be done online at Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital has expanded its massage therapy hours with a full-time therapist, allowing services and scheduling to be more readily available. With the addition of full-time therapist Shannon Bernatz, LMT, the hours of availability for scheduling a massage have greatly expanded. Hours for scheduling a massage now include: Mondays 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Massages are available in 30-minute, 60-minute and 90-minute increments.

The benefits of massage therapy include decreasing anxiety, enhancing sleep, increasing energy, improving circulation, improving concentration and reducing fatigue, among others.

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.
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.
Reflexology: Massage of the feet, hands, and/or ears.  Stimulates corresponding areas in the body.
Pregnancy Massage: Comforting, safe and beneficial all the way up to due date and after.
Cupping Therapy: A treatment that incorporates cups into a massage, using air suction on tight muscles which creates more blood flow to the area, ultimately reducing stagnation, tension and pain.

To schedule a massage online, go to  Under the “Services” tab, scroll down and choose “Massage Therapy.” Click on the red box entitled “Online Scheduling.” Choose the length of massage, then choose a therapist, date and time for the massage. After entering that information, click on “Confirmation” to confirm the appointment.

For questions or assistance making an appointment, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.