Sisters Hospital’s Massage Therapy Department is Expanding as They Celebrate Their 7th Anniversary

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February 25, 2010

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts, dating back thousands of years. Recent surveys reveal that each year more physicians are recommending massage to their patients. In response to this growing demand, Sisters Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, is expanding its Massage Therapy Department, which will now be open to the public six days a week.

The hospital will unveil its newly renovated Massage Therapy Wing on Friday, March 5, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a special blessing and ribbon cutting being held at 1 p.m.

Department Manager and Licensed Massage Therapist, Sister Sue O’Neill, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, said after years of bringing joy to so many people, it’s time to expand her growing business. Sister Sue, also known as “Sister Hot Rocks,” in reference to the heated stones she uses during special massage therapy treatments, is the first Licensed Massage Therapist in her 23,000-member order.

Studies have shown that massage not only helps with relieving stress and tension, but symptomatically relieves a variety of conditions such as arthritis, back and neck problems, asthma, depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms and other chronic conditions.

Recognizing the benefits of massage therapy, the American Cancer Society recommends it to cancer patients to help strengthen the immune system and enhance the efforts of chemotherapy, although not to specifically treat cancer. Also, patients suffering from diabetes have more normal blood sugar levels after massage.

The Sisters Hospital Massage Therapy Department offers several types of massage therapy, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, orthopedic massage, stress reduction, hot stone massage and more.

The department accepts a number of insurance programs, including No Fault, flex programs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Erie County Employees, Erie Community College and NFTA.