Massage and Mobility Services

For those seeking to improve their mobility, fitness, and functional performance, Refuge Wellness in Republic, MO is excited to partner with you to help you enhance your health and wellness. Our expertise offers a variety of techniques that can help you reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, and help prevent injury.

Our specialized massage therapy services are designed to promote your physical and mental health, and we are dedicated to providing personalized care that meets your unique needs and help you achieve your movement goals.

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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is most appropriate if you are recovering from an injury, coping with a chronic musculoskeletal diagnosis, participate in labor-intensive hobbies or occupation, or simply if you prefer deep-tissue massage techniques. Modalities including cupping, instrument-assisted tissue mobility, muscle-energy techniques, neuromuscular facilitation, and taping may be utilized at therapist discretion.

Prenatal & Perinatal Massage

Are you looking to relax, prepare, or recover as a momma?

This is the massage for you. With safe techniques and positioning, both the momma and baby will appreciate this special time dedicated for you!

Pregnant Woman Perinatal Prenatal Massage
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Swedish Relaxation Massage

Swedish massage is most appropriate if your goal for your treatment session is merely to relax. If you prefer a lighter touch during your massage due to age, inflammatory diseases, or just because that's what you like, this is the massage for you!

Movement Consultation

If you keep feeling like your body is not moving the way it should, either at work or play, let's work together to find ways to optimize your movement and minimize risk of injury. Combining a physical therapy and sports massage background gives us a unique combination of skills to observe your movement and recommend ideas you can implement to reach your goals.

Your movement consultation will typically last for at least 30 minutes.

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Meet Katie; PT, DPT, LMT

Katie, our primary massage therapist in Republic, MO, has experience with a medical background. She holds credentials as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

Katie strives to be the best massage therapist in Republic, MO. She saw a need for more accessible wellness healthcare and  founded Refuge Wellness as a means to help people progress through a wellness path.

Her background in medical massage therapy allows for a unique, specialized approach in guiding people through a health and wellness journey centered around mobility, performance, athleticism, and functional movements of everyday life. Thus, Katie's greatest strengths reside in sports massage, mobility education, and injury prevention.

Cornerstones of Mobility

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Moving freely and easily through a full range of motion allows for the ability to perform various physical activities, such as walking, running, lifting, and reaching, without experiencing pain or discomfort. Mobility can be impacted by a range of factors, including injury, illness, and aging. Massage and physical therapy techniques are often used to improve mobility by reducing pain and inflammation, increasing flexibility and range of motion, and strengthening muscles and joints. By enhancing mobility, individuals can improve their overall physical function and quality of life.

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Injury Prevention

Injury prevention involves the use of techniques and strategies to reduce the risk of injury during physical activity. This can include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as massage therapy to reduce muscle tension and improve circulation. Injury prevention strategies may also involve education and training on proper body mechanics and movement patterns to help individuals avoid common injuries associated with their specific activities or sports. By focusing on injury prevention, individuals can reduce the likelihood of experiencing pain, discomfort, or limitations in their physical function, and maintain their overall health and well-being.

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Functional Fitness

Functional fitness refers to the ability of an individual to perform everyday activities and movements with ease and efficiency. This includes activities such as walking, climbing stairs, lifting objects, and reaching overhead. Functional fitness is achieved through exercises and movements that mimic real-life activities and focus on improving strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Massage and physical therapy can be used to support functional fitness by reducing pain and inflammation, improving joint mobility, and increasing muscle strength and flexibility. By improving functional fitness, individuals can enhance their overall physical function and quality of life, and reduce the risk of injury or limitations in their daily activities.