The Darien YMCA is now offering massage therapy to complete its integrated approach to fitness and health.

The team of licensed therapists offers a wide variety of massages, including therapeutic, deep tissue and Swedish, with some having specialties in prenatal and Thai.

Massage therapy is more than just "pampering"; it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits for all ages and fitness levels. Studies have shown that massage therapy assists in the treatment of sports injuries, reduces stress hormones in the blood, decreases cytokine proteins related to inflammation and boosts white blood cells that fight infection. Some of the many medical conditions that massage therapy has been known to help treat are arthritis, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, asthma, tension headaches and insomnia.

Massage therapy can help to not only prevent a problem from recurring, but also to foresee and take measures against other muscle pains. While massage therapy helps to treat problem areas on the body, it also boosts endorphins to help enhance mood, increase relaxation and calm patients, which has been known to lead to an improvement in other areas.

Massages at the Y can be purchased by members and nonmembers in single sessions, five packs and 10 packs for 30, 60 or 90 minutes. There is also a new personal training/massage combo pack available, which allows an individual to train and treat his or her body with eight training sessions and two massages. A variety of different types of massages are available to choose from at no additional cost.

For information or to make an appointment, visit or call 203-912-3570.

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