Our Clinic

A Wonderful Place for Pain Relief

At Ozark Massage Clinic we focus on pain relief. We give hope! Our specialty is neuromuscular massage therapy.

About Michelle

My name is Michelle Heniff.

I received my basic massage training from Professional Massage Training Center (PMTC) and became Missouri state licensed in 2010. I was taught neuromuscular theory and practice by Doug Nelson who was the massage therapist for the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bulls. (Doug was trained by President Kennedy’s very own Dr Travell Simons, the creator of NMT.)  I became Nationally Board Certified in 2011. I am a member of the American Bodywork and Massage Practitioners. I am also involved in my local chamber of commerce and Masterminds of Biz.

I’m a proud mother of two children, Jade & Wylden. I’ve been married for over 13 years to my wonderful husband Eddie. We own a commercial floor installation company called D9 Flooring and a flat-track roller derby league called MADDerby, located in Branson, Missouri. When I have free time, I love to kayak and sew.

So, yes, I have a very active lifestyle, despite suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I have a very strong opinion on ‘moving it or loosing it’ and I’d rather keep in motion. Having been diagnosed in 2007, and being told I’d be in a wheel chair within three years, I started a very passionate  journey to learn as much as possible about these idiopathic illnesses.

In the research, I discovered one truth for everyone; poor stress management and nutrition is the leading factor for flare-ups and spastic muscle contraction.

I’m probably more sympathetic than most as a therapist. I have a very sensitive approach to pain!

It’s amazing how much pain or chemical waste your body can hold whether it is due to stress, trauma, accidents, illnesses, environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies or an accumulation of all of the above.

I get referrals from doctors, give wellness presentations and sometimes work remotely at business locations.

That means I only see clients by appointment!

I do apologize, but this way I can better serve my community.

Feel comfortable leaving me a message or text at 417-299-4605

Go online to schedule an appointment at ozarkmassageclinic.com

Thanks again for visiting!

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The most effective type of massage therapy for muscular pain is neuromuscular therapy. Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy. The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for pain.

Neuromuscular massage therapy technique consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm, attachment or belly of the muscle. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds or longer.

A thorough therapist will take their time and add different angles with the pressure, as well as incorporating myofascial release therapy done without lotion to separate connective tissue from muscles. This stimulates nerve and lymphatic flow. Another effective tool is positional release. Pinning a shortened non-compliant muscle, then taking it through its fullest range of motion, is great for pain relief. 

Swedish massage therapy increases muscle repair by 6o percent, compared to resting muscle repair at 16 percent. It improves immune function and stimulates blood circulation for optimal health regulation.

Swedish massage therapy is an excellent relaxation technique to control pain while calming the nervous system. This is the reason both neuromuscular and Swedish massage therapies will be proudly offered in your recovery treatment at Ozark Massage Clinic. 

Most people enjoy a massage, but few think about its benefits. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research shows that massage therapy provides several important health benefits such as improving blood circulation, repairing muscles, enhancing range of motion, and boosting endorphin levels (which helps improve mood and decrease the effect of chronic pain).

Knowing your options when it comes to massage therapy will help you make better choices in dealing with any pain you may be experiencing. Pain relief never felt so good!