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 Ozark Chamber of Commerce, Masterminds of Biz and proud to donate 100s of hours in hands-on healing to many many organizations in my very own community. In 2015 I was proud to start creating local careers within my company as well.

I’m a proud mother of two children, Jade & Wylden. I’ve been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband Eddie. Together we own a very successful commercial flooring installation company and pain relief clinic. In our free time, we love to kayak the Missouri and Arkansas rivers, see as many live concerts as possible and have a healthy habit of traveling and antiquing.

So, yes, I have a very active lifestyle, despite suffering from chronic pain, I started a very passionate journey to learn as much as possible about idiopathic illnesses involving muscle pain referral patterns and connective tissue involvement. This lead me to become a massage therapist so I could learn hands-on noninvasive ways to relieve pain in myself and others suffering like me.

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 emotion, thought, stress, trauma, accidents, illnesses, medication reactions, environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies or an accumulation of all of the above.

I get referrals from doctors daily, give wellness presentations and work remotely at other business locations such as the lovely Lavender Falls Farm.

That means my staff and I can only see clients by appointment!

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

Feel comfortable leaving me a message or send text to 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 is not a modality, as some would think, its actually a thought process & an assessment to better understand the root cause of the client’s pain. Looking for ischemic areas of tissue, trigger points, restricted soft tissue, postural distortions and or biomechanical dysfunction. The techniques used to consist of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on precision areas of muscle, attachment or belly of the muscle. The pressure is usually applied with the fingertips or open palm. Once applied to a muscle spasm or contraction, 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 underlining muscles. This stimulates the fascia.  Another effective tool is positional release. Pinning a shortened non-compliant muscle, then taking it to 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 the range of motion, and boosting endorphin levels (which helps improve mood and decrease the effects 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!