Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic's Integrative Medicine and Health program combines conventional medicine with integrative medicine to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Mayo Clinic doctors and certified massage therapists work together to coordinate a massage therapy treatment plan for an injury or condition as part of your care plan.

At Mayo Clinic, massage therapy is not only an outpatient procedure. It's also included in some peoples' hospital stays. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that massage therapy can reduce pain and tension in people facing or recovering from many problems, including:

  • Heart surgery
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon and rectal surgeries

Several Mayo Clinic massage therapists have pursued additional training in techniques such as acupressure, reflexology, kinesiology, mobilization of scar tissue and lymphedema drainage.

Mayo Clinic volunteers also offer hand massage to people staying in the hospital. Studies have found these short 15-minute hand massages can help reduce anxiety; improve happiness, calmness and relaxation; and increase satisfaction.

Mayo Clinic sees the value of massage therapy as an aspect of wellness and offers wellness services. Located on Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus, Rejuvenate Spa at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is a full-service spa offering massage and other relaxation and cosmetic services. The spa services are available to patients and their family members, as well as to staff.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic has been a leader in integrating massage therapy into the hospital experience for almost 20 years. Mayo researchers in the Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program have performed many studies proving the safety and benefit of massage therapy before or after many different types of surgeries and procedures.

People staying in the hospital may have wounds from surgery, or they may have medical equipment attached to them — such as intravenous lines or chest drains. Because of this, Mayo Clinic has developed a training program to prepare massage therapists for this type of work in the hospital. The training program, called the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course, is available at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Each year, medical professionals at Mayo Clinic provide inpatient and outpatient massage to thousands of people dealing with problems ranging from a cancer diagnosis to a sports injury.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Clinical trials

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Feb. 12, 2021
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