Healing the world, one at a time

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Opened in 2001, Intense Therapy Owner Lisa Slininder heals the untreatable, one person at a time.

Slininder grew up in Japan and when she was younger, her father had neck and shoulder pains, so he asked her to pound on it with her strong hands, she said.

One day he told her, “I wish for you to be a massage therapist when you grow up,” and that is exactly what she did.

“My practice of intense therapy is a new way to heal,” Slininger said. “I am not afraid of anything. My mission is to heal people.”

The medical massage therapist has been practicing for more than 20 years and loves what she does.

“I focus on healthy living for people,” she said. “Medical massage can do so many things from healing dysfunction to immune system deficiency and from time to time, I am discovering that doctors cannot help heal people with certain conditions like I can.”

Slininger talked about a time she had a patient come in who was so constipated, she was in a wheel chair. She was backed up for a week and it was becoming very painful for her.

“After the session, all of a sudden she said, ‘I think I have to go.’ So she got into her wheel chair and went to the bathroom,” Slininger said. “When she came back in, she was pushing the wheel chair, not sitting in it.”

Slininger’s methods of massage are simple, but very effective.

“My work releases the toxins, tension and pain caused by injuries,” she said. “With my help, people can gain relief and ease. Often my work can even heal someone from future surgeries and other medical procedures.”

Slininger also talked about a patient who came in with chest pains, shortness of breathe, and couldn’t help but choke when he spoke.

“His face was very swollen and I told him to see a doctor because I was scared I would make it worse. He told me no, and I started my massage.”

Slininger said she was working on him for hours and he would scream because of the pain.

“His upper back was very hard and his chest would not expand very well. His neck was so bumpy with knots,” she said. “I needed to make sure he was able to breathe. I released the muscles with my medical massage techniques. It took hours and hours, but it finally released.”

Slininger said she didn’t see him for months until he walked into her office one day and said, “Lisa, I have to tell you, you saved my life. I can breathe, I have no chest pain and I can talk again.”

“I was so happy,” she said. “He told me it was truly amazing what I can do. I can do so much to help people.”

Slininger’s techniques include compression, broadening, friction, petrissage, compressive effleurage and tapotement.

Slininger said if someone has a medical condition from a motor vehicle or other accident that a doctor believes can be helped by medical massage, prescription forms can be found on her website for physicians to fill out.

“This is my passion, to help people,” she said. “If I see someone in pain, it’s my mission to heal them.”

Intense therapy is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located at 312 Natoma St. Suite 130, in Folsom.

For more information, go to, or call 916-817-2424.