Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Massage Therapy

All of the massage therapists at Holistic Lakewood are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio. We are specially trained in providing therapeutic massage through various means.

People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). We have training in many of these “modalities” such as Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, PNF (facilitated stretching), MET (muscle energy technique), deep tissue, wave mobilization, positional release, myofascial release, to name a few.

When you come in for a massage, you’ll discuss your goals for the session with your massage therapist and they will use one or more techniques to tailor the session to meet your needs.

Specialized Massage


Prenatal/Postnatal Massage

Prenatal massage is massage therapy that is specially tailored for pregnant women. It differs from a regular massage in various ways and is performed by massage therapists trained to tailor the massage to the changing body of a woman as she goes through pregnancy. Special bolstering and positioning are used to make our pregnant clients comfortable. Prenatal massage is safe at all stages of pregnancy, from 1st trimester to 2 weeks overdue and uncomfortable!

Postnatal massage takes into consideration the special needs of a woman after the birth of a child. The body slowly recovers from pregnancy and childbirth (and, possibly, a C-section) and special bolstering may still be warranted. Holding and nursing an infant puts particular strain on the neck, shoulders and upper back. Sleepless nights don’t help. Postnatal massage can ease the achiness of it all and soothe rattled nerves.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are considered to have a high-risk pregnancy we will need a note from your doctor before we can perform prenatal massage.

Compression and Joint Work

If you are uncomfortable about removing your clothes for your massage session and/or don’t want us to use lotion on your skin, then Compression and Joint Work might just be the service for you because it is performed without lotion and with clothing on.  Compression is a massage technique performed by applying pressure to muscles, pressing down into the tissue, lifting the hands, moving to a different area and repeating.  Just with all of our techniques, pressure can range from light to deep.  In addition to the compression, the therapist will do some movement and traction of the joints, helping to lubricate the joint capsule and keep the joint functioning smoothly.

What to expect:

The treatment is done over clothing while you lay on a padded massage table. Compressions are a manual massage technique that applies direct pressure onto muscles and soft tissues. Compressions are performed by pushing down and holding pressure onto a muscle. Pressure is then released and repeated in a different area.

Why it works:

Compression is used to help relieve tight muscles, decrease pain, and promote relaxation. Pressure is applied across the soft tissues increasing temperature and circulation. Increased temperature allows the muscle to soften and lengthen. Compression techniques can also help stimulate the nervous system to aid relaxation. The nervous system encourages relaxation and digestion in the body. When the nervous system is stimulated, hormones such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine are released. Endorphins, serotonin and dopamine are hormones that produce feelings of calmness, content and happiness.

Oncology Massage

An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment.

When you receive an oncology massage, you receive traditional, established massage therapy techniques that are adapted to your unique health situation. The changes that might be made will be related to pressure, positioning and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, bone metastases or skin reactions to treatment. 


Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) uses light touch to move excess lymph and fluid out of the tissues and back into the lymphatic vessels. MLD reduces/eliminates swelling and pain from injuries, post-surgical situations and chronic swelling conditions.

What can Manual Lymphatic Drainage treat?

MLD effectively treats a wide range of health conditions, injuries, and post-surgical situations where swelling and pain are present. Any type of chronic swelling in the tissue is referred to as lymphedema. Oftentimes, patients will experience postoperative lymphedema following a mastectomy or other oncology-related surgical procedure.

MLD is often implemented to help alleviate excess fluid and help the healing process by decreasing bruising and swelling. 

Manual lymphatic drainage appointments:

Due to the specialized nature of the Manual Lymphatic Drainage service, and the popularity of the service, we have found it necessary to implement the following policy.

When scheduling an appointment for Manual Lymphatic Drainage, clients are required to pay 100% of the service cost upfront as a prepayment to secure the appointment. No refunds will be given.

If you fail to show for your appointment or you reschedule with less than 24 hours notice, you forfeit the prepayment.

There are no refunds for Manual Lymphatic Drainage appointments.


Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. This method of whole-body evaluation may have a positive impact on nearly every system of the body. Originated by William Sutherland and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, CST has proven to be effective in facilitating the body’s ability to self-heal. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams (or about the weight of a nickel) practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the  functioning of the central nervous system. In turn, relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by helping to lessen pain and boost health and immunity.

CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraines
  • TMJ/Jaw Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Scoliosis
  • Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Neck and Back pain
  • Post-Dental Work

CST sessions are also a wonderful way to maintain your health and vitality even if you are symptom free!

What to expect:

The treatment is done over clothing while you recline on a padded massage table.  Gentle techniques are applied to the whole body and bring about a state of deep calm and relaxation. These subtle maneuvers can release restrictions deep within the surrounding membranes of the brain and central nervous system. Many people feel a shift in energy and a deep sense of relaxation after a CST session.

Why it works:

Day-to-day stress, poor posture, and other factors can create restrictions in the CranioSacral system, leading to pain, headaches, and muscle tension. CranioSacral therapy focuses on stimulating the cranial sutures, diaphragms and fascia (connective tissue) in and around the cranium and spine to release these obstructions and restore an unrestricted flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

For a more in depth look at CST, please visit:


add on serviceS


One great way to enhance your massage is getting aromatherapy as an add-on service. Aromatherapy involves the use of naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote health of the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy is a holistic practice that has been used for many years as part of the healing process. Aromatherapy involves more than just smell, the oils used during aromatherapy are said to have a chemical effect on the body. When aromatherapy is used during massage, the massage therapist massages an essential oil into the body. This essential oil is added to the massage lotion to offer either relaxation, calming, soothing or stimulating therapeutic effects to optimize your massage. 

Aromatherapy can be added to any massage for an additional $5.

Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient traditional Chinese and Middle Eastern practice that dates back to 1550 BCE. In modern times it is used to increase blood flow and relief muscle tension. The trained massage therapist uses plastic or silicone cups and applies them to the skin for a few minutes.

How does it work? Oxygen and nitrates reach all cells through blood flow. Additionally, lactic acid (and other cell waste) is cleared by healthy blood flow. When tissue (muscle) is overloaded or injured, adhesions occur there, creating hypertonic (tight) muscles. This leads to pain and limited range of motion.

The massage therapist applies the cups to the affected area using suction. This suction pulls the skin, tissue and muscles upward, thereby helping to remove adhesions and restore proper blood flow. In turn, increased blood flow can help relieve muscle tension, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and enhance circulation.

What to expect:

  • You will feel a pull on the skin and muscles under the suction cup.  It may feel uncomfortable but should not hurt. This usually dissipates within a minute. If you are in pain, please let your practitioner know and they can lessen the suction.
  • Cupping can leave purple marks on the skin!  Some people call them cupping “kisses,” but whatever you call them they can definitely be very noticeable.  Perhaps you’ve seen pictures of famous athletes with purple round patches on their backs or shoulders.  That is from cupping! You should avoid cupping if you are concerned about these marks showing at an upcoming special event.   Bruising can last for a week or two.
  • Be sure to eat something before you come for your appointment.  

Cupping can be added to any massage for an additional $10.


Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage is a massage technique that uses water-heated, smooth basalt stones to relax and massage sore muscles. The stones are never set directly on the client’s skin but are used as an extension of the massage therapist’s hands as they perform the massage, or are placed (wrapped in a towel) upon the back or torso. The heat is deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles relax more easily.

Hot Stones can be added to any massage for an additional $20.


30-Minute Stretching Session

While we often incorporate a bit of stretching into your massage session, our stretching sessions allow us to spend more time focusing just on lengthening shortened, tight muscles.

Using various techniques, we help each client achieve more flexibility than they could by stretching on their own.

In addition to improving flexibility, benefits of a stretching session include: Increased mobility and range of motion, improved circulation – increases blood flow to muscles, stress relief, reduced muscle tension, decrease risk of injury, prevention of muscle strain and cramps and improved overall health.

Who can participate in a stretching session? Anyone EXCEPT the following:

  • pregnant women
  • those with an acute injury

A stretching session is best done wearing clothes you can move in such as shorts, sweatpants, leggings, yoga pants and t-shirts.


Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that are linked to every part of the body, and applying pressure to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.

A Reflexology session is deeply relaxing and soothing to the nervous system, is highly effective in relieving stress, anxiety, aches, pains and increases circulation and energy levels. A session is performed fully-clothed (except for shoes and socks) on the massage table. A 30-minute session is performed only on the feet, while a 60-minute session includes work on the hands as well.

Root Revival:

A Grounding Experience

For so many of us, the upper body is often a source of chronic pain. When it comes to massage, our focus tends to be on areas such as the neck, shoulders and back. Our Root Revival service is designed for an often overlooked part of our bodies – the lower half, including the hips, legs, and feet. The focus with Root Revival is on the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra’s energy is contained in the area from the base of the spine to the bottoms of the feet and is comprised of whatever grounds you or stabilizes you in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, and even your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear.

Who would benefit from Root Revival?

  • Anyone feeling ungrounded in their life (feelings of being doubtful, fearful, or alone) or perhaps feeling grounded to a fault (feelings of being “stuck” or “uninspired.”)
  • Those who are on their feet a lot! The reflexology and massage techniques (including the benefits of gua sha stones and grounding essential oils) will increase circulation and bring a sense of ease or rejuvenation to the lower body.
  • People looking for a calming, sensory alternative to a regular massage. This offering is designed with your absolute comfort and belonging in mind.

What happens during a Root Revival session? 

  1. Root Revival sessions begin with a foot soak in a copper pot filled with warm water and epsom salts. Why copper? Known for generations for it’s healing properties, ionized copper was used in ancient Egypt as a way to purify water. Simply soaking feet in the bowl encourages a healthier immune system and assists with joint pain and tension relief.
  2. Following the foot soak, your massage therapist will use massage and reflexology techniques, as well as gentle palm healing (Reiki) to help relieve pain and tension in the feet, ankles, knees, and legs.
  3. Grounding essential oils and gua sha stones are used by your therapist if you desire, and you may choose a combination that suits you at the time of your session.

Cold Stone Migraine Therapy

This innovative, multi-faceted approach to migraine relief consists of massage therapy techniques, essential oils applied to the face and pulse points and the use of specially designed cold marble stones placed at strategic areas to reduce inflammation of blood vessels. The synergy of cold stone therapy and aromatherapy helps decrease pain and blood vessel swelling and increases muscle tone. It also promotes well-being, balance, and harmony within the body. Though not always possible, it is ideal to treat migraines as soon as evidence arises. If you are aware of your triggers, you may anticipate when a session is necessary.

The oils used in Cold Stone Migraine Therapy are therapeutic grade and NOT adulterated oils. Adulterated oils contain synthetic chemicals or compounds and can be harmful to the body.

Holistic Lakewood

15217 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

(216) 904-2524


Services are by appointment only.

Our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

© 2023 Holistic Lakewood. All rights reserved.