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.

A note about deep tissue work: Yes, we can use deep pressure on you. However, we don’t think it is always the best way to achieve relaxed muscles. Muscles are designed not only to move the body but to protect it as well. Working too deeply on muscles can make them resistant to release. Talk to your massage therapist about deep work, and how they can best help your particular issues.

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.

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), sometimes called manual lymphatic therapy, 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, increasing comfort. 

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.

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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.

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.

Postural Balancing

Postural Balancing is a gentle and subtle therapeutic massage that affects the body in a deep and profound way while remaining safe and effective.

How Does It Work?

The body encounters a lot on its journey. With any injury, big or small, the body will compensate and find a new normal to cope. Sometimes the adaptation is not ideal. This misalignment may set up the body for further injury. Think of someone who has a foot injury and needs to wear a boot. This may limit movement and will change the person’s gait and the position of their pelvis, and shoulder girdle to say the least. Postural Balancing can bring you back into balance! This helps with pain reduction and creates an environment for healing to take place. Postural Balancing draws on many proven techniques, integrating Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point, and Swedish Massage, to name a few.

Who Can Benefit?

Postural Balancing has helped a variety of clients. Whether you have neck, jaw, shoulder, lower extremity or back pain from hours at the computer, work habits, child rearing, stress of daily living, are an injured weekend warrior, or lack flexibility, this technique can help you. Clients with chronic illness and cancer appreciate the profound sense of well-being, lower anxiety and depression, and better sleep after receiving Postural Balancing. The treatment relies on the body’s own internal wisdom regarding what it needs. This combined with the gentleness of the approach makes Postural Balancing a good choice for many ailments and situations.

Indications for Postural Balancing at a glance:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging Discs
  • Depression
  • Limited Movement
  • Stress
  • And more

What to expect during a treatment?

  • There is no need to be undressed for this massage. It is recommended to bring shorts and a t-shirt to change into.
  • Sessions are an hour in length, the first appointment lasts 75 minutes and includes a postural assessment.
  • Most often it can take 2-5 treatments as we may be working through layers of misalignment dating back to old injuries.
  • The body’s tendency is to revert to old habits so it is recommended not to wait longer than 7-14 days between your 1st and 2nd sessions.
  • Afterwards many clients feel grounded, freedom of movement, less pain, and better posture, as well as healing from current and old injuries.

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.

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