Massage Therapy

Our licensed massage therapists will quicken your recovery. MVP is proud to offer massage therapy services at a number of locations throughout the Puget Sound region. Whether you are an injured worker, a weekend warrior, or are simply recovering from an accident / injury, MVP's skilled massage therapists can help to quicken your recovery and maximize your results. We accept most insurance plans as well as cash pay massage clients.

  • Therapeutic Massage

    Comprehensive form of massage with emphasis on most efficient path to assist your body with healing injured tissue. Includes sports massage and medical massage to address specific injuries and pre- and post-surgical procedures. Therapeutic massage promotes relief of spasms, increase flexibility and range of motion, faster healing with soft tissue injuries and reduction of pain and swelling related to injuries.

  • Deep Tissue Massage

    Massage with emphasis on deeper pressure in specific points throughout a body which is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. Deep tissue massage reaches the deepest layer of muscle, tendons and fascia whole utilizing slow movements to take to the edge off of your pain.

  • Lymphedema Massage

    This technique utilizes manual pumping of the lymph vessels to remove stagnant fluid, draining the areas where there are lymph nodes and redirecting fluid in the case of lymph node removal. This technique is beneficial to increase relaxation and reduce the size of affected areas.

  • Pre-Natal Massage

    This technique provides relief of low back pain, relief of stress related to pregnancy, increased relaxation and reduce pain and can help with muscle tension around hips and throughout torso related to pregnancy.

  • Relaxation Massage

    The most common and popular type of body work, Relaxation or Swedish-style massage increases oxygen and blood-flow to relaxation and relieve muscular tension. This is beneficial to relieve stress and anxiety.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

You will be greeted by one of our helpful and friendly staff members, and given some paperwork to fill out. After completion of the paperwork, you will meet your massage therapist and taken a massage therapy room.

The therapist will begin by asking you questions about your injury or complaints to establish what areas need to be worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine what type of massage is most beneficial for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition.

It is important to discuss all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs. It is also important to mention any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

Next, you will be given privacy to undress to the level of your comfort as appropriate for your injury, and lie comfortably on the table with a sheet or blanket covering you.

Is massage covered by medical insurances?

Over the last few years, it is more and more common for medical insurances to cover massage therapy. Our helpful staff will be happy to call your insurance company and verify and explain your massage therapy benefits to you.

Massage therapy is typically one of the benefits for auto-accident claims and work-related injuries.

Do I need a referral to initiate massage therapy?

No. It is however maybe needed by your insurance, if massage is one of your benefits. Our helpful staff will be happy to call your insurance company and verify and explain your massage therapy benefits to you.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that’s fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session.

You will get an opportunity to discuss this with your massage therapist before initiation of the session. Remember, you will be covered at all times. Some people choose to wear underclothes; Most people disrobe completely.

Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.

How long will massage session last?

The average massage treatment lasts one hour. Please discuss the optimal for you length of the session with your massage therapist.

Do I have to listen to Enya, whale calls, or flutes during my massage?

Mmmmmm … No. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) 🙂 While slower and quieter music might be more conducive to relaxation, the choice of music (or no music at all) is up to you. If you have a specific preference, please discuss is with your therapist. While studies have shown that music at fewer than 60 beats-per-minute has a calming and relaxing effect on the body … for some people it is not true. The choice is yours!

Which massage is right for me?

We offer numerous massage treatments, including sports, prenatal, Swedish and deep tissue. We also offer a Therapeutic Massage, which is customized to the individual needs of each client. If you’re not sure which type of massage is right for you, we will be happy to discuss it with you. Don’t hesitate to give one of our massage therapists a call.

Do you accept same-day appointments?

Yes! Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your busy schedule.

    Our Massage Therapists:

  • Emma Forslund , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Lakewood Clinic

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    My entire life I have been drawn to helping others. After starting at Tacoma Community College for nursing I decided that, although very necessary, nursing was not the path for me. I decided that I wanted to do something more natural and personal, which is why I chose massage therapy.

    My aspiration as a licensed massage therapist is now to give people another option. To allow people to escape the ultimatum of unnecessary surgeries, chronic pain, and daily medication with therapeutic massage.

    After graduating from Cortiva Institute in May 2015 I joined the team at MVP Physical Therapy at the beginning of August 2015. Working side-by-side with some of the best Physical Therapists, Physical Therapists Assistants and Athletic Trainers to assist patients and athletes in their recovery from injuries and surgeries.

    -Associates Degree in Massage Studies, Cortiva Institute

    -Intro-Level 2 Intensive Thai Yoga massage and Integrated Thai Table massage

  • Carla Pedey , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Lakewood Clinic

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    I graduated from Brenneke School of Massage, in February of 1999, specializing in treatment massage. I have spent much of my massage career treating injuries and medical conditions. I also specialize in pre-natal and post-partum massage, and am a childbirth educator and birth doula.

    I expand my knowledge of treatment techniques though continuing education classes; I have taken an interest in scar tissue release, which is helpful for people recovering from injuries and surgeries. I enjoy helping people feel better, and teaching them self-care techniques.

    When I’m not working or busy with my two kids, I enjoy reading, walking, and baking.

  • Jennifer Singleton , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Fircrest Clinic

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    I am a Licensed Massage Practitioner, and I have actively been practicing since June 2011. I graduated from Clover Park Technical College with a certificate in Clinical Massage Therapy in 2010. I then moved to sunny California to experience a different atmosphere. Apparently California was not where I wanted to live, so I moved back to Washington State. I started working for MVP Physical Therapy in April of 2013.

    I grew up in Lakewood after I moved from Colorado Springs in 1994. I was actively engaged in Girl Scouts when I was young, and I played sports from fast pitch softball, basketball and soccer. I have a daughter named Aspen, and on my down time we enjoy learning new things, utilizing everything the Washington outdoors has to offer like camping, hiking, and 4wheeling.