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 ‚Ķ No. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) ūüôā 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 ‚Ķ 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:

  • Amanda LaShells, LMP, CLT
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Director of Massage Therapy

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    I graduated from Everest in January 2009 and have been actively practicing massage therapy ever since. I expanded my knowledge through continuing education classes, where my skills became more focused on medical and treatment massage. I love being around this industry because I am able to be part of the healing process for many patients. In 2011, I became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as a way to help people with the after effects of any type of node removal. I am also endorsed by Washington State for Intra-Oral Massage to treat jaw disorders.

    I grew up in University Place, Washington. I was very active in high school with the Sports Medicine program and that is where I was first introduced to MVP Physical Therapy. I enjoy running on my down time and spending time with my family.

  • 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

  • Michael Cash , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Lakewood Clinic

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    I was introduced to medical massage there while receiving treatment after a car accident involving a drunk driver.  Massage therapy was a valuable part of my rehabilitation, and this  experience sparked an interest and opportunity to help others in similar situations.

    I am a native of Clearwater,  Florida and had practiced in the Tampa Bay area for over 10 years as the working owner of Clinical Massage and Bodywork. I treated many people who were suffering from chronic pain, injuries and muscular problems.

    I relocated to the Olympia area with my wife and son in January 2017. In my personal time,  I enjoy spending time with his family, Scuba diving and playing guitar.

    – Massage Therapy Degree from Florida Metropolitan University in Tampa, Florida. 2005

    – Board certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

  • Christian Green , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Starfire and Sumner Clinics

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    A board certified ¬†massage therapist ¬†with the ¬†National ¬†Certification ¬†Board ¬†of ¬†Therapeutic Massage ¬†and ¬†Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the ¬†International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) Christian is¬†a treatment massage practitioner, who combines ¬†muscle-specific deep tissue massage with contemporary assessment as treatment protocols to¬†eliminate waisted time and efforts during a session. You won’t just “feel” better, Christian will offer proof that you function better after a session.¬† ¬†
    One of the highlights of Christian’s career involved¬†a three ¬†year partnership with¬†The Chanda Plan Foundation,¬†CO. Whereby¬†individuals living with varying levels of paralysis, were able to receive massage care from him free of charge, in the comfort of their homes.¬†
    Christian is looking forward to decoding whatever specific issue you believe treatment massage can help. 
    When not in the office, Christian keeps his nose in massage research papers, likes sharing with the massage community how the art and science of massage may be impacting the client, and the therapist.   He has  held a seminar and is building a pilot class for the effective use of manual percussion, in addressing muscle excitability.      
  • Deanna Strohm , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Puyallup & Sumner Clinics

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    I value empowering and encouraging people to be their own advocate for health and wellness. I enjoy integrating comprehensive soft tissue manipulation and starching with exercise and education in body mechanics tailored to individual impairments and responses to therapy.
    I am a general practice orthopedic and relaxation massage practitioner with particular interest and experience in adaptive therapy for neck and spinal injuries and conditions.
    I grew up across the country and overseas. I love Washington, rain or shine. I especially enjoy spending time outdoors whether it’s camping, hiking, boating, cycling, playing sports or just reading a good book.

    Bachelor of Science: Foundations of Physical Therapy and Community Health Education, Cedarville University, Ohio, 2010
    Certification of Massage Therapy, Dayton School of Medical Massage, Ohio 2012
    Limited-Branch Medical License, State Medical Board of Ohio, 2012
    Massage Practitioner License , Washington State

  • Carla Pedey , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Fircrest 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.

  • Suzy Firth , LMP
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Tacoma Clinic

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    Hello! I’m Suzy and I moved to the beautiful state of Washington in 1990. I was introduced to massage as part of a healthy lifestyle while doing some semi pro athletic competition. Massage helped with my recovery time and increased my fascination with the body’s ability to heal. I am a believer in massage for its healing benefits but also to control stress in the body . Massage is well documented to be effective not only for its preventative health benefits, but also to assist with injury recovery and pain management and allowing the body to naturally heal. I continue to expand my knowledge, experience and expertise in bodywork with 24 years as a massage therapist, attend workshops and classes to better serve my patients. I am very happy to be part of the MVP team of professionals that are committed to serving the needs of our patients.