What is Orthopedic Massage Therapy?

Orthopedic Massage Therapy is a multidisciplinary approach to relieving muscular and soft tissue pain, dysfunction, and injuries.  It is also utilized to help clients regain and improve their health and fitness. A multidisciplinary approach is far more powerful than one technique or form of treatment.


Pioneered and developed by internationally renowned massage therapist, James Waslaski, Orthopedic Massage Therapy uses three major processes:

• Functional musculoskeletal assessment

• Customized deep tissue and fascia massage

• Systematic strength and stretch training and exercises


Properly performed and directed by a licensed therapist, Orthopedic Massage Therapy restores the body’s structural balance, significantly reduces acute soft tissue pain, and improves flexibility.


Who benefits from Orthopedic Massage Therapy?

Clients who benefit from orthopedic massage suffer from conditions including:


Chronic pain and sports injuries

Thoracic-outlet syndrome


Rotator-cuff injuries

Bicipital tendinitis

Shoulder impingement

Carpal-tunnel syndrome


Nerve entrapments

Progressive joint arthritis

Low back pain

Bulging discs

SI joint pain



Functional Musculoskeletal Assessment

During the first session, the client provides their clinical history, including a description of the pain or concerns they have. We perform range-of-motion tests to help determine the exact cause or pathology of each musculoskeletal complaint. We evaluate the degree of flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, and medial and lateral rotation to determine which muscle groups are tight. We also assess both the passive and active ranges of motion to determine which specific muscle-tendons are involved.


Evaluation is an ongoing process, and as the client changes from session to session, we properly adjust to pair the appropriate treatment with the exact underlying condition.


Clinical Deep Tissue and Miofacial Massage
 (also known as Orthopedic Manual Therapy)

The body’s musculoskeletal framework system includes the bones, joints, muscles, and other connective tissues-those parts that allow us to move. Every body performs differently, depending on the specific concerns that need to be addressed. So, an individualized approach is taken – whether it is adjusting the structural balance of the entire body or simply focusing on a specific clinical condition.


We match the physiology of the injury to a technique that treats that body component or system. We implement clinical techniques to manipulate and move the soft tissues to reduce or eliminate pain and dysfunction. The goal is to balance every muscle group around each joint in the body, which involves lengthening shortened muscles and stimulating and strengthening weak opposing muscle groups.


Properly administered and monitored, treatment does not create additional inflammation or add new scar tissue. Instead, we remove tensions and restrictions in areas that have been held tight and balance the muscular and skeletal relationships throughout the body. When restricted fascia is released and repositioned, the body returns to its optimal structural position.


Strength and Stretching Exercises and Training

Most of our clients operate with their joints in a position of flexion throughout their day. They have shoulders that are forward and elevated (shrugged) and that are anteriorly rotated, usually because of poor posture or a history of using repetitive movements or positions. Their anterior muscles have become tight and contracted, while the opposing muscles have become weak and inhibited. The resulting imbalance triggers the body to compensate, resulting in tension in the joint. The healing process requires the client to address the cause and the symptom of his or her condition. Maintenance, after-care, and fitness are vital to recovery. We teach each client custom-designed self-care stretching and strengthening techniques for their use at home. And we encourage and offer ongoing exercise and fitness training, including Pilates and Strength Conditioning Training so that each person can ultimately perform optimally and pain free.


Orthopedic and Therapuetic Massage Sessions

By Appointment Only

1 Hour Orthopedic Massage Session: $130                           1 Hour Therapuetic Massage Session: $110

1 ½ and 2 Hour sessions also available.


All Active Military personnel and their spouses, LEO, Fire, and Teachers  receive a 10% discount on all Orthopedic Massage Therapy, Strength Training, Screenings, and Pilates Therapy sessions. When canceling or rescheduling your appointment, we respectfully insist that you provide the minimum 24 hours notice. Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to your appointment will be charged the cost of the reserved service.

DSTT / 620 Lighthouse Avenue / Suite 120 / Pacific Grove / CA 93950 / 831-607-8748