Massage Therapy

University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network offers massage therapy as a way to help achieve mental and physical well-being. Massage has been used for thousands of years to promote relaxation and to relieve the pain, stress and tension caused by a variety of conditions and factors.


For more information or to schedule a massage appointment, call 216-285-4070.

Conditions We Treat

Massage is proving to be an effective treatment and adjunct treatment for many medical conditions. Massage therapy helps to treat or reduce symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma and bronchitis
  • Breast cancer and other types of cancer
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Mild depression
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Physical pain such as muscle tension, back pain, neck, shoulders, elbows & knees
  • Recovery from major surgery such as heart bypass surgery
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow

Why Choose UH?

There are many benefits to having massage performed within a medical setting such as University Hospitals. Our massage therapists are all licensed and highly trained, and work collaboratively with a patient’s primary care physician or specialists to ensure they are getting appropriate care for their condition. This holistic approach to health and wellness is one of the hallmarks of our integrative medicine program.

The massage therapists at UH Connor Integrative Health Network are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio after completing extensive training and many on our team have advanced training and certifications in different bodywork modalities. We welcome you as a partner in promoting and maintaining your health and well-being by collaborating with you to thoroughly assess your issues, needs and concerns, and create an individualized treatment for each session. Depending on our assessments, we may refer you to other members of our team, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, mind-body practitioners, or integrative medicine providers. We may also refer you to your primary care team or other specialists, when indicated.

Meet the Team

Meet the licensed massage therapists at UH Connor Integrative Health Network.

About Massage Therapy

Massage is proving to be an effective treatment and adjunct treatment for many medical conditions. Massage therapy helps to treat or reduce symptoms of the following conditions:

There is a growing base of evidence to support the use of massage therapy in your health care regimen. Studies have shown that massage therapy reduces pain, anxiety and tension, enhances alertness and increases blood flow throughout the body, and promotes relaxation by engaging the relaxing nervous system.

One study suggests that a single session of massage therapy can reduce “state anxiety” (a negative reaction to a particular situation), blood pressure and heart rate, and that multiple sessions can reduce “trait anxiety” (tendency toward generalized anxiety), depression and pain.

There are many types of massage therapy, including relaxation, therapeutic, pediatric, oncology, hospital-based massage, prenatal and many more.


What to Expect

Generally, first appointments begin with an intake process, starting with a health history and an initial interview with the therapist. A health history will ask about medical conditions, areas of concern, and level of pain or discomfort. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.

Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist, who should be able to offer you some options. The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.

When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering. Generally, you will lie on a massage table, covered by a sheet. Make sure you are comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not. Please communicate your needs to the therapist during the session, including if you need the draping adjusted, what music you prefer, if you find you would like to avoid a particular body area, and if you experience any discomfort with the pressure or the technique being applied.

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