Clinical Massage

This is not your standard spa massage.  A large percentage of chronic pain syndromes are caused by muscle density, strain, and inflammation. Also, disease and surgery can leave a person with a myriad of painful symptoms related to muscle guarding and scar tissue. Steroid shots, muscle relaxers, and pain killers are not cures. True medically-based, clinical massage offers non-invasive, non-aggressive effective pain relief.


Owner, Theresa Wilkes

30 minutes - $50

60 minutes - $90

90 minutes - $125

Staff Therapists

30 minutes - $45

60 minutes - $80

90 minutes - $115

120 minutes - $140


Greenville, SC Massage, Light Hand Clinical Massage Wave

Aggressive massage techniques can stress the body and cause more pain.  At Light Hand, we work deeply, but slowly and sensitively so as not to cause harm and to allow the neurological healing response in the muscles to arise.


Therapies we provide ~

Read more about each option that can be included/focused on with any session.

Light Touch Deep Tissue Massage

Many people think that massage has to be deep, hard and painful to be effective. This is no pain, no gain” approach is like treating your pain with a sledge hammer and can actually be harmful. If you are in pain, have had an injury or surgery, your body is already in a form of traumatic response. If you inflict more force and pain, the nervous system responds through the proprioceptors in the muscles by creating protective guarding spasm/tension in the muscles. This is the exact opposite of your desired effect. Additionally, the body sends more inflammation to the area in an effort to heal and protect the area from the “attack”. This is why people sometimes report feeling like they were “beaten up” or “hit by a Mack truck” after a particularly aggressive massage session.

At Light Hand, we always work with a light touch and a deep focus. This means that we begin treating any muscle tension or pain by first flushing out the inflammation with Swedish and Lymphatic massage. It immediately reduces pain and increases circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients. This gives the muscle more of what it essentially needs to heal and function. Once the therapist feels the muscle is ready, she/he sinks in slowly to the deeper layers of the pain pattern, always “listening” with skilled, sensitive hands to the muscle response. When working deeply, but with patience and sensitivity, the therapist does not trigger a defensive reaction in the tissue. Instead, the muscles, in connection with the nervous system, utilize their own healing capabilities to relax and become more functional. As the pattern releases, the therapist is able to work diligently through deeper and deeper layers of the dysfunction. In this way, the client can experience real and lasting pain relief and whole body wellness.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual lymph drainage massage is a form of very light massage that encourages healthy lymph flow and the reduction of inflammation throughout the entire body. Our approach is to treat the whole lymph system, not just affected areas, and deep stores of congestion, not just the superficial swelling. This is particularly good for detoxification, sports injuries, pre- and post- surgery and pre and post-cancer treatment. Light Hand therapists use their skills to seek out and flush long held inflammation and fluid congestion that can contribute to fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, foot pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, restless legs and other chronic pain syndromes.
When used in the abdominal area, deep lymphatic drainage can support healthy digestion, elimination and reproductive health. All the Light Hand therapists are trained in Lymphatic Drainage massage because we believe it to be incredibly effective in increase health and treating the chronic pain conditions we see every day in our practice.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the cranial sacral system. This system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth–which make up the cranium–down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the cranial sacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic or acute pain following injury to the head or spine, headaches or migraines, vertigo, eye difficulties, sinus problems, ear blockage and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. The cranial sacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the cranial sacral system and encourage balance between the bones. Theresa Wilkes is our certified cranial therapist with 30 years of experience in working with people of all ages with cranial injuries or imbalances.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is a very specialized form of massage therapy often referred to as Trigger Point Therapy. NMT is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial or trigger points to relieve pain. Trigger points are concentrated areas of dysfunction in the tissue that refer or “trigger” pain in other areas.
Therefore, this work is vitally important to understanding and treating long standing pain syndromes. Neuromuscular therapy is highly beneficial in re-stabilizing the neurological activity between the muscular and nervous system, which is necessary to maintain normal function and overall health of our body. At Light Hand, our therapists practice NMT in conjunction with lymphatic drainage methods to ensure that the metabolic wastes formerly held in the trigger points are flushed from the tissues to prevent re-occurrence and avoid pain after a treatment.

Gua Sha and Cupping

These techniques are modern applications of ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices. Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged instrument. Skin is typically coated with massage oil and a gua sha tool, made traditionally of bones, water buffalo horn, jade or a newer plastic or metal, is rubbed across an area of muscle tension, inflammation or congestion. This action scrapes or “irons out” the affected muscle and fascia while flushing out stuck inflammation. While Gua Sha uses pressure, cupping is an ancient form of therapy in which uses suction to lift the tissues and draw fluids to the surface. It is understood that this mobilizes blood and lymph flow in order to promote healing. Some therapists use heat or mechanical devices to create suction. At Light Hand, we use simple hand pump cups to gently draw the tissue upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin and muscle. We generally move the cup in a fluid motion over the muscles. But, we may also “park” the cup on a particularly tight or inflamed muscle for the greatest effect. We have found this to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles, adhesions in the connective tissue, trigger points, and deep congestion.

Range of Motion / Stretching

Flexibility is an essential component to the health of the muscle, the joints and the body as a whole. Light Hand therapists will pay close attention to the mobility of all the joints during clinical massage treatment. We work all of the muscles associated with hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, necks etc. It is quite common that the therapist will include range of motion techniques and stretches on the table during a session. Additionally, the therapist will frequently demonstrate and guide the client in stretches that he/she can practice between appointments. Self-care like this is a very important part of our mission to empower the client to achieve pain relief and wellness long after treatment is needed.

Scar Tissue/Adhesion Release

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that have replaced normal skin, or other tissue, after injury or surgery. A scar results from the biologic process of wound repair (protective, useful barrier), but scar tissue is never as functional as the original tissue it has replaced. Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that anchor and support the wound. They bind together all tissue it comes into contact with. Adhesions may be thought of as internal scar tissue. The adhered tissue continues to spread which can trigger a cascading effect of compensations throughout the body. Scars and adhesions often contribute to chronic pain patterns by creating sympathetic muscle tension and obstructing blood and lymphatic circulation. Friction massage and Gua Sha and Cupping techniques can be very useful in softening scar tissue and reducing adhesions. Once this is done, muscles can be brought into balance and function can be re-established. This is particularly important work for surgeries like hip replacement, rotator cuff repair, C section and mastectomy, even years after the scar has been in place.

Pre/Post Surgical Massage

Light Hand therapists have successfully treated clients before and after many types of surgery, including knee/hip replacements, rotator cuff repair, carpal tunnel syndrome, C-sections, and many others. Massage to reduce muscle tension and inflammation and increase circulation before surgery can assist in better surgical outcomes with less pain. Post surgically, clinical massage can flush out naturally occurring inflammation, reduce pain, speed healing and soften scar tissue.

Positional Release

Positional Release Therapy (PRT) also known as strain/counter strain, is a form of manual therapy that resolves pain and tissue dysfunction through placing the body and tissue in positions of comfort. In this way, there is communication with the neurological system to interrupt the pain spasm cycle and to reset the resting length of tissue in a "normal" range, which promotes increase in strength, performance and function. This very gentle technique is effective for working with injuries and tissue which is “too tender to touch”.

Pre and Post Natal Massage

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. As with all of our massage, the therapist will use a Light Touch and Deep Focus while observing the special needs and contraindications of pre and post natal treatment. Swedish and Profound Circulatory Massage relax muscle tension/pain while gently improving lymphatic and blood circulation. This is useful for treating swollen legs, sciatica and low back pain often experienced by women late into the pregnancy. Women who have recently experienced bleeding, preterm contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage: - High risk pregnancy - Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) - Preeclampsia - Previous preterm labor - Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches - Recently gave birth

Massage for Children and Teens

We are not suggesting that children need regular massage sessions. But, quite often, the stresses and injuries of our early years go untreated. This can lead to the chronic pain of our later years when, it is possible, they could have been treated easily at the time. Heavy book bags and poor posture over long hours of study may cause your child back pain. Sports injuries and simple falls can lead to joint problems, headaches and conditions of the back and neck. When left to heal unaided, the body will create scar tissue, adhesions and tension patterns that build over time. Many times our adult clients tell us they know that a childhood injury caused their present day pain. You, as a parent, can help your child be healthy and pain free for years to come. Parents are encouraged to be present in the treatment room so they are fully engaged and informed of the work.

Oncology Massage

Our therapists are experienced and skilled at modifying massage techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Documenting and understanding the client’s type of cancer as well as the individual’s particular treatments, medications and surgeries are essential to the therapist creating an appropriate treatment plan. A gentle touch and the ability to respond as treatments and symptoms change are also key to a successful massage experience. Oncology massage has been shown to be useful before surgery, during chemotherapy and radiation, and after any of the above to reduce depression, insomnia, lymphedema and pain. Additionally, we have had a great deal of success in returning the client to a pain free life after cancer. Massage can soften and restore the flexibility of scar tissues and adhesions left after surgery which ends the constant tight pulling sensation on surrounding muscles and skin. We perform lymphatic drainage massage not only to prevent lymphedema, but also to flush deeper congestion which can lead to neuropathy and pain in the extremities. Importantly, lymphatic massage can support and revitalize the immune system.

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