If you’re here, you’re already taking the first step to living a more relaxed, stress-free lifestyle.

minimize stress

While massage therapy was once deemed a luxury, it’s absolute importance is becoming more widely recognized.

feel better mentally

Psychiatrists send their patients to a good massage therapist for the mental health benefits.

reduce repeat injuries

Doctors send their athletes for regular massage to help alleviate problems from old injuries and to help prevent future injuries.

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Frequently asked questions

Acute or Chronic Muscular Tension or Dysfunction

Limited or Impeded Range of Motion


Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)

Low Back Pain

Neck or Shoulder Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Anterior Compartment Syndrome

Shin Splints

Plantar Fasciitis

Hip or Knee Problems

Anxiety or Sleep Disorders

Poor Circulation

Internal Adhesions and Scar Tissue

Most people leave therapeutic massage sessions feeling a great deal of physical and even mental relief, it is important to understand that massage alone will not alleviate muscular tension and pain.

In order to maintain optimum physical well being, it is important to:

  • Practice Proper Ergonomics, Posture and Good Body Mechanics
  • Receive Wellness Treatments as needed including, but not limited to, Therapeutic Massage, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Health Coaching, etc.
  • Stretch Daily
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet
  • Reduce Your Daily Mental Stress
  • Ensure Regular, Healthy Sleeping Patterns
  • Ensure Your Mattress, Pillows, Shoes, etc. are the Right Products for You
  • Work to Identify Factors that Cause Physical Pain or Discomfort

The length of the session you choose will vary upon each person’s needs. Here are some general guidelines that can help you decide:

  • 30 minute sessions are great for those who are in a hurry or who only need work on specific areas for specific problems such as neck or back pain, headaches, etc.
  • 45 minute sessions are great for those who are in a hurry or who only need work on specific areas for specific problems such as neck or back pain, headaches, etc. and also want a few extra minutes for relaxation.
  • 60 minute sessions are great for those looking for a good, full body massage without a lot of focus or for those who have chronic pain or tension and need concentrated, extended periods of work on specific areas.
  • 75 minute sessions are great for those looking for a good, full body massage with a little extra focus or for those who have chronic pain or tension and need concentrated, extended periods of work on specific areas.
  • 90 minute sessions are great for those looking for a good, full body massage with enough time to focus on more than one problem area.
  • 120 minute sessions should only be scheduled for clients with chronic pain or medical issues. Not available for new clients.

This answer will differ from person to person. It primarily depends on your goal in receiving therapeutic massage. If you are working to alleviate pain or physical limitation such as range of motion, it is probably more effective for you to come in more frequently for your first few sessions. Once you start to notice an improvement in your ailment you can start to increase the amount of time between your sessions. A “tune up” is always a good idea to continue with regularly, especially if you are very physically active or have reoccurring issues.

  • Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is typically sought out by athletes, weekend warriors or those suffering from chronic pain. The pressure, or amount of forced used during a deep tissue massage, is greater than that of a traditional relaxation massage. However, the ideal that “a good deep tissue massage has to hurt in order to be effective” is completely inaccurate. Each person’s level of pressure will vary based on their specific needs. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort during your deep tissue massage, please voice this to your practitioner. 
  • Hot Stone Massage: Smooth stones are heated and then lubricated with oil or essential oils, the therapeutic effects of heat are used to relax muscles more deeply. Used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, the use of massage stones induces deep relaxation and provides a unique experience many find to be tremendously calming and centering. 
  • Prenatal Massage: Pregnancy massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting women. Specially-designed massage tables, cushions, and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen. 
  • Relaxation (Swedish) Massage: Massage oil or cream is used with smooth, gliding strokes. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits. It is a classic massage that will ease your stress and allow you to slip into a calm state of relaxation. 
  • Reflexology: Reflexology is a technique that focuses on specific pressure points within your feet to help correct energy flows throughout your body. 

Meet Your Wonderful team of massage therapists

"Hi! My name is Alyson Schlobohm and I am a licensed, certified and insured Massage Therapist. I attended American Institute of Massage in 2009 and received my certification through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2010. I am licensed through the Virginia Board of Nursing."

Call or Text: (804) 516-4285
Email: aly@lakesidewellness.net
Alyson Schlobohm
Licensed Massage Therapist
"Hello! I have been in the massage therapy industry for over 10 years helping clients with pain management, relaxation, and healing. My specialty is in upper/mid back pain, TMJ, and tension migraine relief. I have worked with numerous celebrities, animation studios, and TV shows in the Los Angeles area and I’m excited to bring my practice to Richmond!"

Call or Text: (818) 679-9005
Email: sarah@lakesidewellness.net
Sarah Offenbacher
Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Transformative Authenticity Coach
"Hi, I’m Evan. I became a massage therapist in 2017 after graduating from Lotus School of Integrated Professions. I’ve been practicing massage ever since and have loved the opportunity to help all the clients I’ve worked with. After spending 10+ years working various accounting and finance jobs I decided to change my path."

Call or Text: (804) 218-0067
Email: evan@lakesidewellness.net
Evan Hart
Licensed Massage Therapist
"I have been a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker since 2001. Over the years I have worked with many different clients and a broad range of physical issues. I use a combination of massage techniques and modalities such as Swedish massage, deep tissue work, stretching, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, manual and vacuum medicupping."

Call or Text: (270) 313-8056
Email: teresa@lakesidewellness.net
Teresa Bartley, Licensed Massage Therapist Richmond Virginia 23227 23228 23060
Teresa Bartley
Licensed Massage Therapist, ACE Medicupping Therapy and Massage Cupping