What is Therapeutic Massage?

Massage extends far beyond the relaxing, spa-based practices many are familiar with to include a range of therapeutic styles of soft tissue manipulation that promote healing, aid in relaxation and stress management, or provide relief from musculoskeletal pain resulting from injury to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Therapeutic massage practices include:

What Conditions Can be Treated with Therapeutic Massage?

  • Anxiety/stress
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension
  • Low back Ppin
  • Muscle tension headache
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Poor posture
  • Post-operative soft tissue pain
  • Repetitive use injury
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
  • Traumatic muscle strain injury (including sportsrelated injuries)
  • Whiplash

How Can I Find Out More?

To find out more about the Therapeutic options offered at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine, or to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed practitioners, please contact the Raby Institute at 312-276-1212 or info@rabyintegrativemedicine.com

Therapeutic Massage Practices

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) is a specialized form of massage therapy that utilizes the application of static pressure on specific mysofascial "trigger points" to relieve pain and balance the central nervous system. Myofascia is the combination of muscle and the fascia, the web of connective tissue that covers and connects muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of our body. Practitioners trained in NMT study the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems, as well as kinesiology and biomechanics to address five key elements of pain:
  • Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which may cause hypersensitivity upon palpation 
  • Highly irritated points in muscles that refer pain to other parts of the body 
  • Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage, or bone 
  • Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes 
  • Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, or computer keyboarding) 
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Reflexology, also called "zone therapy," is based on the notion that each organ and body part correlates with a specific point on a person's hands or feet. The practice of reflexology involves massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, hands, and sometimes ears, to achieve a beneficial therapeutic effect on related parts of the body. This massaging action can stimulate the flow of energy, blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone, thereby relieving ailments in that zone.
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Bioenergetics is a specific form of body-based psychotherapy based upon the relationship between the body and mind. The practice combines physiological, analytical, and relational therapy based on a premise that there is a flow of energy to support the psychotherapeutic process. Techniques focus on addressing posture, gesture, breathing, motility, expression, and the energetic aspects of an individual, including self-perception, self-expression, and self-possession.
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Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic MassageLymphatic massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, is a gentle rhythmical technique that helps to cleanse the body of toxins. It facilitates the movement of inflammatory materials and toxins from the connective tissue, supports the immune system, reduces pain, and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. As a therapy, this can result in reductions in edemas, detoxification of the body, and regeneration of tissue, as well as many other benefits.
When working with lymphatic massage, therapists work with hands and fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. Doing so activates lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulates the immune system, auto sympathetic nervous system, and parasympathetic nervous system, which helps lower blood pressure.


Benefits of Lymphatic Massage can include:
  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis, and otitis
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
As you read through the benefits listed above, ask yourself, “Am I managing any of these conditions?” If the answer is yes, then you could benefit from this particular type of therapy.


When working with your provider, ask if Lymphatic Drainage is an appropriate treatment option for you. If you would like to see a massage therapist at the Raby Institute about lymphatic massage, call us at (312) 276-1212 or email us at info@rabyinstitute.com to schedule an appointment with Kit Lee, LMT
"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded."
- Goethe