Massage Therapy In Lancaster PA


Chiropractic Lancaster PA Karen Holmes Massage TherapistLet me introduce myself! My name is Karen Holmes, and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). I have been with Dr. Glass and Advanced Chiropractic since September of 2019.

Originally, I grew up in the Southern Tier of New York State in the town of Binghamton. Years ago, it was well known for Endicott/Johnson shoes, IBM, and Link Aviation.

I received my BS in Leisure and Recreation from the State University at Brockport, outside of Rochester, NY. My path has always steered me to work with the senior generation. It was natural for me to find my first job as a Recreation Therapist in a 500 bed nursing home and independent living facility. I loved working with the residents and volunteers providing programs to keep people active both physically and mentally.

I then was married to a wonderful man for 27 years and have three adult children. My oldest lives in Florida, my middle child resides in Lititz, and my youngest resides in the state of Washington.

After having the privilege of being a stay-at-home Mom for 18 plus years and taking care of my parents, I felt it was time for me to get back in the workforce. I eventually decided to go back to school for Massage Therapy. I have been working privately for the past 2 and a half years. My clients have ranged from Veterans with PTSD, and clients with traumatic life experiences. I have also worked in the community with seniors citizens, caregivers, the elderly and clients with dementia and Alzheimer's. I have also been a Hospice volunteer.

Now to the Present: We live in times of great stress in our everyday lives. Our children are in all kinds of activities, sports and school. We also have many 2 career families and single-parent families working 2 jobs to make ends meet! Senior adults try to stay active and healthy but oftentimes find themselves caring for their elderly parents as well! I can personally attest to this! All these factors can be emotionally draining as well as physically exhausting (carting around walkers and wheelchairs! Can you spell S-T-R-E-S-S?!

Unfortunately because of the stress in our daily lives, we tend to hold our bodies in a "tense" position without even realizing it. If we have an injury,we can also "guard" that broken bone, sprain, and surrounding muscles. We need to learn about our body awareness. We instinctively tense these areas to protect them. But in order for them to heal and reduce scar tissue, we need to de-stress. Massage can help you relax those muscles as you are in the process of healing your body! It is now my pleasure to work with Dr. Glass, his staff and most importantly, with you, on your path to recovery!

5 Things To Look For In A L.M.T.

  1. Is the therapist licensed and insured?
  2. Is the facility providing the massages licensed by the state?
  3. Massages should be overseen by a physician.
  4. Make sure your comfortable with the massage therapist that your working with.
  5. Therapists should be current in continuing education credits.

Benefits to Massage Therapy

  • Relieve Stress
  • Promote Relaxation
  • Improve Posture
  • Improve Circulation

What Conditions Do Licensed Massage Therapists Help?

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Fibromyalgia

Types of Massage Offered in Lancaster

Swedish Massage

The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.

The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching).

Myofacial Release

Myofacial release is the three dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain and headaches.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

Our team at Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab in Lancaster is here to help you with all your massage therapy needs.


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Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab
900 Centerville Road Suite B
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 898-8900