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Essential Kneads
Massage Therapy and Esthetics

Downtown Grafton, Ohio

mas•sage• the•ra•py
 
1. A collection of bodywork modalities designed to improve health through manual manipulation of soft tissues including stroking, kneading, pressing, tapping, and shaking. Intends to improve local circulation, reduce pain, and promote relaxation.
Synonym(s): massotherapy, myotherapy.
-Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing

Our Team

Masters of converting massage into customer satisfaction


Shelly Drago, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Shelly has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 where she graduated first in her class from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage.






Her passion for massage therapy and it's healing benefits led her to practice alongside doctors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Shelly specializes in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Orthopedic Massage using Muscle Energy Techniques, and Therapeutic Massage including Deep Tissue. She is nationally certified in prenatal and hot stone massage, as well as cancer massage treatments. 


In addition to working hands-on with patients, Shelly has served as the Massage Therapy Program Director at Miami Jacobs College and a Massage Therapy Instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage.






Shelly is available for appointments on

Tuesday's 11am-7pm

and Thursday's 10am-6pm



[email protected]


Jennah Davis, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist
Jennah graduated at the top of her class in the massage therapy program from Hocking College in December 2013. Shortly after graduation, she learned she had a daughter on the way due later that year. After moving back home, she continued to study with the determination to begin her career after she gave birth, knowing how valuable the power of touch can be. After birth, her desire to change lives through massage only increased.


Jennah was blessed to have a knowledgeable professor who was also a Chiropractor. Learning the best of both worlds, her in-depth training included deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, aromatherapy, hot stone therapy, ashiatsu, and pregnancy massage. She plans to continue her education in reflexology and manual lymph drainage.



Initially attending college for physical therapy assisting, Jennah didn’t transfer to the massage therapy program until she asked a physical therapist what secondary degree they would want their PTA’s to have. The answer: massage therapy. She didn’t realize that she had spent much of her life giving massages to fellow athletes in high school before events and family members to relax until after she began classes. She was a natural and intuitive in listening to soft tissue response.


Jennah is available for appointments on
Sunday's 10am-4pm
Monday's 5pm-8pm
and Wednesday's 1pm-8pm

[email protected]

Masters of converting massage into customer satisfaction


Brittany Stark, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Brittany graduated from Ohio College of Massotherapy in October of 2015. In addition to meeting new people, she most enjoys educating others; especially on how massage can help their bodies. Of course, most know their own body best, but we don't always listen to it. It's important to her to help everyone understand the ways their body can connect and that sometimes when we hurt in one area it could be caused by an entirely different issue near by. That's why Brittany feels communication is key to understanding an individuals body as well as why and how massage can and will help.

Brittany specializes in Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Massage, Thermal Therapy, and Aromatherapy services such as hand, foot, and facial treatments. She has also mastered the use of therapy tools such as hot and/or cold stones to achieve the best results during therapeutic sessions. Brittany is also certified in Thai massage and is very excited to introduce anyone and everyone interested in experiencing this unique but increasingly popular form of body work.

Brittany is available for appointments on
Tuesday's and Thursday's 5pm-9pm
Friday's 4pm-6pm
and Saturday's 10am-4pm

[email protected]


Michele Harbaugh, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Michele graduated from the Medical Massage Therapy program at Cuyahoga Community College in August of 2017 with over 850 hours of education. She received her license from the Ohio State Medical Board in September 2017. She enjoys meeting new people and is passionate about health, wellness, and how the benefits of massage therapy can help the community. She wants to assist people in finding relief from different injuries and other various issues. 




Michele specializes in Therapeutic Techniques including; Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Positional Release Technique, Muscle Energy Technique, as well as Orthopedic Assessment, Swedish Massage, and Chair Massage. In addition to those specialties, Michele will soon be trained in Pregnancy Massage and Hot Stone Therapy. 



Michele is available for appointments on

Wednesday's from 10am-12:30pm and 6pm-9pm

and 10am-4pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.



[email protected]
 

Masters of converting massage into customer satisfaction


Charline Kennedy, LMT

Owner & Licensed Massage Therapist

Charline began her massage journey by enrolling at The Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage in March 2011. She graduated in November 2012 and received her Ohio state medical board license in February 2013. After gaining valuable experience while working for various chiropractors and massage practices she was able to branch out and start Essential Kneads Massage Therapy in January 2015.


Since graduation, Charline has studied to become a certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Therapist and is trained in pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and newborn/infant massage. In July 2015 she received her Bare Foot Masters certification and now practices Ashiatsu Bar Therapy. She is also trained in swedish, deep tissue, hot stone therapy, thermal therapy, sports massage, and techniques used for relieving headaches, sinus issues, and TMJD.


After spending nearly 10 years in the accounting/finance field, Charline decided it was time to follow her heart and her hands. Having learned first hand how effective massage can be in the healing of her own injuries she fell in love with the power of touch. She is thankful everyday and couldn't be happier to have been able to pursue her passion and dream of being a massage therapist.


*Not currently accepting new clients.*


[email protected]


Kim Young, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist
Kim is a graduate of Ohio College of Massotherapy and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 10 years. She specializes in Swedish Massage and Therapeutic techniques including; Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy.

*Not currently accepting new clients.*


SERVICES

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

*Shelly, Jennah, Brittany, Michele*


30 minutes for $45

45 minutes for $55

60 minutes for $65

75 minutes for $80

90 minutes for $95

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.

*Shelly and Jennah*


60 minutes for $65
90 minutes for $95
Infant massage instruction $30

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is a style of massage where heated stones are placed at specific sites on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.

*Shelly and Jennah*


30 minutes for $55

60 minutes for $75

90 minutes for $105

 

Therapeutic Massage

Multiple modalities or techniques can be used in therapeutic massage. A consultation with your therapist before your session will determine your specific needs.

1. Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with hydrating the soft tissue targeted during session.

*Shelly, Jennah, Brittany, and Michele*


2. Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body.
Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

*Jennah and Michele*


3. Positional Release Therapy allows the massage therapist to first unwind tissue prior to manipulating it, making massage less painful and more effective, and its therapeutic effects longer-lasting.

*Michele*


4. Muscle Energy Technique is a form of stretching commonly used by sports massage therapists, which involves the active contraction of a muscle by the client against a resistive force provided by the therapist.

*Shelly and Michele*


5. Orthopedic Massage uses anatomical science and a variety of body manipulation techniques to create measurable, meaningful impact in clients. It can be an excellent complementary treatment to physician or surgical care and physical therapy.

*Shelly and Michelle*


6. Manual Lymph Drainage is a very gentle type of massage therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system. MLD is most commonly used to treat Lymphedema, which is characterized by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs.

*Shelly*


30 minutes for $50

45 minutes for $60

60 minutes for $70

75 minutes for $85

90 minutes for $100

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.

*Shelly*


30 minutes for $50

60 minutes for $70

Ashiatsu

Ashiatsu is an ancient art of massage from Asia. The therapist uses her feet to apply deep relaxing strokes and compression that feels exquisite. It is unique in its ability to maintain even and constant pressure to the entire body. Ashiatsu is great for those who participate in sports or have stressful lives.

*Jennah*


30 minutes for $55

60 minutes for $75

90 minutes for $105

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and re-balance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
*Jennah and Michele*

30 minutes for $55
45 minutes for $60
60 minutes for $75
90 minutes for $105

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull. Developed by physician William Sutherland, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience.
*Jennah*

30 minutes for $55
60 minutes for $75
90 minutes for $105

Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your hands and feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
*Shelly*

45 minutes for $50

Add-on to any service:

15 minutes for $25


Couples Massage

A couples massage is a wonderfully relaxing, personal experience. During the session, two people receive massages at the same time and in the same room from two different therapists. The therapy type used is typically Swedish massage but can vary depending on the client's preference.


60 minute Swedish Couples Massage for $120

90 minute Swedish Couples Massage for $170


60 minute Therapeutic Couples Massage for $130


Dynamic Duo


This four-handed massage consists of two therapist working on the same client during the same session. Receiving a massage from two therapist during the same 1 hour session is just like receiving a 2 hour massage, that's a lot of bodywork! For now this service will be offered as a 1 hour service, the therapy type is usually a Swedish massage but can be changed depending on the client's preference.


60 minute Swedish Duo for $120

Chair Massage

Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.


15 minutes for $15

30 minutes for $30


Onsite Chair massage can be provided for various events in your office. We can also provide Sports massages at various sporting events. Please call for a quote.

Thermal Therapy

This concentrated therapy uses warming and cooling thermal treatments to provide deep muscle pain relief, decrease inflammation and increase circulation.

Legs & Feet - relieves pain from plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle and knee injuries
Hands & Arms - relieves pain from carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and shoulder joint pain
Back & Neck - relieves overuse from physical work or activity

30 minutes for $50

Add-on to any service:

15 minutes for $25

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage helps improve quality of life. Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea. Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process.
*Shelly*

60 minutes for $70

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

*Brittany*


60 minutes for $70