I am delighted to be sharing my new Chicago office with Morgan Leavitt an excellent, caring massage therapist with almost 10 years of experience in Clinical Massage Therapy. So that you can get to know her, I’ve interviewed Morgan for my blog.
How long have you been practicing massage therapy?
My journey as a Clinical Massage Therapist began almost 9 1/2 years ago. I have suffered with migraines since I was 6 years old, and that led to chronic body-wide pain. The traditional route for treatment, mostly medications, was unsuccessful and often made my condition worse.
This is why I eventually turned to a more holistic approach: diet and lifestyle changes; acupuncture; and massage. That was a game changer for me. Not only did I learn how to manage my pain, but I became invested in helping others do the same.
Massage school was a natural fit for me. Now, I love going to work every day. Since we’re in the new office in River West, I look forward to working alongside Jennifer to help heal everyone who walks through our door, and educating even more people about the benefits of massage.
What is clinical massage and how does it differ from massages we receive at spas?
There is a big difference between wellness and therapeutic massage, although both have their benefits. Wellness massage is typically a service provided at spas, which includes full body Swedish massage, with add-ons like hot stones and wraps. The main goal is relaxation of body and mind, but this type of massage also improves blood circulation, increases immunity, and decreases overall stress.
Therapeutic, or clinical massage accomplishes everything that wellness massage does, but goes above and beyond by targeting specific issues. Clinical massage reduces pain, increases endorphin production (the body’s natural painkiller), improves range of motion and flexibility, and can prevent future muscle injury by having regular treatments.
Chronic pain can be caused by continuously tight or fatigued muscles, repetitive motion, and labor intensive activities. Acute pain often occurs due to trauma or injury. Clinical massage works with both the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system to calm the pain signals.
Therapeutic massage targets the area of pain as well as areas not seemingly involved (known as referred pain.) This reduces muscle and joint pain, increases range of motion, and helps the body to heal. Clinical massage is highly effective as a stand alone treatment, or in conjunction with chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture.
What are some of your specialities? What conditions do you like to treat?
Due to my past and current experiences with pain, my focus tends to be on pain management. That includes, but is not limited to:
chronic neck, shoulder, and low back pain
carpal tunnel syndrome
everyday aches and pains
I use a combination of manual therapy, massage cupping, and corrective breath work to assist the body’s healing process. I practice light touch techniques, such as Craniosacral Therapy, as well as using trigger point therapy by applying stronger pressure according to patient preference. Each and every treatment is adapted to the individual and their needs.
What are your hours at the new office?
I’m at the River West office – 815 W. Superior St. – on Mon/Weds 1-8pm, Fri11-4pm, and every other Saturday 11-4pm. Jennifer and I have overlapping schedules on Monday and Friday, which is great for combined treatments.
To book a massage Email Morgan at email@example.com or text her at 773-370-2939.