Therapeutic Massage

Holistic Massage in Maryland and Northern VA

Getting a therapeutic massage in Maryland and Northern Virginia offers countless health benefits. While massage provides relaxation, it is extremely therapeutic in supporting connective tissues to reduce inflammation and pain, and to assist in recovery from workouts and injuries. At Nava, our therapeutic massages are designed to restore balance to the body and to complement our other integrative services including Adrenal Recharge and acupuncture.

Learn more and schedule an appointment for a Massage in Columbia, MDBethesda, MD, and Fairfax, VA.

Receive 2  Holistic Treatments/month for $89

Massage is one of the included therapies for NavaPreferred. That means for only $89/month you can join NavaPreferred and get two NavaPreferred therapies (including Massage) each month.

Call us at 1-800-762-6282 or fill out our appointment form to schedule your first appointment and become a NavaPreferred member.

Benefits of Massage

The benefits of massage depend on the particular modality used. Further information on some of our specific massage therapies is featured below. Generally speaking however, massage therapy at Nava is also used to help:

  • Increase circulation
  • Relieve depression and anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Balance hormones
  • Bolster the immune system
  • Reduce stress
  • Address postural distortions and misalignments
  • Provide overall wellness
  • Support the body’s natural healing process

At Nava, we have selected specific massage modalities in order to complement our integrative and therapeutic approach to total body wellness. Your massage therapy is always tailored to your specific needs to optimize your experience and outcome.

Our licensed massage therapists are rigorously trained and are well-versed in the following techniques. This allows us to combine multiple modalities in each session, as needed, in order to achieve optimal results.

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Stress relieving classic, medium pressure massage with fast moving, long strokes and deep circular movements.


  • Improved circulation
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Metabolic waste removal
  • Increased muscle, ligament and joint flexibility

Deep Tissue

Similar to Swedish massage except often more pressure is applied slowly and specific cross-fiber work is used.


  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Reduced stress hormone levels
  • Enhanced mood and relaxation
  • Scar tissue reduction
  • Injured muscle rehabilitation


Classic Chinese deep tissue therapy, combining a variety of strokes, pressure, friction, and touch.


  • Chronic arthritis
  • Stress
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • PMS
  • Lymphatic problems

Myofascial Release

Interactive stretching technique for addressing soft tissue problems. This therapist uses the body’s movements and feedback to:

  • Create a stretch
  • Decrease restrictions


Helps relieve:

  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lymphedema
  • Disc problems
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Scoliosis

Hot Stone Massage

Heated granite and basalt stones are placed on specific points of the body to provide a relaxing experience.


Helps relieve:

  • Pain associated with fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic stress and tension
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Strained muscles
  • Limited flexibility in joints

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

Soft tissue manipulation and static pressure on specific myofascial points.


  • Relief from nerve entrapment (pinched nerve)
  • Relief from muscle spasms and tension
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased lymphatic flow
  • Improved posture
  • Reduction in pain and swelling
  • Reduction in scar tissue formation

Myoskeletal Alignment

Hands-on and visual assessment technique followed by the re-establishment of distorted myofascial structures.


  • Balancing the head on the neck
  • Balancing the neck on the shoulders
  • Balancing the shoulder girdle on the rib cage
  • Balancing the pelvis on the femurs
  • Restoring pain-free movement


Systematic, manual stimulation of the reflex points located on the feet, hands and outer ears that resembles a shape of the human body.


Helps relieve:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis pain
  • Pain relief
  • Anxiety
  • PMS
  • Depression
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Blocked energy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

Light-touch therapy that releases tensions and restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. CST works by influencing the pressure and circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid which surround and cushions the brain and spinal cord.


Helps relieve:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stress and tension-related problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ
Dr. Lord at Nava Health | nava Health & Vitality Center

This content has been approved by Nava’s Medical Director Dr. Lord.

After graduating from Loma Linda University Medical School in California, Dr. Lord completed his residency program at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Since then, he has acquired over 40 years practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.