Lauren Spear, Licensed Massage Therapist
Lauren Spear, LMT
Lauren Spear is a licensed massage therapist from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
She is a 2014 graduate of the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, where she studied various modalities and approaches to massage therapy. She’s been working at a therapeutic massage clinic in PA for the past four years—and loves working with all types of clients: those looking for relaxation, relief from various types of chronic pain, or those looking to improve general mental and physical well being. She believes that showing up and making time for our bodies to rest/recover/heal is a wonderful and necessary step in the ongoing journey to healthier selves.
Deciding what kind of massage is best for you can be difficult, and rarely do clients fit solely into one category of needs.
Lauren uses a combination of the skills and modalities she has studied to create a personalized massage that best fits each client’s individual goals. These sessions most often include the following:
Swedish Massage is what most people mean when they say they want “just a normal massage”. It can calm the nervous system, promote circulation, increase flexibility—and it just plain feels good.
- NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY
Neuromuscular Therapy takes a more focused approach—honing in on specific muscles that may be causing your pain, tension, or decreased mobility. This involves evaluating the muscles, and may include deeper muscle work (“deep tissue”) and release of trigger points (pesky spots within the muscle that refer pain).
Myofascial Therapy combines gentle, sustained pressure and subtle stretching/movement to increase mobility and reduce painful restrictions in the connective tissue known as “fascia”, creating space in the body and allowing greater relief from tension.
Integrative Headache Therapy
Lauren was diagnosed with migraine headaches at age 8. Because of that, in her years working as a massage therapist, she’s taken a special interest in her headache clientele. Implementing knowledge from her initial training program, as well as continued education specifically geared toward headaches and neck pain, she has gained experience and honed her skills to learn what best helps her clients find relief from their head pain. Her approach combines knowledge, training, and understanding (she “gets it”!) to care for you.
During a custom headache relief session, Lauren will work with you to map out possible pain triggers and focus on the areas that contribute to your pain and stress. With specific attention, she’ll address tension in the muscles of the head, face, neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Lauren may incorporate aromatherapy (the use of therapeutic essential oils) to give you additional pain reliving benefits.
Depending on the type of headache, the use of applied heat can either relax or aggravate pain, but cold (such as a washcloth over the eyes) can be helpful in dulling most aches and pains associated with headaches. Communication about the type of headache will determine if heat or cold (or a combination) could be helpful and provide you with greater relief during the session.