Below you will find a list of the different types of bodywork I practice.  I will frequently use more than one of these modalities in a session, but the price is always the same regardless of how many types of bodywork I use.  It's simply a matter of finding the right combination and style that works best for you.

  • Swedish Massage - The most common type of massage, it involves kneading, long strokes, and friction techniques to move fluids, release toxins, and promote relaxation.   Ever have someone rub your shoulders?  That's a Swedish Massage stroke.  Just about everyone has had some form of Swedish Massage and virtually every session will include it to a large degree.

  • Deep Tissue Massage - This is another very common massage technique and one I use frequently.  It is designed to release tension in the deeper layers of muscle and fascia in the body.  Using slow, deep pressure with either knuckles, palms, fingers, or elbows, the Deep Tissue therapist can release toxins, break up scar tissue, and soften muscle knots, all of which relieve pain and create greater range of motion.

  • Sports Massage - This kind of massage therapy focuses on muscle groups and injuries relevant to a particular sport.  For example, a runner who jogs 5 miles every morning will have tension in different set of muscles than a competitive swimmer would.   Anyone from a casual weekend golfer to a dedicated marathon runner can benefit from this type of therapy.  The type of massage techniques will vary depending on whether the massage is being performed immediately before, during, or after the sporting event, or between events. I have worked regularly with athletes from the University of Maryland @ College Park in such sports as Softball, Soccer, Wrestling & Women's Basketball,
    and have done post-event massage at the Columbia Triathlon, Eagleman
    Triathlon, Marine Corps Marathon, Iron Girl, and the National Marathon in DC.
  • Pregnancy Massage - The mother-to-be can sometimes experience many adverse changes in her body throughout her pregnancy.  Backaches, headaches, cramping, edema, & fatigue are just some of the more common complaints.  Many of these problems can be alleviated with specific massage and acupressure techniques, resulting in better circulation and health for the mother and greater nourishment for the unborn baby.

  • Myofascial Release - This is a technique that engages and stretches the connective tissue of the body.  It relies less on compression into the muscle and more on a stretching of the fascia which surrounds it.  It is less forceful than deep tissue, but still a potentially very deep and powerful way to release constricted motion.

  • Reflexology - Reflexology stimulates pressure points on the feet and hands, all of which correspond to different muscles, organs, and general areas of the body.  Your whole body is mirrored in your feet through these pressure points.  A reflexology session will promote healing and bring your entire body back into energetic balance, simply by "reflexing" these points.

  • Muscle Release Technique SM - This type of therapy involves stretching, compressing, and then releasing a specific muscle over and over again; the end result should be a fully-functional and elongated muscle, as well as freedom from pain.  This technique is very similar to Active Isolated Stretching, which is used effectively on many pro and Olympic athletes.  Since many pain patterns are caused by chronically short, contracted muscles, the Muscle Release Technique SM  is a valuable tool to getting people out of discomfort.

  • Thai Massage (Nuad Bo-Rarn) - I received 60 hours of training in this type of bodywork at the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  This type of massage has a tradition that goes back thousands of years to the ancient temples.  It is done on a soft mat on the floor, and the person receiving the massage remains fully clothed.  The massage itself consists of thumb and palm pressure on energy lines and points, and a great deal of stretching movements that will be familiar to any Yoga student.  Thai Massage is sometimes jokingly referred to as "lazy-man's Yoga" for this reason, because it is like having a Yoga session done to you instead of you doing it yourself.  The end result is both relaxing and energizing at the same time.   Although a traditional Thai Massage session is close to 3 hours in length, I have also shortened it to 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours, although at least 1.5 hours is recommended to get the full benefit.   Wear loose clothing, preferably a t-shirt and either shorts or pants that will allow maximum flexibility.
  • On-site Seated Massage - See this page for more details.

"Since 2005, I have referred patients to John Boston, LMT for co-treatment of various conditions from low back pain to wrist pain and have always been satisfied the results and the working relationship we have had.  I have found John to be thorough, conscientious, and sensitive to the needs of the patient. I also have been treated by John and found his technique first-rate.  I highly recommend him to other doctors and physical therapists as a massage therapist of choice."

Dr. Jewa Lea, DC

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