Specializing in Clinical
Bodywork &
Therapeutic Massage

About Us

Our Mission

Since 1997 our mission has aways been to be an industry leader who provides the highest level of therapeutic bodywork services possible. Our therapists are fully committed and passionate about bringing relief to the individuals they serve. Unlike most others we offer a variety of complementary bodywork services in addition to massage to meet almost any need. We prefer to understand the source of (or reason for) a person’s pain so that we can help bring about the change necessary for the eventual
absence of their pain.

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To be successful sometimes requires a multi-prong approach, such as deep tissue massage + acupuncture + structural integration. (With more than 20 Services to choose from our suggestion for you may possibly include CranioSacral or TheraCupping depending upon your needs.) We will monitor your progress and provide helpful suggestions in the form of stretches and/or postural changes at the end of each session. Eventually you will feel empowered with your new knowledge of your body, and pain will no longer be an issue which controls your life.

But in order to help first we must understand a few things about you. For instance, we need to know what you expect your body to do for you throughout the week. Also, what, if any, prior injuries (even those you may think aren’t possibly related) that you can recall. The fact is that our bodies remember every time we’ve done something which threatens our structural integrity. That results in unnecessary muscle tension; something we don’t need more of.

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A student for example, usually sits a lot while working from their laptop; also may cycle to and from class; maybe do rock climbing twice a week and/or workout 5 times a week at a gym.

Someone else who works from home may not have as active a social life but has had chronic back pain since a sports injury in college.

Someone else practices yoga but has been struggling with hip pain for several months with no relief in sight. The professor who had been in the habit for many years of standing throughout their entire 2-hour lectures which resulted in debilitating low back muscle pain.

A long-distance runner who competed world-wide until their pain couldn’t be ignored any longer received temporary relief from our deep tissue massage protocol but was unwilling to accept our advice to “take some time off.”

All of these individuals were/are actual clients and had sought the help of our therapists. One person combined massage and acupuncture and within 2 months turned their life around.

Another required deep tissue massage combined with TheraCupping. The third found the most relief by beginning with Integrative bodywork and eventually switching to Structural Integration to retrain some of their movements.

With skilled, licensed and specialty-certified therapists on our team you will always get the best treatment. An advantage for our clients is that everyone has access to all of our specialists regarding their specific needs.

Below are 3 categories for you to select from: Acupuncture & Wellness, Massage, and Injury. Each contains a list of several services for you to choose from. Doing so will give you an overview of what kind of modalities are available. Our suggestion for you is to begin with either a 60 or 90-minute Massage. Then if you enjoyed working with that therapist rebook your next appointment within 2 weeks. (If for any reason you prefer a different therapist for your continuing treatments please email us, Attn Damaris). After 3 or 4 treatments you should see/feel a significant improvement which will confirm that this particular approach is working. 

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Often while working in one area an experienced professional will notice other muscles requiring attention. Our trained hands will feel neighboring tissue which is tight or restrictive or even possibly “locked down.” It may be related to your current issue or it may be something you hadn’t realized. Your therapist will take note of it and share the new information either at the end of that session or at the beginning of your next treatment.

Our History

When we opened the doors to Massage Therapy Works Inc in 1997, we wanted to make different pain-relief techniques readily available. Around this time, only a Swedish-style massage was available everywhere else. So, within two years, we added Acupuncture and Integrative Bodywork to our services.

Today, we offer more than twenty different modalities to have something helpful for everyone searching for pain relief, stress reduction, and healing. With skilled, licensed, and specialty-certified therapists on our team, you can rest assured you will get the best treatment. An advantage to our clients is that you have access to all specialists regarding your specific needs.

Meet Our Staff

Rochele Jones, Executive Director, LMT, CIMI

Rochelle Jones Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Rochele graduated from the Galen Institute of Massage Therapy in 2002. She feels strongly that her treatments should leave her clients feeling balanced and ready to face the day. Using solid and steady lengthening techniques to reduce tension allows her clients to feel relaxed even when receiving deep pressure. When doing Integrative Bodywork/Massage, she can incorporate craniosacral therapy, reiki, myofascial, or deep tissue into your treatment. From 2005-2008, Rochele worked on many professional athletes, which helped broaden her knowledge of sports massage and injury recovery.

Rochele’s passion lies with pre/postnatal massage, helping moms-to-be and new moms with the changes their bodies (and lives) undergo. With over 15 years of experience working with prenatal clients and being a mom of two children herself, she understands fully the benefits massage can have within the family unit. Rochele implements and teaches our Infant Massage Instruction series. She has been teaching infant massage to new parents since becoming certified by the International Association of Infant Massage in 2008. As a massage therapist, she enjoys nothing more than working with a client throughout her pregnancy and then teaching her the gift of massage, which greatly enhances the bond with her new baby.

Bob Nemeth

Bob Nemeth Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Bob graduated from East West College of Massage Therapy in Portland, Oregon, in 1978 and has been practicing for 40+ years as a licensed professional bodyworker ever since. Bob has always placed tremendous importance on the value of continuing education to serve his clients’ needs best. This burning desire to find out as much as he could about how the body works and aid the body’s healing powers brought him face to face with some of the leading practitioners in the diverse field of health care.

In addition to his training, Bob has also spent years of practice in clinical settings, working with chiropractors, physical therapists, and an orthodontist. Techniques employed include Spinal Reflex Analysis, Rehab Myotherapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Connective Tissue Work, CranioSacral Therapy, BioEnergy Synchronization Technique, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Massage, and Positional Release Technique.

“The number one reason I got involved with massage thirty-two years ago was a deep desire to help in alleviating suffering. That gave me purpose, and I knew that I had found my place in the world. That deep desire and a sense of purpose fueled my interest to find out as much as I can about how the body works and all the reasons why it could present pain. That led me to study with some of the top people in Massage Therapy in the field of Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and Osteopathy.

I’ve also been very interested in understanding and coming to terms with the ‘invisible’ causes of stress, specifically the mental/emotional levels and how Spirit and energy fit into the picture. That led me to become an ordained Interfaith Minister where I could now employ Spiritual Counseling to help deal with matters of the Spirit. I have also trained in what I feel is cutting-edge, groundbreaking work with energy medicine in how to break the energetic patterning that precedes all physical maladies. This is offered under the heading of Matrix Energetics and Shamanic Healing. In the short time I have been doing this work, I have seen people move through major life changes in a matter of sessions instead of years that it could have taken in traditional psychotherapy. I am very excited about the transformative potential this work holds.”

Jan Larivee

Jan Larivee Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Jan has practiced massage for more than 25 years. Through extensive training in numerous bodywork modalities, she is adept at addressing her clients’ individual needs and concerns. Jan enjoys dealing with pain syndromes, headaches, and back and neck injuries. She has recently become certified in Matrix Energetics with a focus on shifting into a state of comfort and wellness with ease. She is also certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Zen Trigger Point Therapy. She combines these very physical methods with energy work incorporating many years as a Reiki Master, Holographic Healing practitioner, and Craniosacral practitioner. She is also trained in Manual Lymph Drainage.

Orion Nemeth

Orion Nemeth Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Orion finds value and enjoys helping people who need relief. For example, having experienced firsthand how much a back injury or neck pain can interfere with one’s quality of life, he pays particular attention to what’s going on in your body. He finds the best way to bring you relief.

Orion received his certification in massage therapy at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown and has advanced training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Myofascial Release. Having had the unique opportunity of growing up within a household of holistically-minded parents, including a mother and father who are skilled bodyworkers & massage therapists, Orion experienced firsthand the healing benefits. This early exposure left a lasting impression on him, which has led to continual exploration of how the body heals through massage, yoga, and meditation.

Orion is also a certified Yoga teacher and a lifelong practitioner of martial arts. He enjoys the outdoors, running, watching a movie, or a quiet meditation in his free time.

David Fischer

Dave Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

David was first exposed to Chinese medicine in 1999. Soon after that, he began to study Qi Gong, a Chinese form of movement and meditation classically practiced to cultivate healing energy.

David is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master’s degree from the New England School of Acupuncture. He has a BA in East Asian Studies from Brown University and an MBA from Babson College. David is also an avid martial artist, and he is a Contra Mestre of Capoeira Angola with over 20 years of experience. In addition, he has studied traditional medicine in West Africa and meditative traditions from around the world.

David’s acupuncture practice is built on the insight developed over years of physical and mental training, firsthand experience with healing, an affinity for ancient texts, and the practicality of his business education.

Stephanie Parsons

Stephanie Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Stephanie believes her life’s purpose is to help other people heal and using the art of massage therapy is one of her favorite ways to do so. She was trained and licensed in 2007 through Hesser College in Salem, NH. She is trained in Swedish and relaxation massage, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy techniques, Hot Stone Massage and has had some training in The Benjamin Institute Technique, which focuses on ligament injuries.

She is also trained in Prenatal Massage, which she has become more passionate about in recent years after the birth of her son. Through this experience, she learned that releasing the fear and preconceived notions we have about birth allows women to trust that their bodies will soften and open naturally. A prenatal massage is a tool in breaking the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle. She believes this empowers women to become warriors and gives them a better chance at having a pleasant birth experience.

A session with Stephanie includes a detailed conversation of your daily activities to find out your repetitive movements and possible problem areas that may be causing imbalances you weren’t even aware of. It also includes a treatment that will zero in on your requested focus areas and the secondary muscle groups to requested areas. A follow-up with recommended homework might include specific stretches or yoga poses to ensure you gain the most benefit from your time together.

Did we forget to mention she is also a trained yoga instructor? Several trips to West Africa allowed her to volunteer with children, including teaching them yoga, reading, and various other topics.

Ammon Embry-Pelrine

Ammon is professionally trained in both therapeutic and relaxation-focused massages and has worked in both spa and physical therapy environments since 2012. He is very adept at finding those areas of your body that need attention and then explaining how to adjust your body mechanics to diminish those problematic cycles of pain.

Having been trained in martial arts throughout his childhood and then years later as a dance instructor, Ammon developed a deep appreciation for mind/body awareness and learned to observe the body mechanics of his clients with a highly tuned focus. Eventually, Ammon became a classically-trained musician, and his use of vibration (sound) as a healing agent during massage became a natural extension of his healing nature and massage technique.

Jessenia Ortiz

Jessena Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Jessenia specializes in helping clients reduce the effects of anxiety and enjoy the benefits of bodywork to relieve daily stress. As a graduate of the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, she has been trained in Swedish-style stress reduction, Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger-Point Therapy, and Myofascial Release. And as a former artist, her unique insight and interpretation allow her to reshape tensions in tailored ways for her clients.

Jessenia’s passion for exploring and encouraging human connection guides her in teaching her clients to observe and incorporate aspects of these relaxation techniques within their daily lives. As both an artist and a therapist, Jessenia brings a grounded approach to healing, using her hands to create balance for the needs her clients express.

Matt Jenkins

Matt Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Matt graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage in 2006. He is trained in both Orthopedic Massage and Craniosacral Therapy and integrates techniques from both modalities into his work. Matt values the unique way in which massage therapy guides the body to a state of relaxation that can help ease tension, decrease pain, and benefit overall health and well-being. He is sensitive to the client’s individual experiences and demonstrates an innate ability to observe and skillfully respond to the body.

Matt has been studying and practicing Craniosacral Therapy (CST) for the past few years and loves how this modality can calm the nervous system and help the body find balance. 

He recently completed training that utilizes CST to treat concussion symptoms. There are few options available for those who have sustained concussions, and the uniquely light-but-focused touch of CST makes it an ideal treatment. CST is also an excellent option for those experiencing jaw tension and TMJ dysfunction.

Book an integrative session and combine CST with massage for a deeply relaxing and therapeutic experience.

Matt also enjoys helping clients identify ways to improve posture and movement patterns to continue the healing process on their own time. 

He is an avid trail runner and hiker in the Fells and Blue Hills and tries to be out in nature as much as possible. He also plays the guitar and is slowly but surely, trying to learn the piano.

Lisa Goldfarb

Lisa Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Lisa has been a professional massage therapist for 25+ years, working with the general public, children, prenatal clients, the elderly, and individuals with special needs. Having been trained in Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage techniques, she has successfully treated many physical injuries over the years.

Lisa also earned her Master’s degree in acupuncture from the NE. School of Acupuncture. So depending on what a client’s issues are, she often combines the two modalities into a unique treatment tailored to that individual’s needs. “I believe strongly in the restorative and healing powers of massage; however, the addition of acupuncture takes the treatment to an even deeper level.” “I get great joy out of getting to know my clients and watching their health improve.” It is not uncommon for Lisa to watch her clients’ sense of well-being, sleep, and daily functions improve with regular treatments of massage & acupuncture together. During her years of practice, she has had success in treating: anxiety, ulcerative colitis, insomnia, pain, limited range-of-motion issues, women’s health issues, plus general immunity boosting.

Rachel Brailove

Lisa Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Rachel specializes in helping clients let go of their stress and physical discomfort. You will shift into a relaxed state as she addresses your areas of pain, tension or restricted movement. After your treatment she will be glad to suggest a simple home exercise to help reinforce the health benefits of your massage.

Rachel is a graduate of The Massage School in Boston as well as being a yoga teacher. She believes that one of the great gifts of massage is to interrupt the cycle of physical and emotional tension, which can become so habitual that we might forget what it is like to be without it. Massage can quickly remind us that we are capable of feeling better and of true relaxation. And that experience can leave us with a visceral memory of a physiological and mental state that is conducive to healing and developing new healthier patterns.

Evan Gomez (formerly Eva)

Lisa Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Evan Gomez hails from the magic city of Miami, FL and has been living in Boston for over 4 years. They attended the College of Natural Health and graduated with a mixed skillset that includes therapies such as Reflexology, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Russian Massage, as well as Structural Bodywork, Sports, Trigger Point Therapy and Orthopedic Massage. Their philosophy in regards to Bodywork is the same they hold for everything else in life: Love what you do, and what you do will align everything into place.

Physiologically, they approach the body with mindfulness, placing attention to where it matters and customizing each session to what the client not only needs in the moment, but how the experience can positively affect the way the person interacts with everyday life. Their sessions can include an interesting combination of Eastern and Western techniques that will provide the client with a massage that can provide relief, relaxation and a grounded sense of well being. In her free time, they enjoys filmmaking, editing, reading, and playing video games.

Luz Ortiz

Lisa Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Certified in Therapeutic Cupping and Reiki (Level 2) Luz has been a licensed massage therapist since 2014. Initially trained in Swedish, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Therapy she is very skilled at working out those areas of tension common to everyone.

In fact, Luz likes to incorporate some stretching into her treatments because she knows it will help with posture and muscle performance & flexibility.

It will be obvious from the start how passionate Luz is about helping others get free of their pain while providing them with a calm and peaceful environment where they can feel safe and comfortable.

She also understands the importance of self-care, and encourages her clients to find a daily self-care routine that works for them.

Luz is bilingual and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Phoebe G.

Lisa Massage Therapy Works Inc in Somerville, MA

Phoebe is a massage therapist with certifications in both Reiki and Polarity Therapy. She enjoys combining energy work, Craniosacral, and Structural Integration techniques into her massage sessions.

Phoebe’s journey into bodywork began in 2016 when she became a reiki master. This inspired her to keep learning and she began school at Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook for Polarity Therapy. Shortly after finishing her program and becoming a BCPP, she went back to learn massage. During her time at massage school she learned many different techniques. Her favorite modalities to use include deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial, and neuromuscular.

In her spare time Phoebe enjoys practicing dance, circus arts as well as hiking and being in nature.

To schedule an appointment with one of our therapy specialists, please contact us or call us at 617-684-4000 today!

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Massage Therapy Works Inc
61 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington MA 02474

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM