Massage therapy relieves pain and stress, reduces anxiety and depression and promotes relaxation and well-being.

Our licensed massage therapists use a variety of techniques to create a custom treatment plan:

  • Active release
  • Deep tissue
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuromuscular
  • Range of Motion
  • Swedish massage flushing
  • Trigger-point

What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, massage therapy relieves pain and stress, reduces anxiety and depression and promotes relaxation and well-being. Massage therapy may relieve the following symptoms:

  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tightness
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica

Additionally, massage can complement other treatments. For instance, it can reduce pain and depression in cancer patients and improve weight gain and development in premature infants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to remove my clothes?

No. Like chair massages in the airport or mall, massage therapy does not always require bare skin. Your massage therapist will work with you to maximize your comfort.

I feel uncomfortable when I lay flat on my back or stomach. Can I still get a massage?

Yes. Your massage therapist can keep you comfortable with pillows and bolsters or give you a massage while you are seated or lying on your side.

How do I ask my doctor or nurse practitioner to recommend massage?

Just do it! You could say, “I would like to try massage therapy to complement my care. That may reduce my pain, help me sleep better, help me recover more quickly, use less medication, improve my quality of life, etc. Will you please write a prescription for therapeutic massage with the reason for it, so my insurance will cover it?”

What are the side effects of massage therapy?

Massage is extremely safe when done by an experienced, licensed therapist. Side effects may include sleepiness.

Will insurance cover therapeutic massage?

More health plans are paying for therapeutic massage when your doctor or nurse practitioner recommends it. For example, Ohio State’s health plan covers credentialed massage therapists’ fees with a $20 copay per visit.

Why Choose Ohio State?

Why choose therapeutic massage services at Ohio State?

It is rare to find massage therapists working alongside medical doctors and other health professionals in a multi-practice setting. We have created this environment to make it even easier for doctors and health professionals to work together for your personalized care. Our massage therapists are certified and credentialed to provide the best available therapeutic massage. They also have specific experience working with medically fragile patients for the best complementary treatment.

Ohio State’s Integrative Medicine Clinic also offers:

  • Convenient and comprehensive care in one location
  • Other health services, including chiropractic care, acupuncture, general medicine and more, in the same location
  • The highest quality massage therapists who educate patients about their treatment, conduct research to better understand the benefits and risks for patients with specific conditions and engage with community practitioners to enhance the quality of their service
  • Classes in yoga, tai chi, stress-reduction and more
  • Free and convenient parking

Our Practitioners


Kevin “Ted” Blubaugh, LMT

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I address postural imbalance to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I can help reduce pain once the body is returned to a functionally neutral position. I’m proud to have graduated with honors from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine, and completed additional training in neuromuscular, myofascial, post-isometric muscle release and positional release therapies.


Cheryl Boschert, LMT

Specialty: Therapeutic Massage

I believe in therapeutic massage using myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point and range of motion. I combine techniques to decrease pain and improve flexibility.


Rhonda Crockett, LMT

Specialties: Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage


Caitlin Merriman, LMT

Specialty: Massage Therapy

I am the lead massage therapist at the OSU Integrative Medicine Clinic, where I combine my passion for patient care and office management. I have an associate of applied sciences in massotherapy from the Ohio College of Massotherapy, as well as training in neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release therapy.

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