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You want to feel good. Relaxed. Comfortable.

That’s why I offer both relaxation and medical massage therapy, so you can feel and function better.

In practice since 2006, I have an intuitive touch and can hone in on and address whatever is contributing to your tension or discomfort.

Most people request our first menu item below, Custom Therapeutic Massage, a blend of techniques selected by your therapist to offer you the best results for your hard-earned money. Click through to learn more about any of the modalities and approaches we have expertise in:

Custom Therapeutic Massage
A blend of techniques that will reduce stress, tension or pain. Session includes the modalities and techniques your therapist thinks will help you the most. To learn more, see the individual modalities listed, or…

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Swedish Massage
If you’ve never had a massage before, Swedish can be a great place to start. Swedish massage is one of the most comfortable techniques, done with gentle, medium or firm pressure. It is among the most popular Western forms of massage, designed to help you slow down and recharge.

Swedish uses long, flowing strokes, kneading, gentle friction, vibration and other techniques to gently stretch and relax the body’s muscles, soothe the nervous system, encourage circulation (providing oxygen and nutrients and carrying away metabolic waste) and healing.

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Deep Tissue Massage (please read if you want extra-deep)
NOTE: I’m happy to work with FIRM pressure, but I no longer offer EXTRA-DEEP massage. Most people actually want firm pressure when they ask for a “deep tissue” massage. Extra-deep pressure massage may not be what you need. Often people request “deep tissue” because they were told it’s the most effective, but that is contradicted by how the nervous system usually reacts to uncomfortable massage: by tensing your muscles in resistance, the opposite of relaxation. After 12 years of serving clients, experience has taught me that more comfortable techniques typically work better than super “deep tissue,” in part because the nervous system isn’t alarmed. I’d rather mindfully coax muscles into relaxation than “beat them into submission.”*

If you’ve believed that a massage has to be uncomfortable to be beneficial, I encourage you to reconsider. “No-pain, no-gain” is an idea that’s falling out of favor, both in manual therapy as well as athletics. In fact, causing pain during massage is contrary to the understanding of modern pain science. Pain creates a stress response in the body. “Even if it is subtle, stress hormones are released, blood vessels constrict, muscles tighten, and the body resists our efforts. The effect is exactly the opposite of what we want to achieve.” [From Painless Deep Tissue Massage by Alice Sanvito, LMT.] Firm massage, when comfortable, can work wonders, and there are many other techniques I use that give excellent results. Curious? Browse the other modalities listed or schedule a massage and we’ll decide the best approach for your needs before the massage starts. If you have questions, feel free to request a phone consultation by texting or calling me at 240-487-9387.

True deep tissue massage addresses the tissues deeper within the body, using directly applied light to firm pressure. If you prefer a massage with a firm to extra-deep touch, you’re likely looking for a Swedish massage with firm to extra deep pressure. A firm pressure massage can be great for general relaxation, to de-stress and to relieve minor aches.

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*I have held this opinion since 2009, but the decision to refrain from extra-deep work (as of April 2018) is now also for my own protection and the longevity of my career.

Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR focuses on releasing acute or chronic muscular shortness and tightness. Using comfortable tissue-stretching holds or long, very slow strokes, MFR softens muscles and a connective tissue called fascia. MFR is gentle, a self correcting process. Light to moderate, but focused and prolonged stretch and compression are applied to the body. It is usually done without oil, against the skin or over clothing. Current thinking, based on modern pain science, is that these long holds calm the nervous system so it generates less (or no) pain and relaxes the “guarding” mechanism of tension.

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DermoNeuroModulation (DNM)
Dermo = skin
Neuro = nervous system
Modulation = change

DNM is excellent for tension and acute or chronic pain. If you have pain with no known cause, DNM may help to calm a nervous system stuck in threat-sensitive mode. A hyper-aware nervous system can result in pain sensations:

  • without physical damage or dysfunction
  • after an injury or surgery is healed and recovery is “complete”
  • from repetitive stress, emotional trauma, etc.

The techniques include comfortable positioning and sustained skin stretching (2 minutes or longer). DNM is sometimes combined with other techniques to create a well-rounded treatment plan.

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Pillossage (Thermal Therapy)
[Coming soon! A form of thermal therapy that’s both relaxing and effective for many conditions.]


Orthopedic Massage
Orthopedic Massage is a form of rehabilitative massage that addresses physical problems often accompanied by acute or chronic pain, nagging discomfort, postural issues and/or limited mobility. Orthopedic Massage focuses on restoring pain-free range of motion throughout the body and integrating structural balance. Special attention is given to correct assessment of the problem, proper treatment and client self-care. All work is designed to be done without discomfort to the client.  Session duration includes time needed for orthopedic assessments and follow-up exercise suggestions, if warranted.

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Osgood-Schlatter's Treatment
If your child has been diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatters Disease (OSD), I can teach you a very easy way to treat your child that takes just 2 minutes a day. Research has shown there is a nearly 100% probability that your child will recover relatively quickly: an average of 20 days using this approach (instead of an average of 21 months using standard treatment). One appointment is all that is needed and I supply you with both visual and hands-on instruction, as well as a printed handbook that details everything you need to know.

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Massage at Your Location
Home, office or event. Follow the link below for details. Please contact us for more information and to determine outcall rates. NOTE: Office sessions may be paid by the company or by the employee.

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Medical Massage

Most of the modalities listed above may be used for medical massage purposes, when thoughtfully and skillfully applied. If you want to learn more about a specific condition I treat, please also see my articles on Medical Massage.

A Serene Experience

  • Your appointment will be unhurried from start to finish.
  • I really listen to you to design a customized massage based on your needs.
  • My office decor is calming, the lights will be turned low, with options for music, nature sounds, etc.
  • You will receive the full hands-on time you’ve requested.
  • Your massage treatment will be pain free and relaxing, using the pressure you prefer.
  • I’m quiet during your massage, only speaking to check-in on pressure or ask a massage-relevant question.
  • If desired, I will offer suggestions to make your results last longer at home and work.

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Consultations and Insurance

Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your needs.

Do you have an insurance question? Check out How to Save Money on Your Massage, which includes information on insurance, HSAs and FSAs (etc.), how to get a massage prescription from your doctor and more.

Rates for Really Great Relaxation or Medical Massage

Appointment times are HANDS-ON* and do not include health history intake/follow up time. In addition to hands-on time, please allow up to 30 minutes extra for first appointments, 15 minutes extra for return clients.

New Client**
(10% discount)
Regular PriceOn-Location***
(includes $45 travel fee)
60 min.$99$110$155
90 min.$130.50$145$190
120 min.$166.50$185$230
New Client**
(10% discount)
60 min.$99
90 min.$130.50
120 min.$166.50

Regular Price
60 min.$110
90 min.$145
120 min.$185

(includes $45 travel fee)
60 min.$155
90 min.$190
120 min.$230
*Hands-On Time:
May include postural, range-of-motion and movement assessments, demonstration of suggested exercises, or for pain education, when warranted.

**New Clients:
At FMT office only. Discount may not be applied to gift certificates or combined with other offers.

***Massage at Your Location:
I charge a $45 travel fee for on-site massage within the city of Frederick, MD, my travel area.
These rates apply to single massage sessions at home, hotel or office only. (For appointments further away, please contact me for a quote.) I only charge one travel fee per visit to a location, so if you have multiple people wanting a massage (such as spouses), you will only pay one travel fee total. If you are looking for event massage, please contact me to discuss your needs, thanks!

Hours by Appointment:

Hours and days may vary, to inquire please call or text 240-487-9387.

Monday: 9am-4pm
Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: Usually closed*
Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-4pm
Weekends: CLOSED
*Occasionally open, please see schedule.

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What My Clients are Saying...

"When I leave a session with Marlene—I have the feelings of someone that just got fantastic news. I believe her touch encourages you to connect with yourself and at the same time let go of stress and let her help. I find in my sessions with her—she is attentive/knowledgeable and intuitive to the point where verbal communication is not necessary. She is truly talented.” — Gina Click
"Marlene Mayman has a unique and amazing gift of healing through the art of massage therapy. After just two sessions, she provided me with much-needed pain relief from a pinched ulnar nerve, as a result of whiplash. I had tried months of physical therapy with no success. I was so desperate to escape the numbness in my hand & arm and to my amazement she accomplished what others could not do. I feel so fortunate to have found the gift of Marlene… My husband sees her as well and we cannot sing her praises enough. Thank you, Marlene!” — Becky Stallings Schneider
"My entire upper body feels much improved. The most noticeable effect is the lack of pain in that little area near my shoulder blades. This is such a relief. I have been on the computer for long periods of time, and it has not been a problem. Also, my entire shoulder area feels more flexible and there is significantly less pain on that left side. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in to this.” — Alison Roeser
"I have suffered with carpel tunnel for many years. Marlene was able to improve my situation tremendously in a few visits. Marlene is not your average therapist; she is highly trained, committed to excellence and very professional in all she does. I would trust her and recommended her to anyone without reservation.” — Mac Caldwell

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