Leslie Christensen
Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Orthopedic Massage


I studied orthopedic massage with James Waslaski. His approach is an integrated manual therapy program that specializes in eliminating chronic pain and sports injuries and optimizing performance potential.

He has a 12-step approach to therapy, including:

  1. Client history
  2. Assessing (3 parts) active range of motion
  3. Assessing passive range of motion 
  4. Assessing resisted range of motion
  5. Preparing the area to be worked on
  6. Myofascial Release
  7. Trigger Point Therapy
  8. Cross Fiber Friction 
  9. Multidirectional Friction
  10. Pain-Free Movement
  11. Eccentric Scar Tissue Alignment
  12. Stretching and Strengthening

The client history and assessment is crucial to the treatment plan, since each problem has its own specific release techniques. Knowing what the problem is essential to an appropriate treatment approach.

Orthopedic massage can address numerous musculoskeletal conditions. These include but are not limited to

  • Tendinosis
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Mid-back pain
  • Rhomboid pain
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Whiplash injury
  • Neck pain
  • Medial and lateral epicondylosis
  • Hamstring strains
  • IT band pain  
  • Shin splints

I am currently continuing my studies in Orthopedic Massage with Whitney Lowe. Lowe’s system is research and outcome based. His system requires knowing what tissues are at fault and how. And while it may not always be possible to know exactly what tissues are the primary problems, the more you understand, the higher the success rate in treating it. His techniques include active engagement, p.n.f. stretching, myofascial release, advanced therapeutic techniques, neuromuscular therapy, nerve mobilization techniques, positional release, muscle energy technique, and trigger point therapy. The combination of these different massage therapies is what makes this form of treatment so effective.


To contact me for an appointment:

Call: (512)459-0517      Email:  LeslieForMassage@gmail.com

 Please note that I use a number of modalities when treating someone for pain or muscle tightness.