Kneaded Health
Massage & Wellness LLC
704 Sand Lake Rd, 2nd Fl.
Onalaska, WI 54650
(608) 790-1880

Types of Massages

At Kneaded Health Massage & Wellness we believe that you are an individual and your massage therapy session should be tailored specifically to you.  It is with that in mind that we have specialized training and experience in the following massage modalities for our La Crosse area clients:


Reiki is a system of natural healing that was developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki involves the channeling of energy from practitioner to recipient in order to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that has profound effects on the body, mind and spirit. Reiki brings us directly into contact with the creative intelligence and the vital energy of the universe.

Reiki is a Japanese word that means “Universal Life Force Energy.” It is translated from two words, Rei, which means “Universal” or “Essence of Creation,” and Ki, which means “Life Energy” or “Life Force.” The two characters, when joined, express the coming together of divine life force, the unification of body and soul.  For more information on Reiki, see

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  For more information on CST, see

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.  For more information on Myofascial Release, see

Specific Illness Techniques

Massage techniques specific to cancer, AIDs and breast surgery that are modified for different stages of illness using a nurturing, supportive touch.  For more information, see

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is beneficial throughout the entire nine months of the pregnancy; however, if you are having a high risk pregnancy it is best to discuss your condition with your midwife or physician before seeking a therapist. After doing so you may be able to receive massage work with a written release.

Pregnancy massage can include anything from a full body Swedish massage to light massage work that might include other modalities such as circulatory work, reflexology or cranial sacral therapy.

Athletic / Sports Massage

Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. Growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue is a term which is widely used to describe massage therapy which goes below superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of nutrients and oxygen in the blood. Deep tissue requires that the therapist apply a considerable amount of pressure which in some cases may cause you some discomfort.