Deep tissue massage is “the understanding of the layers of the body, and the ability to work with tissue in these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible.”

— Art Riggs, author of Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques




Our Clinic

Our clinic, located at 503 12th Ave. East Seattle, WA. 98102, at the corner of 12th and Republican, is in a four-story home on Capitol Hill. There is parking on the street and we are well served by public transportation. Entrance to the clinic is on Republican.


Frequently Asked Questions

About medical massage

When choosing a clinic be sure the practitioners are licensed in Washington State and that they  specialize in medical massage.  Your massage therapist will need to be a provider, approved by your health insurance carrier when referred to treatment by your doctor.  Ask about the type of massage provided and the experience of the practitioners.  It is important that you feel safe and comfortable in the clinic environment. 

Discover the experience and the types of massage they can provide.  Each practitioner should have diverse training and a continuing education background as well as a personal style.  At Lanz Medical Massage, we have experienced practitioners with a variety of specialty skills, experiences and styles.  Feel free to experience them all to find the one that best fits your needs.  If you are unsure, consult with Loretta Lanz. She can help you decide what treatment approach and therapist will be right for you based on your current condition, rehabilitation goals and treatment needs.

Absolutely not.  Massage does not have to hurt to be effective.  To the contrary, when pain is occurring during administration of massage harm is being caused.  That said, some temporary discomfort (what some clients may call the “good hurt”) may be appropriate in situations such as treatment of mature scar tissue, and the releasing of long held and stubborn adhesions.  A skilled and thoughtful practitioner can access and treat deep structures of the body with minimal discomfort with your assistance. 

If you experience pain during massage, immediately inform the practitioner of the pain, your response and where it is in your body and help them modulate their pressure to stay below your pain threshold for the most effective results.

Muscle memory can also be activated through the application of massage.  The cellular memory of all physical movements, physical or emotional are stored within the muscle and connective tissues.  When massage accesses the muscles where those memories are stored, memories may be released resulting in release of emotional energy, pain and including patterns of movements associated with the memory.  Once released, the tissue can return to its original state of being.

When massage is administered, the connective tissue changes, from a more “solid-state” to a more “fluid-state”.  This response also occurs when heat is applied to tissue, which is why practitioners will often apply a hot pack on an area before applying massage, to further enhance this “fluid-state” response.  Connective tissue is the most prevalent tissue found in the body. 

Lanz Medical Massage is a Preferred Provider for most major insurance companies and will bill your insurance company directly. A prescription/referral from your physician will be needed before treatment. Insurance co-payments and or payments for non-covered services are required at the time of the massage.

Lanz Medical Massage accepts all major credit cards as well as checks and cash.

Reclining in the dentist's chair can make us feel very vulnerable-especially when you have a long treatment. Imaginations can run wild, sending our anxiety levels soaring.

Massage is known to decrease fears, lower anxieties and increase the level of comfort about dental procedures. Fear and anxiety of dentistry can now be a thing of the past.  At Lanz Medical Massage in Capitol Hill, our treatments include Intra-oral massage which can address a variety of conditions including TMJ. Read more about intra-oral massage.

Yes, if you are interested in a Lanz Massage Gift Certificate for a friend or loved one, please contact us. Lanz Medical Massage accepts all major credit cards as well as checks and cash.