Merissa Mertaugh
professional massage and manual therapy



I have focused my practice to work in a therapeutic capacity, helping restore mobility and alleviate acute and chronic pain. Some techniques I use during treatment involve neuromuscular and myofascial release. Together we will assess, set goals, and come up with plan to get the soft tissue feeling less restricted and help you get back to enjoying every day activities without being burdened by pain.

What is Neuromuscular therapy ?

Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue therapy that uses specialized pressure and strokes to assess and treat acute and chronic discomfort/pain. The goal of the specialized pressure is to deactivate trigger points found in muscle fibers. These trigger points over time can cause postural discrepancies and restrictions in movement and range of motion. 

What is Fascia and myofascial release therapy?

Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds the structure in the body and it holds those structures in place. In a healthy state, fascia is relaxed and mobile but when trauma or inflammation is introduced, the fascial layer will tighten, hindering range of motion. Myofascial release therapy is gentle broad pressure applied to areas of tension held until tissue release. The goal of myofascial therapy is to assist restricted tissues to move more freely, increasing the mobility of those tissues.


common issues where these techniques are utilized but not limited to: 


forward head posture

low back pain/sciatica issues

frozen shoulder

whiplash/history of motor vehicle accident

repetitive movement injuries (ex.carpal tunnel, tendonitis)

neck/shoulder pain



TMJ pain



thoracic outlet syndrome

broken ribs


Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my sessions. Thank you for stopping by!