Katie Parisou, Licensed Massage Therapist

When was your last massage?

Hello!  My name is Katie Parisou, I am a licensed massage therapist in State College, PA.  I ABSOLUTELY love what I do!!

So many people these days are going through their days/weeks/years with numerous aches and pains. I believe that regular bodywork can help reduce their discomfort, allowing my clients to live a healthy, happier, and more productive life. 

For the last 15+ years, the focus of my practice has been on “resolving the issues in your tissues” using restorative massage.  I am trained in SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique), Oncology, Medicupping Vacutherapy, Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique), Lymphedema Management, Swedish, and Orthopedic massage, which allows me to use my considerable skills to help you with what your body needs.  

I am so grateful that I get to do what I love every single day.  I look forward to meeting you, to share with you the amazing gift of massage.

At Parisou Massage, we welcome humans of all sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Restorative Massage

Integrative massage therapy designed to remove severe tension, restorative massage is a gentle and relaxing technique used to relieve both muscles and connective tissue below the surface. It helps to improve range of motion and heal injuries below the surface.  

Scar tissue massage therapy reduces pain and restriction, restores nerve function (including resolving numbness and sensitivity)  and helps to prevent additional adhesions from forming after injury or surgery.

Pre/Post Surgical Massage

If you have had surgery of any kind, you know that there is always a recovery period, and often additional therapy is needed to regain strength and range of motion.  Post-surgical massage therapy is extremely helpful in reducing pain and swelling, restoring range of motion, and accelerating healing time.  Having a procedure like a knee or hip replaced is an undertaking.  Getting massage on a weekly-basis after surgery is a great way to help your body truly heal and recover, getting you back to what you love!

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a light, skin-stretching technique that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of a swollen area or limb.  The general effects of MLD are an increase in lymph production, an increase in lymphangiomotoricity, an increase in venous return, and providing an overall soothing and analgesic effect.  

MLD is indicated for many conditions, including:

  • general edema or lymphedema 

  • post-surgical and post-traumatic swelling

  • chronic fatigue syndrome

  • fibromyalgia

  • migraine headaches

  • general detoxification

  • cancer

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Most commonly, this techique takes into account the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.  Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received specialized training in oncology massage.