I love to treat overlooked and difficult areas — the psoas, forearms, front of the neck — I’ve been practicing for 19 years in order to do this work!
— John

Massage Therapy

With over 19 years' experience providing massage therapy for professional dancers, choreographers, yoga teachers, martial artists, professional athletes, and performing artists, Capital Acupuncture and Therapeutic Massage is Madison's secret for the treatment of common soft tissue and neurological problems. Does your knee still hurt following surgery? Or did you just wake up unable to turn your head? We are here to help.

Owner/therapist John Roberts also loves to apply his experience to uncommon, tenacious, and hard-to-treat conditions. His passion is helping people regain flexibility and comfort in their bodies. His specialty is finding the positioning and movement that unearths the problem areas and allows these areas to be addressed deeply and effectively — yet comfortably

Deep when depth and pressure are called for. Gentle when subtlety is called for. Grounded in anatomy, kinesiology, and years of experience working on all sorts of bodies. Intelligent and practical, supportive and nonjudgmental. Accompanied by clear communication, a warm therapeutic presence, and a generous sense of humor.

At our office, you will get a therapeutic massage that is comfortable, relaxing, and effective. Your massage will tailored to your individual condition and needs. Often the work is a deep, slow, and specific. A combination of deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, positional release, active- and passive-release methods, Thai, Shiatsu, and Tuina. Your session will often include moist heat packs, dry heat, therapeutic liniments — and comfortable positioning on the nicest massage table in Wisconsin!

conditions that respond well to massage therapy

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Psoas release
  • Sports-related injuries
  • ITB pain and restriction / Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches
  • Post-surgical scarring & tightness
  • Breast cancer recovery e.g. restricted movement
  • Burn scars
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Repetitive strain and tendonitis
  • Scoliosis and Kyphosis
  • TMJ /  Temporomandibular joint pain / jaw pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • SI joint / Sacroiliac pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee pain

Research shows that massage therapy

  • Increases range of motion
  • Decreases pain, especially neck and back, but also other pains including osteoarthritis
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Decreases depression
  • Increases serotonin levels
  • Increases dopamine levels
  • Increases natural killer (NK) and lymphocyte levels
  • Decreases cortisol levels
  • Reduces itching and pain of burn scars
  • Pregnant women receiving massage experience shorter labors, a shorter hospital stay and less postpartum depression.
  • People with with multiple sclerosis experience a decrease in anxiety and depression, improved self-esteem, better body image and image of disease progression, and enhanced social functional status.