About Lupus

Online Massage Therapy Resource Guide

Many people with autoimmune diseases such as lupus report that massage benefits them.  

For several years, volunteers from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have been working on the local level with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, educating and providing massage therapy to those affected by this disease.

These efforts have lead to new opportunities for more people living with lupus to experience the benefits of massage. AMTA and S.L.E. have paired up to provide a massage therapy on-line resource guide—AMTA members can list themselves on the S.L.E. website to help people with lupus to find qualified, licensed, affordable massage therapists in their area.

Lupus and Massage

All Massage Therapists listed are licensed by the state of NY and are members of the American Massage Therapist Association (AMTA).

  • The sliding scale fee will be determined on an individual basis and agreed to by the Therapist and client prior to the first appointment and will not change without written notice. Clients must pay in full at time of appointment.
  • Cancellations or changes to appointment must be made 24 hours prior. There is a fee charged for missed appointments. 
  • The client should not schedule an appointment if they are experiencing a lupus flare (fever, rash, ulcers, or other signs or symptoms). In addition, the massage therapist should be informed of any medications (corticosteroids) or treatments. Deep tissue massage can exacerbate lupus and in some cases may be contraindicated.

The AMTA massage therapists listed below are open to offering massage therapy on a sliding scale based on income. All terms and conditions are at the discretion of each individual therapist and client.

Please contact the therapist directly to discuss fees and scheduling:

Peter Arebalo, LMT
680 East Jericho Turnpike
Huntington Station, NY 11743
For house calls there is a $15.00 travel fee
Modalities: Amma, Tuina, Deep Tissue Nueromuscular, Facia, Streatching, Thai, Presence Meditation, Trauma Relief

Yevgeniy Belilovskiy, LMT
550 Dongan Hills Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10305
House or Office calls
Modalities: Swedish, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point

Mary Beth Clancy-Halayko
Massage to You
2 Summer Street
Troy, NY 12180
House or Office calls 
Modalities Swedish, Reiki, Reflexology, Cancer Care

Lorna Castro-Morales L.Ac. L.M.TH
Quality & Bonanza
1489 Hoe Ave. #A5
Bronx, NY 10460
House calls made if within a 20 mile radius and if the client has a massage table
Modalities: Swedish, Trigger Point release, Shiatsu, Prenatal Massage, Reflexology, Licensed Acupuncturist. Deep Tissue, stone Massage, Cupping Massage

Elizabeth Cyriac, LMT
414 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 1
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Modalities: Swedish, Accupressure, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Prenatal and Postnatal Massage

Dawn DeBois, LMT
The Early Dawn Massage Therapy
32 Main St.
Chatham, NY 12037
House calls available within a 20 mile radius of Chatham, NY; visitors to studio must be able to walk up stairs.
Modalities: Myofascia, NMT, Swedish, Acupressure, Energy, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Geriatric Massage, Cancer Massage, Hospital Massage, Hospice Massage

Satu H. Ferentz, LMT 
133 W. 72nd St. Suite 404 
New York, NY 10023 
Modalities: Swedish, Acupressure, Energy Work

Patricia Gardiner, LMT 
135-10 Grand Cntl Pkwy #308 
Kew Gardens, NY 11435 
House calls only 
Modalities: Swedish, Myofascial, Deep tissue, Sports, Shiatsu.

Lisa Garrett
Somata Wellness
596 Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Modalities: Swedish, Shiatsu, Myofacial, Sound/Music Healing and Digestive Health Coaching

Ruth Herold, LMT
Ruth's Massage Therapy
20 Palmer Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
Makes house calls
A unique light fascial techniques which works well for those with compromised immune systems

Jan Kral, LMT 
572 Grand Street G906 
New York, NY 10002 
Modalities: Swedish and Western massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, and hip-sacrum-low back massage.

Andrew Kressel, LMT 
U Kneada Massage 
58 Commack Rd.
Commack, NY 11725  (central Long Island, LIE exit 52) 
(631) 543-Ahhh (631 543-2444) 
Modalitites: Bowen work, Massage, Myofascial Therapy, Reiki, Reiki Crystal Healing.

Jeanne LaPrelle, LMT
1133 Broadway, Suite 1205
New York, NY
Modalities: Medical Massage, Myofascial, Trigger Point

Sean LeeChong, LMT
Purple Lounge Mobile Spa
Modalities: DEEP TISSUE Massage, Sports Massage Therapy/Per & Post, Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Reiki, Healing Meditative Art, Prenatal Massage Certification

Yvonne Nickens, LMT 
Massage Services by Yvonne 
171-32 Liberty Avenue 
Queens, NY 11433 
House or Office calls 
Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Shiatsu and Aromatherapy

Samantha Paige-Graeber, LMT 
2702 Route 6 
Slate Hill, NY 10973 
845 355.8015 
Modalities: Swedish, Myofasical, Body Work and Energy Work 

Karen Sue Rositzke, LMT
153 Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Makes house calls
Modalities: Swedish, Accupressure, Chair, Reiki

Lori Singer
Lori Massage Studio
80 E. 11th St., Suite 207​
New York, NY 10003
House calls for Reflexology and for clients who have massage tables
Modalities: Therapeutic & Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Prenatal & Postnatal Masssage

Sheree Sophas, LMT CD(DONA)
Surreal Serenity, LLC
(Mobile Practice)
942 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Modalities: Acupressure, Doula, Meditation Facilitator, Herbs/Plant Medicine, Swedish, Thai, Medical Massage, Pregnancy, Sports, Ayreuvedic, Active Isolated Stretching, Aroma therapy, Sound Therapy, 

Pamela Stewart, LMT
Internally Happy, Inc. 
145 6th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(917) 324-0465
Modalities: Swedish, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Prenatal

Layla Vazquez
(718) 450-2372
228 West 25th St.
New York, NY 10001
Makes house calls.
Swedish, Deep-Tissue, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Passive/Active Assisted Stretching, Geriatric Massage, Bereavement Massage & Medical Massage