Melissa Hartford, LMT
LMT, OMTMassage Therapist & Tutor

Please download, fill out, and bring to your first session the client health history form. The information is confidential and provides you with a safe and effective massage session.

Massage therapy is an integral part of a wellness lifestyle. Studies have found that massage increases circulation and immune function, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts damaging stress hormones such as cortisol.

Massage is also beneficial for multiple medical conditions, including

  • chronic headaches
  • whiplash
  • fibromyalgia
  • sciatica pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • pregnancy
  • anxiety, stress, and depression
  • muscle injury
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • chronic muscle pain
  • ...and many others!
About Melissa

Melissa Hartford is a licensed massage therapist who trained at Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA. She blends a variety of massage modalities--deep tissue, Swedish, and myofascial release--to create treatments centered around each client’s needs. She focuses on reducing chronic pain and addressing muscle tension patterns.

Melissa is a member of ABMP and a Teacher Assistant at Cortiva. She is also a Reiki practitioner and certified in Orthopedic and Pre- and Peri-natal Massage.

Before entering the world of massage, Melissa worked in publishing and journalism. After feeling overwhelmed by chronic stress and a demanding corporate environment, she sought a career that would alleviate those anxieties and help other people feel calmer, happier, and more in tune with their bodies too.

*Hablo español.


A massage session may involve a combination of the following modalities:

  • Orthopedic
  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Reiki
60-minute massage$85
90-minute massage$110
Private tutoring**$50/session
Custom length sessions are available
Gift certificates are available
Massage packages:
  • 3 massages for $240 ($5 off per massage)
  • 5 massages for $375 ($10 off per massage)
*Watertown Back Care referral rates are set by Dr. Gorman and subject to his discretion.
**Body mechanics, anatomy & physiology for massage therapists.

Payment & Cancellation

Payment is expected at the time services are rendered. Accepted payments are cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover).

At least 24-hour notice is required for session cancellations, except for inclement weather or sudden illness. Cancellations with less than 24-hours’ notice will result in the full charge of the session. Lateness to a session will result in the possible shortening of the session.

Session Termination

The client and the therapist have the right to end the session at any moment either party feels threatened or unsafe. Any request for sexual services or inappropriate conduct will result in the immediate termination of the session with full payment rendered.


Client privacy is guaranteed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Details may be found at

Contact Melissa

: (617) 794-7557

Watertown Back Care
440 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472