Massage Therapy

Relaxation | Recover | Performance

Our commitment: provide the best therapeutic massage experience in Greenville, South Carolina. Upstate Spine & Sport offers a medical massage tailored to your specific needs for a highly focused and personalized massage every time.


Massage therapy can help reduce aches and pains, improve your athletic performance, or help you unwind and relax. No matter what your goal, our massage therapist will help you achieve it.


Our massage therapist works closely with our Greenville chiropractor, acupuncturist, and stretch therapist. We communicate effectively to get you back to what you love revived, refreshed, and ready to go.

Foot Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage

Designed to apply pressure to layers of muscle and tissues deep beneath the skin.
This massage is therapeutic and very effective in relieving problems areas.

Swedish Massage

The Swedish modality has one main focus: relaxation. However, Swedish is also beneficial by increasing blood flow to the critical areas and breaking down scar tissue. 

Sports Massage

Whether you’re a serious or occasional athlete, enjoying less muscle pain and stiffness, as well as improved performance is a good reason to get regular massage.

Deep Trigger Point Massage

Trigger point therapy taps into the body’s internal web of muscles and tissues to unlock common chronic injury-related pains caused by tension and stress.

Thai Massage

The therapist uses their hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you in a series of yoga like stretches.
Muscle compression and joint mobilization is also used in the session – we do the yoga for you!

Active Release Technique

ART is a patented myofascial release technique that utilizes patient movement to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

Our Mission

Our Greenville SC massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, stretch therapist, and support team are dedicated to finding you a solution to your lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, and more.

We understand what you need: fast pain relief, personal attention, and the ability to keep doing what you love.

Conditions Treated By Massage Therapy

At Upstate Spine & Sport, we understand that pain relief needs are unique to each individual, and massage therapy is an avenue worth exploring. Our professionals focus on non-surgical pain relief solutions, including acupuncture and chiropractic adjustment. These methods are highly effective in improving circulation and targeting specific areas.

Our effective massage therapy techniques can also relieve lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and sciatica pain. 

Back Pain | Massage For Lower Back Pain

One of the most common complaints is for upper back pain and lower back pain. Back problems usually begin with awkward body movements or positions that tweak various muscles. Massage is one of the most effective treatments for low back pain, relieving tension and inflammation while encouraging healing through circulation.

Shoulder Pain | Massage For Shoulder Pain

Right or left shoulder pain may result from poor posture, misalignment, injury, lifting, or sharp movements, like throwing. Shoulder blade pain often manifests with misalignment in the spine, particularly in the cervical (neck) area. Massage therapy can easily relieve pain between shoulder blades, instantly improving flexibility and range of motion.

Neck Pain | Massage For Neck Pain

Various ailments cause acute (short-term) and chronic neck pain, but most symptoms result from poor spinal mechanics. Poor posture is equally detrimental, but massage therapy can provide neck pain relief immediately. It soothes sore muscles in the neck and back, healing the body by relieving the inflammation and stimulating tissues.

Sciatica Pain | Massage For Sciatica

Irritation in the sciatic nerve causes terrible sciatica pain, typically from a herniated or slipped disc in the lower back. Sciatica pain radiates throughout the entire body, especially the legs. Sciatica treatment varies, but circulation improves through massage therapy for extremely effective sciatica relief, reducing inflammation, numbness, tingling, and discomfort.

Upstate Spine & Sport | Your Massage Therapy Specialists | Greenville, SC

When back, neck, or shoulder pain flares up, or the painful tingles and numbness of sciatica, massage is an incredible antidote. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating, no matter the location of the discomfort. Massage therapy is also a therapeutic way to ease muscles, reduce inflammation, and stimulate tissue healing.

Our team viewed below provides individualized massage therapy care in Greenville, SC. Pain relief is the Upstate Spine & Sports goal— schedule your massage today to find pain relief.

Sarah Kimmel, LMT, ART, CPT

Sarah is passionate about helping people perform at their best and enjoy a pain-free and active life. As a massage therapist, Active Release Technique specialist, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Sarah’s unique approach empowers her clients to reach and exceed their goals.

Sarah is a Greenville native who started her career as a personal trainer and teaching group fitness classes before becoming a studio manager at a few local Greenville gyms. She saw a need in the fitness and movement industry for a more comprehensive pain and injury management approach.

Sarah decided to enroll in massage therapy school to earn a license that would allow her to comprehensively treat pain. However, her ultimate goal was to become a ‘hybrid’ clinician –  combining principles of massage therapy, exercise rehabilitation, sports performance, strength and conditioning, and the latest soft tissue techniques. She has taken continuing education through Active Release Techniques, the gold standard in soft-tissue care for active people. Sarah also spent over 500 hours assisting Dr. David Jolson to better understand how to help her patients become an expert in their own problem, not just the passive recipient of treatment.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her dog, Harley, hiking, rock climbing, and reading. She also is a competitive powerlifter and weightlifter and in 2018 she placed first at the WPC Powerlifting World Championship. She is thrilled to serve the Greenville community.

Ryan Holmes, LMT

Ryan is an experienced massage therapist with a diverse background and education adaptable to nearly any client. He offers massage therapy tailored to your specific needs for a highly focused and personalized massage every time.

Ryan has over twenty years of experience working as a massage therapist in Greenville SC in sports facilities, hospitals, universities, spas, wellness centers, and rehab centers. He has provided massage to hard working desk workers, professional athletes, and everyone in between. Ryan has taken additional coursework in massage therapy for pregnancy, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, as well as Reiki, cranial-sacral therapy, and many more techniques.

Ryan himself knows what it’s like to battle an injury – he had a debilitating low back injury in which he learned from the patient perspective everything from a non-surgical perspective to eventual surgery. This process helped Ryan understand and appreciate the full spectrum of musculoskeletal care and the recovery process.

Ryan has lived in the Upstate area for most of his life and is happily married to his wife Jillian, and proud father of three sons. In his free time he enjoys swimming, biking, climbing, playing outside, kettlebells, and general movement. He also has a coaching and fitness background in the judo and jujitsu world. Ryan is ready to continue to serve the Greenville SC community.

Shelby Robertson, LMT

Shelby is a California native who is happy to call Greenville, South Carolina her home. Ever since falling off a horse as a young girl and breaking her wrist, she has been fascinated with the body’s ability to heal. That incident firmly established her adventurous nature and unending gratitude for life and all its random mishaps and joys.

Shelby graduated on the Dean’s List from Southeastern Institute, home to the best neuromuscular massage therapy program of the Southeast. She has been practicing massage and bodywork for over 10 years within interdisciplinary settings alongside chiropractors, physical therapists, inside spas, gyms, and hospital systems.

Shelby has taken extensive continuing education focused on the study of Thai Bodywork, Massage, intentional breath, Reiki, and Bodywork Therapy. Her goal is to combine principles of movement with her intuitive touch to facilitate deeper levels of relaxation, flexibility, and pain relief. With the combination of her knowledge and modalities, Shelby’s clients have reported uniquely positive results physically, emotionally, and energetically.

Shelby enjoys spending time with friends and her family. She stays active by hiking and walking the Swamp Rabbit Trail, spinning fire, and experimenting with dance. She is thrilled to serve the Greenville community.

I have worked with many massage therapists throughout my professional soccer career, and Elaina is one of the best. She has been a great asset for the Triumph players, staff, and the Greenville community. I'd recommend her to any athlete, hard working Mom or Dad, and anyone that needs recovery and relief from muscle soreness and stress!

John Harkes - Greenville Triumph Coach & National Soccer Hall of Fame