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Holifield working to get message out on massage

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Shelia Holifield at her massage table.
SIKESTON - When it comes to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, Shelia Holifield says she has the perfect idea - just relax. And through her new business, Bodyworks, Holifield helps people do just that.

Holifield offers Consegrity and massage therapy. Both are designed to soothe the body, calm the mind and renew the spirit, she explained.

Prior to opening Bodyworks on Oct. 12 at 222A East Center St., Holifield was employed with the Energy Medicine Training Center in Wichita, Kan. There she taught ConsegrityŽ, traveling across the United States offering programs on the technique which is a therapy to help clients clear, clean and reorganize their energy fields.

Holifield said the teaching part of her job came naturally, pointing out for 15 years she was employed as a teacher and counselor, most recently at Lee Hunter Elementary School.

After three years of working and traveling for another company, Holifield decided it was time to stay at home and to open her own business.

At Bodyworks, Holifield, a licensed massage therapist who received her training from the Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, has put together a variety of alternative therapies to help individuals relax and renew. Clients can choose a Swedish massage or hot-stone therapy.

A Swedish massage is the traditional relaxing massage that combines lighter surface strokes with kneading and friction techniques.

The hot-stone therapy begins with Holifield warming hand-harvested stones gathered from the island of Maui. After heating the smooth stones, she applies a herbal oil and uses the stones as massage tools.

"There are a lot of health benefits to massage besides stress reduction," said Holifield. "Massage increases the circulation and the metabolism, improves the detoxifying functions of the lymphatic system and increases joint mobilization."

Plus as the body physically relaxes from a massage, Holifield said, the client enjoys a reduction in tension, anxiety and fatigue. Some individuals find massage can relive insomnia, headaches and chronic pain as well as promote healing.

The Swedish massage is offered in half-hour or hour segments while the hot-stone treatments are for an hour and 15 minutes.

Consegrity, Holifield continued, is a treatment she came across while looking for alternative therapies for students with special needs. The non-invasive energy medicine therapy is done with the client fully clothed but lying on Holifield's massage table. It allows the client's energy field to be mirrored back to their DNA, letting the cells repair and replace themselves like they were originally designed to do, she explained.

During a treatment, the client is taken into a state of deep relaxation. The process is found to be effective in dealing with ADHD/ADD, allergies, back pain, brain injuries, autism, chronic fatigue, heart disease, depression, stress and cancer, according to Holifield as well as increase performance potential in sports.

"Everything I do has a scientific basis for it," Holifield noted.

Consegrity and massage work well together, said Holifield. Both can help the client relax and reconnect and the process can be done separately or a consegrity and massage session can be combined.

In addition to the treatments at her business location, Holifield can take her massage techniques on the road. She offers on-site five to 10-minute chair massages, which have proved popular with businesses wanting to show employee appreciation or during wellness programs.

Also at her business, customers will find a complete line of items used at the Green Valley Spa at St. George, Utah. These are all-natural lotions, bath salts and items Holifield said she enjoys using herself and in her massage treatments.

While some might find the idea of a massage as something to do on a vacation, Holifield said she recommends a massage every two weeks to once month.

"It is very relaxing, very healing and helps the body get rid of toxins. It is giving time to yourself, which all too often we don't do," she said.

Eventually Holifield said she will add classes teaching others the basics of massage and breathing techniques.

All treatments are offered by appointment only. To contact Holifield at Bodyworks call 573-620-3046.