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Spreading the message about massage

Sunday, November 11, 2007

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Joy Cochran, left, and Melissa Massey are the owners of Serenity Massage and Bodywork.
SIKESTON - For a therapy that has been around more than 3,000 years, Melissa Massey and Joy Cochran, owners of Serenity Massage and Bodywork, still find they often must spend time getting out the message about the benefits of massage.

"A massage isn't about pampering," said Cochran. "It has medical benefits, rehabilitative benefits."

"A massage can do wonders for your body, both physically and mentally," added Massey.

According to the nationally certified therapists, massage's recognized medical benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, increasing blood circulation and lymph function and providing relief for muscle and joint soreness. They said massage therapy not only helps people cope with stress by providing a way to relax, but it can also reduce the discomfort and pain caused by illness, activity or hormonal fluctuations.

"Having a massage is an excellent way to treat yourself to the gift of health. Whether the goal is simply to unwind or to treat a more serious problem," said Cochran.

Since joining forces in August and opening Serenity Massage and Bodywork at 1222 Linn St., the women have worked together to get the word out about the business and the benefits of massage. It is a message that is being heard.

"People who just come in just to relax (with a massage), soon realize they have more energy, they are sleeping better," said Cochran " They are amazed at what 15 or 30 minutes even an hour can do for one's body,"

According to Massey, people who are tired of taking medication and looking for an a natural alternative are turning to massage. She explained because massage relaxes the nervous system and alleviates muscle tightness, it can help relieve stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. Others find massage beneficial when dealing with headaches or sinus pain, she added.

"They use the power of relaxation to heal naturally," she said. "When you feel renewed and restored after a massage, daily aggravations seem less important and are easier to cope with.

She pointed out that others use the benefits of massage along with the treatments prescribed by their doctors. One of her clients, a cancer patient, uses massage as a time to relax and forget about her medical concerns, Massey said. "It is an hour for her to get her mind and body back in balance."

Athletes have also found massage to be beneficial, according to Cochran. For those active in sports, the therapists said massage can assist with their flexibility and range of motions.

Offering different types of therapeutic massage, the therapists said each has specific benefits. Available are deep tissue, sports, trigger point, acupressure and Swedish massages.

They recommend first speaking them about any ailments experienced to enable them to determine the best massage techniques needed to achieve the desired results. Primarily they offer therapeutic massages, however complementary services such as scrubs, bodywraps and facials are available at well.

As part of the massage experience, there are specialized products used by the therapists including the all-natural body scrubs, essential oils and body butters. By using all-natural products, they explained there is less worry about reactions from sensitive skin-types.

Even the atmosphere is serene with the two massage rooms featuring special music designed to help a client relax. A client can choose to lie on a table for a massage or receive a massage in a chair specifically designed for massage .

Prices vary depending on the type of massage, the length. Serenity Massage and Bodywork also offers special every other month and gift certificates are available.

"This is the best gift that you can give," said Cochran. "Most people get thanked twice - once when they receive their gift certificate and again after the person gets the massage."

Both certified and licensed by the state of Missouri, Massey graduated from Natural Healing Institute of Western Kentucky, and Cochran is a 2005 graduate of Metro Business College.

Serenity Massage and Bodywork is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment.