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Angie's List: Massage Therapy

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MADISON (WKOW) -- This is your official reminder: Sunday is Mother's Day! If you're thinking about getting Mom a massage at a spa, Angie's List has some advice on massage therapy first.

In her free time, Danielle Frey hits hard as a roller derby girl, but she offers a soft touch in her job as a massage therapist. "If someone wants to come in and relax i'm going to use mostly Swedish techniques. If someone is coming in for pain relief I'm going to add in some trigger points, deep tissue work, and maybe some myofascial release."

For nearly six years, Danielle Bell has used massage therapy helped relieve her back pain "I find that the medications my doctors prescribed don't really address that so I come and get massages from Danielle to address those problems and I find that the massage actually does address the problem rather than covering it up like medication does."

Amy Wallarab enjoys a massage called thai yoga which involves stretching and compression work. Frey says it has many benefits. "Increased flexibility is a big one. It really works deep into the muscles to help relax the muscles. You feel relaxed but also rejuvenated and energized afterwards."

Angie's List says if you are not familiar with massage therapy, ask questions to be sure you are comfortable with the service. Angie Hicks says, "A massage can be a great way to pamper your mom this Mother's Day, but be sure it's going to be something she is going to want to do and is comfortable with. The last thing your mom is going to tell you is you wasted money. She probably won't be comfortable and she'll just throw the certificate in the drawer and never talk about it."

Massage might not be ideal for anyone, especially those with health problems. If you are considering a gift of massage for mom, make sure she checks first with her doctor. And while most states require massage therapist to be licensed, angie's list says there are a handful of states that do not. So make sure you ask what level of education or testing they have acquired.
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