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Body Kneads Has a Massage for Everyone's Needs

By Pamela Sosnowski

While massage is often thought of as an indulgence, it can also be a godsend to someone suffering from pain or tension in a particular area of the body. For 17 years Body Kneads has been serving the Providence community and helping to alleviate its clients' discomfort. According to the Body Kneads' owner, Victoria Moutahir, regular massage therapy delivers several benefits and can even be a key factor in preventing pain.

"Pain management for acute and chronic conditions, improved exercise performance, better sleep, and decreased stress are only a few but they are at the top of the list for our clients," she said. "I think an important benefit of receiving regular massage is for preventative reasons. Massage therapy helps people become more aware of their bodies which helps them be proactive when a symptom arises."

Body Kneads specializes in many forms of massage including Reiki, reflexology, couples, and pregnancy massage. But the Body Kneads' most popular and comprehensive offering is its tailored massage therapy which ranges from 30 minutes for a focused kneads massage on one particular area to a two-hour long ultimate needs package which includes a full body massage, regional work, plus two free add-on services. Moutahir and her caring, licensed massage therapists use a variety of massage techniques and encourage feedback during therapy to create a custom treatment for each individual. Each session takes place in a quiet, dimly lit room with soft music playing.

"We are dedicated to our clients' well being and we take the time to understand why our clients are coming in for massage therapy," she said. "Our clients receive personalized service, time with their massage therapist and an individual treatment plan every time they come in for an appointment."

Add-on treatments, which range from $5 to $10 extra, include aromatherapy, hot stones, a foot scrub, hand treatment, and more. In addition to massage, the therapeutic massage office specializes in manual lymph drainage, which is a very gentle, but extremely powerful hands-on treatment that helps cleanse the body's connective tissue of accumulated toxins. Manual lymph drainage has been researched and documented as an effective holistic treatment for over 60 health conditions.

For those experiencing lingering pain from an injury, massage can help prevent it from getting worse and adversely affecting the entire body.

Victoria Moutahitr

"When people have pain, there is a process in the body that protects the surrounding tissues," Moutahir said. "Pain causes muscle tension which leads to decreased circulation and range of motion, all of which increases the pain. The cycle goes on and brings more tension, continued decreased circulation, and more pain. Massage can help break this cycle."

The price for services depends, of course, on the type of massage therapy and length of a session, but right now Body Kneads is offering a discount if clients wish to book a session with its intern, Molly O'Brien. Because Body Kneads also believes in giving back to the Providence community, clients are eligible for perks and discounts by donating to Body Kneads food or diaper drive. Discounts are also available to those that book multiple sessions.

Body Kneads also teaches massage classes so that participants can practice the healing power of massage at home. Current classes include massage basics and infant massage. Body Kneads also brings its magic touch on the road in Providence and beyond through its mobile massage program, a service that's become popular with local employers.

Body Kneads is open seven days a week and will be celebrating its 18th year of business in October. For more visit bodykneadsinc.com.

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