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Rejuvenating Touch Massage Therapy Is Dedicated to Bodywork

By Elisha Neubauer

Gioia DeSimone has made massage therapy her life.

In 2003, Gioia, pronounced "joy-ah", graduated from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she became board certified in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work. She joined the American Massage Therapy Association and went on to become certified in Rhode Island in mid-2003.

Since becoming board certified, Gioia has continued to push her education further in order to stay on top of the latest techniques and tools. She has done courses in structural bodywork which involves a postural analysis and deep, slow myofascial techniques in attempt to unwind strain patterns residing in your body restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length and ease. In 2008 she completed full training in Structural Integration through Kinesis. In 2011 she attended "Secrets of the Spine," a Myofascial training through Advanced Trainings. During 2015, Gioia completed "Myofascia and Movement" and in 2016 she accomplished "Headaches and Migranes; Head, Neck and Jaw I & II."

Shortly after completing her board certification, Gioia launched Rejuvenating Touch Massage Therapy in Warwick, RI. Opened in 2004, she focuses on helping clients with a varied degree of complications. Her practice covers everything from the aches and common repetitive muscle strains of daily life to chronic back and spinal disc problems, sports-related injuries, and surgery rehabilitation. Each session is tailored to the client. This allows Gioia to truly address the individual needs of each client without having to follow a cookie-cutter format.

"I work on athletes, elderly, anyone pre or post surgery," Gioia said. "Massage is really not exclusive to anyone, a good amount of my clients just come to be preventative and maintain a healthy body."

As her clientele is so diverse, Gioia tries to offer an environment that is warm and welcoming to everyone. From the moment you step in the door you feel relaxed, comforted. The walls are filled with eclectic art selections, unlike a typical massage parlor which portrays a spa-like appearance. Piping through the speakers is a calming blues or jazz playlist, setting the tone for your upcoming session.

With today's reliance on technology and the demand for modern medicine to provide the instant-fix, Gioia wants her clients to know how important it is for people to have an awareness of what is happening in their own bodies.

"I think that many structural and physical problems can be prevented with this type of less intrusive bodywork," Gioia said. "The body heals itself; it sometimes needs a push in the right direction."

She's always eager to help educate others on the benefits of bodywork and massage. She claims that the long term benefits to receiving massage include relieving muscle tension and stiffness, improving overall circulation, and increasing joint flexibility and range of motion. It can also reduce muscle spasm and cramping, decrease blood pressure, aid in recovery from injury or surgery (decreases scar tissue,) and strengthen the immune system. These, of course, are just the physical benefits.

Massage and body work can also improve energy and alertness, calm the mind, encourage relaxation and stress reduction, promote general feeling of well-being, and just feel great.

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