(FROM ANGIE'S LIST) - In her free time, Danielle Frey hits hard as a roller derby girl on the flat track, 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 says massage therapy helped relieve her back pain.
"I have a lot of muscle pain, especially in my upper back. 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."
Swedish and deep tissue is the most common massages, but there are many techniques available today.
"I've gotten massage for many years just because I have a lot of tension, says consumer Amy Wallarab.
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.
A massage might not be ideal for everyone -- especially those with health problems. If you're considering a gift of massage for someone else - make sure they check first with their doctor. And while most states require massage therapists to be licensed -- Angie's List says there are a handful of states that don't.
ask what level of education or testing they have acquired.?
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