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Lincoln massage therapists rub people the right way

July 17, 2008|Christina Miller

Marty Ryan has spent most of his life repairing automobiles until recently.

Now he's a licensed massage therapist with Healing Touch Massage Therapy, now in its third year of operation.

"I've spent my entire mechanical life fixing things," he said. "I find out what's broken and fix it, or in this case maybe not completely fix it, but help it."

Ryan owned a machine shop in Danville for 20 years, but because of economic reasons he had to sell his shop. He said his initial interest in massage therapy came about because of his own personal experience with pain from which he found relief through chiropractors and massage.

"In my youth, I spent five years in the mission field. I have a desire to help people and massage therapy is one way I can do that."

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Savannah Julian, also a licensed massage therapist at Healing Touch, said, "I always wanted to go into the health field. I tried physical therapy at EKU for a while, but I didn't like it. Then I saw a commercial for massage therapy at Spencerian College and thought I might want to do that." She added that when she was little she liked giving back rubs to her parents.

Mrs. Julian has been with Healing Touch since September. She graduated in March 2007 from Spencerian after completing a 15-month program to earn her massage therapy license.

Kathy Oswald, Healing Touch owner, said, "A lot of people think massage therapy is 'frou-frou,' but when they get up from the table they say, 'This is nothing like I thought it would be.'"

Massage relieves stress, aids circulation, promotes sleep and relieves headaches, she said.

"Ninety-five percent of my clients come for chronic pain," Oswald said.

Julian said, "If they can suffer less pain then it makes me feel better to know I helped someone else."

Healing Touch massage options include: Swedish massage, pre-natal and post-natal massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, connective tissue, moist heat therapy, aromatherapy, and trigger point therapy, a deep tissue massage.

Healing Touch offers 30-minute sessions for $30, 1-hour sessions for $55, and 1-Ã?½ hour sessions for $80.

To make an appointment, call 859-326-7410 or 859-583-7497.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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