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Massage therapy benefits both body and mind

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Tappi Hughes, owner of Busy Bodies Massage

It seems that this is the time of year when the emphasis is on losing weight, eating healthy foods, starting some type of exercise program and trying to figure out a way to deal with the aches and pains of life without having to pop a dozen or more pills. There's a pill for almost every pain out there, whether it's for a stiff joint or a depressed mind. Without a doubt, there are some situations where medication is needed, but massage therapy is an alternative treatment for pain that many people are finding much more satisfying.

Tappi Hughes is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist who has been practicing for two years. "I became interested in massage therapy when I was living in Arizona and later in Austria," she commented. "It seemed as though people would use alternative therapies for pain and injuries instead of making trips to the doctor for medicine." When Tappi moved back to Iowa (she is originally from Postville), she was drawn more and more toward massage therapy. After working a bit, she decided to go back to school and pursue a career in massage by attending Total Look School of Cosmetology and Massage Therapy in Cresco. She has also taken several other classes dealing with different modalities for massage since graduation and say she can't wait to take even more of these classes.

Right now Tappi offers her clients four main types of massage: Swedish, which is great for relaxing the muscles; deep tissue, a massage that concentrates on working out all of those "knots" and relieves inflammation and tight muscles; Thai, a massage that is fantastic for relaxing and stretching out the entire body from head to toes; and hot stones, another wonderful relaxing massage. She has a wide range of clients who come to her for a variety of reasons. "Most come to have tight muscles worked on a bit, but some also come because massage is a great way to eliminate pain that is associated with arthritis, lower back, headaches, carpel tunnel, and sciatic pain," Tappi explained. Another benefit of massage, Tappi went on to mention, was that of reducing stress. "Massage can free your mind from stress and is a great way to connect your mind and body."

Tappi says she loves going to work every day because she knows she is offering a service to people that benefits them in a positive way. "It makes me feel good to know that I'm helping others, whether it's just for them to relax or actually decrease pain they've been dealing with," she remarked in a recent interview.

Some may feel that massage is a luxury they can't afford, but others who have experienced the relief that comes from an hour of massage therapy know that it is far from a luxury. It is a healthy, natural alternative treatment for pain that can only be appreciated through experience.

Tappi's business, Busy Bodies Massage, has two convenient locations in Cresco and Preston. For more information or to schedule an appointment you can reach her at 563-419-4084 or email her at

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