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Find your Serenity Within in Preston

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Nancy Back stands in her new massage office located at 133 Fillmore Street W. in Preston, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A new business has opened in Preston, Minn. where area residents can go for a relaxing massage that can be beneficial to their health and well-being. Nancy Back has opened Serenity Within, which is located at 133 Fillmore Street W., Suite 4, in downtown Preston.

Back attended the Total Look School of Cosmetology and Massage Therapy in Cresco, Iowa where she received her State of Iowa license in Massage Therapy. The State of Minnesota does not require a license in order to work as a massage therapist, but Back wanted to receive the education and accreditation that comes with a license.

There are many techniques which Back specializes in including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, geriatric massage, pre- and post-natal massage, sciatica issues, Myofascial release, sinus massages, as well as massages for muscular pain and other ailments.

Back describes Swedish massage as a relaxing massage. Myofascial release helps the body to move properly. Nancy works with patients who have TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), which can cause pain in the jaw and muscles controlling the jaw, and can alleviate pain from the condition with massage. She explains that she is comfortable enough to actually work inside people’s mouths, something that many massage therapists are not.

Back stated that massage can help with many conditions including helping to heal scar tissue following surgery or from burns. According to Back massage can help allergies, colds, and headaches also. Back uses a technique of hair-pulling to ease pain of patients with headaches and migraine headaches and is happy to explain to people how to use this technique themselves at home because she knows it is not always easy to get an appointment immediately when a headache occurs.

Massage can also help with Lymphedema, which causes swelling in the arms and/or legs. Back states she has seen a vast improvement in one particular gentleman she has been working with who suffers from Lymphedema.

After going through tough personal issues in her life, Back credits her children for helping her reach this point. The children, Audra, 21, who is a step-daughter that Nancy raised, is currently in the Navy serving on the USS Harry S. Truman. Children still at home include Joshua, 15, Kasey, 14, and Brendon, 13.

Nancy states her children believed in her which kept her going and they have been responsible and picked up the slack when needed. She said, “They are great kids that have been understanding and willing to make sacrifices.” This has helped Back achieve her goals. Nancy said, “I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

The name Serenity Within comes from the Serenity Prayer which has been a strong influence in Back’s life. It also reflects the hope that she can help her clients find peace within themselves.

Before massaging a person Back discusses their health history and any current health problems. This discussion time does not count against massage time. When giving a massage Back always looks for “trigger sites,” which are areas that can be causing problems and will notify the client if any issues are found. It will then be the client’s decision as to whether they would like to address those issues with massage or not.

When asked how she hopes her clients feel upon leaving her business, she stated, “I hope relaxed,” although it is not uncommon to have some soreness following a massage. Back explains that a massage releases toxins and suggests to her clients that they drink a lot of water following a massage to cleanse their systems.

The cost of massages are $40 - 30 minutes, $55 - 60 minutes, and $80 - 90 minutes. As of now hours are by appointment only. Back also works part-time at Preston Foods and although she enjoys that job, she hopes to be able to build her clientele to the point where she will be able to work full-time at her business. Having just opened the doors of Serenity Within in December 2013, she is excited to meet and help as many people as possible. A Grand Opening will be held at Serenity Within at a later date. Phone (815) 275-2360 for an appointment with Nancy Back.

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