Herald Journal Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, March 11, 2002

Vital Fitness adds massage

By Lynda Jensen

Massage was recently added to the long list of services available at Vital Fitness at the Stellar Health Care Complex, Highway 12, Howard Lake.

Jenny Hatrick will be offering several different kinds of massage, including Swedish massage, pressure point and deep tissue massage, as well as reflexology.

Her specialty is Swedish, which focuses on relaxation, using light flowing strokes, she said.

Pressure, or trigger point therapy, is the equivalent of working knots and muscle spasms out, she said.

Reflexology is one of the oldest forms of massage.

Used by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, reflexology operates on the theory that major blood lines and nerve endings run throughout the body.

These nerve endings and blood lines reflect to every major organ, she said.

For example, there are certain areas on the hand that correspond directly to the heart, spine, and sinus, she said.

In fact, someone Hatrick knew was continually having neck aches, she said.

Hatrick found a callous under her patient's big toe, which runs directly to that neck area, she said.

Hatrick massaged the area, eventually making the callous disappear, and the neck pain was gone, she said.

Hospitals use reflexology to allieve pain on cancer patients, Hatrick said.

Hatrick is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hatrick has a number of certificates, including seated and advanced massed from Touch of Life school, based out of Eden Prairie.

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