In her free time, Danielle Frey hits hard as a roller derby girl, 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," she said.
For nearly six years, Danielle Bell has turned to massage therapy for relief from back pain.
"I find that the medications my doctors prescribed don't really address that so I come and get massages from Danielle," Bell said.
Swedish and deep tissue are the most common massages, but there are many techniques available today, including Thai Yoga, which involved stretching and compression work. Frey said 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," she said.
If you're not familiar with massage therapy, Angie's List recommends that you ask questions to be sure you're comfortable with the service.
"A massage can be a great way to pamper your mom this Mother's Day, but be sure it's going to be something she is going to want to do and is comfortable with. The last thing your mom is going to tell you is you wasted money. She probably won't be comfortable and she'll just throw the certificate in the drawer and never talk about it," said Angie Hicks from Angie's List.
Massage may not be ideal for people with health problems. And while Georgia law requires massage therapists to be licensed, other states may not, so be sure to ask before you buy a gift certificate in another state.
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