Aches, pain, stress -- April Wiebe can help. Wiebe, a licensed massage therapist since 2003, opened Travel'n Hands Massage Therapy in April 2004. She can bring her skills to you in your home, to shut-ins at assisted living and long-term care facilities, and to clients at Kutting Edge Hair Salon.
She obtained her license from the Omaha School of Massage Therapy.
"Going to massage therapy school provided me with a great deal of information and hands-on techniques to help people improve their health in more natural and holistic ways," she said. "The power of touch is absolutely incredible."
Wiebe began her massage therapy practice with a chiropractor.
"I liked that type of a setting, it was more therapeutic," she said. "I like to help people with their pain.
"Massage is a great stress reducer. Stress can cause all kinds of problems."
Wiebe offers Swedish, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massages, she is also skilled with reflexology.
- Swedish Massage uses different strokes to relax a client.
- Deep Tissue Massage works into the muscles and is used to relieve knots and spots that are especially tender. It is the more therapeutic of the massages.
- Pregnancy Massage involves special techniques to help expectant mothers with their changing bodies.
- Reflexology is massage for the feet and hands -- it is believed different spots on the feet and hands are tied to different organs in the body, and by massaging these spots the organs can release blocked energy.
"People look at massage as a luxury, but it's really health maintenance," Wiebe said. "By reducing stress you reduce health problems."
She said the frequency with which a person should have a massage depends on their condition. She suggested a monthly maintenance massage for the average person with a few aches and pains. For someone with a great deal of either physical or mental stress, Wiebe said an appointment every two weeks would be helpful.
"If you have some chronic problems, or you have been recently injured, you may need once or twice a week (sessions), until the problem is sufficiently controlled and then get on a maintenance program," she said.
Maintenance massages generally take an hour, while work on a specific body areas takes about a half hour.
Often after a first massage, or if there is a long time between the massages, a client will experience flu-like symptoms due to the toxins being released from the muscles. The best way to handle the symptoms is to drink lots of fluids, in order to flush the toxins from the system.
"When your body gets used to having massage, it actually starts to relax before you get on the table," Wiebe said. "Once your body is in the habit of relaxing, it will hold the results of the massage longer, thus giving you more pain free time to do the things you enjoy doing."
To get a sample of a massage, Wiebe will do upper and lower back and shoulder work on clients using chair massage techniques. She travels with the chair as well as her massage table.
Wiebe plans to continue her massage training; it is required to maintain her license. She said she would like to learn neuromuscular therapy for its more medical aspects. She also wants to learn water massage.
She is currently incorporating "ear candling" into her practice. This involves placing a wicked, paraffin tube in the ear an lighting the wick. The smoke draws out waste and can help relieve upper respiratory and sinus problems.
To make an appointment, Wiebe prefers 24 hours notice, but she can occasionally provide same-day service.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Wiebe at (928) 468-1273, or (928) 978-2414.