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Tricia Frazier recognizes 'power' of touch

October 31st, 2011 9:22 am by Staff Report

Tricia Frazier recognizes  'power' of touch

Tricia Frazier knows the "power" of touch.

As a massage therapist at Absolute Hair & Body Worx, Frazier sees the results of touch on her customers daily.

"My favorite part of the day is when a client walks out of the therapy room, and I can see the expression of utter happiness on their face," Frazier said.

Working as a massage therapist is a relatively new career for Frazier. She spent several years sitting at a desk and realized she wanted to do more with her life. Frazier had an interest in massage therapy and enrolled at the Reflections of Health School of Massage in Johnson City. She spent 500 hours learning anatomy, physiology and massage therapy before she could obtain her state license to become a massage therapist.

Business was initially slow, but Frazier decided to cut her prices in half from the standard recommended massage fees of $30, $50 and $70 for the respective 30, 60 and 90-minute massage. And that decision worked so well that Frazier has remained booked weeks out. These special prices will remain in effect until the end of November.

She offers both Swedish and deep tissue massage and aromatherapy. Contrary to popular belief, Frazier explained massage does not involve the use of hands to provide relaxation. In fact, hands are used only on the face, hands and feet. The remainder of the body is massaged through body pressure applied by the massage therapist.

Most people are open to massage therapy and find it extremely beneficial to balancing mind, body and spirit. There are those, though, who resist massage therapy because they simply do not like to be touched by unfamiliar people.

For those folks, Frazier recommended developing a personal relationship with a massage therapist and starting slowly with only a facial or hand massage. "Without touch a person can die. Touch is important to our total well-being."

Massage therapy rebalances the entire body. "One hour of massage is said to be equivalent to seven to eight hours of sleep. Bob Hope had a massage every day, and he lived to be 100."

Frazier loves her new career. "I love what I do…making people feel better. It’s not about the money, but what I bring to the table."

She will be offering holiday gift certificates in which a customer who buys one massage at full price receives a second one at half-price. Frazier works Tuesday through Saturday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Frazier at Absolute Hair & Body Worx at 423-246-4247 (HAIR) or on her personal cell phone at 423-384-5539.

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