SALEM - Various massage therapies release muscle toxins, increase the circulation of blood flow and increase energy, Shelby Perry, L.M.T., said.
She practices six therapy types including Swedish, relaxation, deep tissue, therapeutic, myofascial release and sports massage.
Perry is a 1997 Salem High School graduate and as a senior was the MAC basketball player of the year. Today she owns Shelby Massotherapy at 1098 E. State St., Suite C., in the AT&T retail building.
After high school, Perry said she got started in massotherapy when she heard about a school in Cornersburg in 1998 and enrolled.
Licensed by the state medical board in 2000, she worked for Dr. Gary Smith, a chiropractor in Salem until 2012 when she took a full-time position with a local hospice company.
That recently changed, she said, "And I really wanted to reopen my business because I missed running my own business, providing healing and the social aspect with those people who were a part of my business and made it prosper."
Perry explained, "I have a lot of experience in many different areas of massage, including the active release technique that involves stretching of a muscle while in motion using compression.
"My practice includes Swedish massage which is a form of relaxation providing gentle pressure to release muscle toxins, increase the circulation of blood flow more than four times its normal rate which increase energy.
"It provides benefits to the mind, body and soul," she added.
The deep tissue massage is more intense, Perry said, "to relieve chronic pain and restore mobility. It is used for injuries, repetitive muscle strains, and providing relief for trouble spots."
The myofascial release relaxes contracted muscles by applying gentle pressure on the connective tissues and increases venous and lymph drainage.
Perry said, "This type of massage helps with range of motion."
Her mission is "to use my knowledge and expertise to relieve my clients of stress, depression, chronic pain, muscle ailments, symptoms of illness and provide relaxation and relief."
She said some medical problems like strains and sprains, fibromyalgia, long-term illness can be helped by increasing the blood flow by massotherapy or, she said, "Maybe just to treat yourself and relax from the hustle and bustle of daily life ... a massage would definitely help in ways you can't even see or feel as well."
Her practice is by appointment only at 330-853-3807 during the week from 8 a.m.
"I also work Saturdays. I am very flexible when it comes to making appointments," Perry said, adding, "I also provide therapy to nursing homes, assisted living, and home-care patients."
If a client feels more comfortable getting a massage in their home, "that is a service I provide also," she said.
First time clients get an automatic 25 percent discount; after four massages, a fifth massage is 50 percent off.
"I have special business cards that I stamp that you will bring each time you visit," she said, adding her rates are $70 for 90 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes and $30 for 30 minutes.
"My goal is that when you leave my office, you will be relieved spiritually, physically and mentally."