Local therapist fuses massage, physical therapy
Ben Parker smiles and speaks in a soothing tone as I lie face down on his massage table. He senses the overwhelming anxiety in my body as my first-ever massage is about to begin. The former teacher turned massage therapist has a teddy bear-like quality about him that instantly helps me relax.
Like a pianist stretching hands toward keys to begin playing a masterpiece, Ben places his hands on my back to take me to a world of relaxation and pampering. For sixty-four minutes, I can almost hear the ocean waves and feel the warmth of the sun’s rays.
Balance Wellness Center’s mission is to make every client feel as I do at this moment.
“That is why we schedule thirty minutes between every client. We want people to feel like they are not here just for the best service in town, but also for the overall pampering experience and personal attention they might not get anywhere else,” Ben explains. “The time it takes them to decompress from their day, and get on and off the table, as well as check in and out for their service doesn’t affect the time spent on the table. If they book a 60-, 90-, or 120-minute massage or facial with us, they get all of that time they paid for on the table, hands on, the whole time.”
Customers also seek relief from sore and tight muscles.
“They choose us because they know we give them a cross between the relaxation and stress relief they are after and also the sophisticated body work, physical therapy, and customized stretching and workout routines that will help bring their bodies back into proper functioning,” Ben says.
Ben’s signature massage techniques include Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and myofascial release. The Swedish massage is what Ben describes as the “feel good pampering stuff.” The deep tissue massage works the deep structures of the body, supporting the bones and spine. The neuromuscular massage, which is sometimes called the trigger point, reeducates the muscle to release and add new length to chronically tight and short muscles.
Ben did wonders for my arms and hands, which rarely get a break from constant typing, by using the myofascial release technique, which stretches and adds length to muscles, and frees them from scar tissues and fascial adhesions. My arms have never felt better!
“The body is like a radio tower; the spine is the tower, and the muscles are the guide wires,” Ben explains, adding that healthy motion in the spine and joints increases functionality throughout the body.
Ben, who has more than 2,500 hours of training in advanced bodywork, massage, and rehab technique, and is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise, ends the session by suggesting exercises that can improve my posture and structure.
Next, esthetician Donna Quirram, whom Ben describes as phenomenal, makes my face glow and breathe by giving me an individualized facial. She uses Osmosis Skin Care, a pharmaceutical-grade line that is focused on promoting healthy skin from within by using cutting-edge technology and techniques. The skin care philosophy at Balance Wellness is to work with the body, not against the body, and without harsh chemicals.
Donna has more than twenty years of experience in skin care and waxing.
“Here at Balance Wellness, we are bridging the gap between sophisticated massage and physical therapy. We want people to know that no matter what service you want—facial, waxing, massage, structural and postural bodywork, or sports massage—we are by far the best value in town,” Ben says.
Balance Wellness Center
809 S. Main Street, Suite 102
Georgetown, TX 78626