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Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Massage Therapy at Its Dixie Site

Tuesday October 14, 2008

Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Massage Therapy at Its Dixie Site

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (October 14, 2008) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free massage therapy to the general public.

Massage therapy is offered at the Dixie Health Center located in the Southwest Government Center at 7219 Dixie Highway every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sign-ups for 30 minute massage slots are taken at the Dixie Center each Wednesday morning.

Massages are offered by licensed massage therapists and by students training to be massage therapists. Massage services are being donated by the Louisville School of Massage.

Metro Public Health and Wellness Department Director Dr. Adewale Troutman said, “We are delighted to be working with the Louisville School of Massage on this project to bring the benefits of massage therapy to populations for which they might not otherwise be available.”

Brent Williams, founder and president of the Louisville School of Massage said, “I've always had an interest in making massage therapy available to as many people as possible. The healing benefits of massage therapy are profound. We know that many diseases are related to stress. Since massage can help a person manage his or her stress it has a beneficial effect on the healing process. Massage is also helpful with many specific conditions from headaches to lower back pain to sports injuries and much more.”

Massages are performed with the fully-clothed client sitting in a specially equipped chair with the face in a cushioned position. This exposes the back, neck and arms so that the massage therapist can easily work on those areas. Massage therapy can reduce muscle spasms, ease tension and aid in injury recovery.

The mission of the Department of Public Health and Wellness is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville.