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A Massage Center is like a Temple. A Temple that honors the wellbeing of its clientele. We take our job seriously. We train our minds in the art of Medical Massage Therapy and offer our services to provide a healing environment. Our job is to recognize the health and wellbeing of all and to support that health through Massage Therapy. We combine awareness, professional training and our listening hands. We encourage all people during their journey in life. May all be free from suffering.
is to promote the health and function within others and ourselves.
provides an environment free from the stressors of life.
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Athens Medical Massage is a Treatment Center providing Clinical and Relaxation Massage Therapy Sessions. We welcome all people, in all walks of life. With caring, professionally licensed massage therapists on staff and friendly receptionists greeting clients at the door, the Center operats out of five different treatment rooms. Providing day, evening and weekend options. Massages are by “appointment only” and can be scheduled online or by phone (Same day treatments are often available).
The owners of Athens Medical Massage, Leila and Aaron McAvoy, are a husband and wife massage-therapist-team. They live in rural Athens County with their four children and many animals. With over 25 years of combined massage practice they run the administration of the business and simultaneously work as Massage Therapists within the Center.
Ida Rose Osborne founded Athens Medical Massage during the turn of the century. Through her never-ending dedication, ingenuity and continuous labors she patiently nurtured Athens Medical Massage into the stand-alone massage business within Athens County. With a deeply caring and trained touch, Ida’s healing hands have been laid upon thousands of people over the years. She brings a smile to the face and heart of all. She is a treasure, a master of her work and a solid friend.
When Ida approached Aaron and Leila about taking over her business, she was not thinking only about the day to day aspects of a brick-and-mortar store, she was thinking about her family business and wanted the future owners to cherish the Center as she has. Leila and Aaron are proud to do so.
A massage may include one or a blending of the following techniques depending on the therapist and the needs of the client. This list is only intended to demonstrate some, but not all, of the techniques often used during a massage.
Aaron became licensed in 2003 in Massage Therapy. He went on to receive a degree in Biological Science. He apprenticed over the past decades with many people and continues to do so. As one of the owners of Athens Medical Massage he dedicates himself to the development of his arts.
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While studying in 2011 at the Sacred Mountain Midwifery School in Spruce Knob, WV Leila began practicing massage to help with the lower back and pelvic issues of those around her. Over the years she has continued to develop her skills to encompass the entire somatic body. Deciding to work in Ohio as a LMT she received her license in 2020. She is now one of the proud owners of Athens Medical Massage.
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Ida became a licensed massage therapist in 1987, and was a member of the Hocking College Massage Therapy Program teaching staff for 20 years. In addition to providing general (Swedish) massage, Ida holds a specialized certificate in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and she specializes in deep tissue work to help reduce pain and restore function in her clients. Ida has also long been a practitioner of, and has extensive training in, Letha Yoga (partner-assisted stretching, with some similarities to Thai massage.)
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As Ida Osborne's eldest daughter, Kelci grew up with massage therapy! She has held her Massage Therapist license since 2005, and has a parallel career as a registered nurse. Kelci has additional Neuromuscular Therapy certification. Capable and grounded, she has an intuitive sense, bolstered by her training in anatomy and physiology, for choosing the most effective techniques for each client.
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Nikki is an alumna of Ohio University & graduated with a 4.0 GPA from the Hocking College massage therapy program in 2009. Experienced in a wide variety of styles, she particularly enjoys using deep tissue massage to help clients find relief from long term aches & pains. In her off time, she loves camping and hiking. She lives in Athens with her husband, 3 cats and a dog.
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Katie’s goal as a massage therapist is to help others live without pain. To achieve this, she most often uses deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and stretching to relieve pain and tension. She finds that many of her clients’ main sources of tension (and origins of pain) are in the neck, back and hips, so these get extra attention. Katie is a grounded realist, who loves the challenge of helping people find relief from chronic pain issues and experience relaxation in their stressful lives.
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Aimee is from Humboldt County, California. Her interest in massage started at age 7, when she began giving friends and family members massages and it became apparent that she had a real gift for massage. Aimee originally was interested in pursuing a career in nursing, but she realized that her true calling was more "hands-on." Her previous study of anatomy and physiology was very useful as she entered the massage program at Hocking College, graduating with an Associate of Technical Studies degree, and became a licensed massage therapist. Each client presents Aimee with different needs for the variety of modalities she uses. These include "pin and stretch", muscle energy technique, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, peripheral neuromuscular facilitation, passive and/or active range of motion, and static deep tissue work. When a client presents with a specific complaint, such as sciatic pain or shoulder limitation, she performs an assessment using a variety of musculoskeletal tests to ensure that each client receives the most appropriate therapy for the condition they are experiencing.
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When Karen was young she cared for her grandparents in Texas, they called her their "little nurse." Her mother, often suffering from back and sciatic pain, would have Karen massage her to relieve the pain. It was while massaging her mother that Karen decided she wanted to pursue massage as a career.
After raising her three children she decided it was time to pursue massage by enrolling in Hocking College's Massage Therapy Program. Under the guidance of Dr. Mark Cullen she made her dream a reality. Karen continues to further her education and massage techniques so she can assist her clients to live active and pain free lives.
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We as medical practitioners have an obligation to provide a safe space for our clients and ourselves. We follow the Responsible Restart Ohio, Department of Health guidelines for Massage Therapy. Some examples (but not limited to) are:
Massage is confidential by law. Client identity, information, or conversations of any kind are held in confidence. The office door is closed during sessions. At all times the client is under sheets (and or towels) to protect privacy. Before and after treatments the Therapist leaves the room while the client prepares.